Year in Review & Future Plans

2013-2014 was the inaugural year for SWIP-Analytic, a branch of the New York Society for Women in Philosophy dedicated to providing a forum for women in the New York area working in language, mind, metaphysics, logic, ethics, epistemology, and philosophy of science. During this time SWIP-Analytic has held a number of events and has even bigger plans for next year. Our presentations are open to all and are made monthly by invited female faculty and students selected from paper calls. Events are held at CUNY and NYU in New York City.

Last year, the SWIP-Analytic organizers were Vera Flocke from NYU, and Chloé Cooper Jones, Zoe Jenkin, Marilynn Johnson, and Katherine Tullmann from CUNY. Our sponsors are NYU’s New York Institute of Philosophy, the CUNY Graduate Center Department of Philosophy, the John H. Kornblith Family Chair at the CUNY Graduate Center, the CUNY Graduate Center Office of the Provost, and the CUNY Graduate Center Office of the President. We are extremely grateful that our sponsors have committed to supporting our project through its third year.


Our first presentation was by Professor Sharon Street (NYU) on “Normativity and Water: The Analogy and Its Limits”. Next we had two student presentations by Ashley Atkins (Princeton) and Lisa Miracchi (Rutgers). Spring semester kicked off with “Gender Gaps and Conceptions of Ability” by Sarah-Jane Leslie (Princeton), followed by “Is there a Hardest Problem of Consciousness?” by Katalin Balog (Rutgers-Newark). For our next event, SWIP-Analytic teamed up with the Saul Kripke Center to host Gillian Russell (Wash U. St. Louis) who presented “Hume’s Law and Other Barriers to Implication” (below). Our final event of the year featured two talks by the winners of our essay prize, Fatema Amijee (UT-Austin) and Kate Nolfi (UNC-Chapel Hill), with “The Normativity of Nonsense” and “Why the Epistemic Status of Our Beliefs Ought to Weigh With Us”, respectively. We would like to extend a special thanks to Adriana Renero for photographing most of these events. View past presentations here.


In addition, SWIP-Analytic organizer Chloé Cooper Jones, who also happens to be the interviews editor at a New York-based literary journal, has been conducting interviews with SWIP-Analytic presenter Sarah-Jane Leslie (below) about her work on generics and her research on women in philosophy. We plan to release these interviews on our website,, sometime this summer.


We have a number of esteemed presenters lined up to present next year including, Laura Franklin-Hall (NYU), Deirdre Wilson (UCL/CSMN), Jessica Moss (NYU), and Susanna Siegel (Harvard). SWIP-Analytic will also be hosting a panel at the Hypatia Conference, Exploring Collaborative Contestations, at Villanova University May 28-30, 2015. View next year’s presentations here.

To top it all off, other developments for next year include the addition of two new organizers to our team, Kathryn Pendoley, a PhD student at CUNY, and Lisa Miracchi, NYU’s Bersoff Fellow next year and a past SWIP-Analytic speaker (below). One of our organizers, Zoe Jenkin, will move to Harvard next year and has plans to begin a SWIP-Analytic, Boston branch. We are thrilled that our project will be expanding! Stay tuned for more information on this new group fall semester. 2014-2-2015 promises to be an exciting year and we look forward to our future ventures, made possible by our sponsors and speakers.


Keep an eye on our website for news of future events!

Marilynn Johnson,

On behalf of SWIP-Analytic

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