Bergen Network for Women in Philosophy

The Bergen Network for Women in Philosophy (BNWP) aims to increase the proportion of women studying and working in philosophy. The network was established to counterbalance the overwhelming number of men dominating the discipline. The proportion of women faculty members in permanent positions is 13%. Women are also clearly underrepresented at both graduate and undergraduate levels of study. Experience shows that men have greater access to informal professional social fora than women and that women, for various reasons, can feel excluded from these. One of the network’s central tasks is working to increase the proportion of women in philosophy at all levels, both amongst students and faculty members. Each semester the network arranges a lecture series open to everyone. A yearly conference is arranged, but for network members only. Other activities are arranged on an ongoing basis.

BNWP events this semester:

Seminar: Wednesday 28 February, 18:15-20:00 - Wendy Wilutzky

Lunch: Monday 12 March, 12:00-13:00

Seminar: Week 13 (date to be determined), 18:15-20:00 - Vivil Haraldsen

Lunch: Thursday 12 April, 12:00-13:00

Seminar: Tuesday 24 April, 18:15-20:00 - Oda Tvedt

Workshop: 29-30 May - Lydia Goehr (Columbia), etc. 



Research funding

BNWP research funding opportunity

The Bergen Network for Women in Philosophy currently has funds available to support women who are pursuing or have recently completed a research degree (master or doctorate) in Philosophy.


Vivil Haraldsen: "Reason and the city-soul analogy in Plato’s "Republic""

In this talk Vivil Haraldsen will ask what light the city-soul analogy of Plato’s "Republic" casts on the conception of reason and reason’s rule in the soul in the dialogue, focusing on passages concerned with the vicious regimes in city and soul in Books 8-9 as well as passages explaining...

Conference autumn 2017

Female voices in philosophy

This conference showcased the work of female philosophers in an effort to contribute to counterbalancing the dominance of male voices in academic philosophy.

What does gender equality mean for women researchers in the 21st century?

Cambridge University summit highlights challenges in chasing the still-elusive goals of equal representation and equal pay.