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For Durham Students

All Durham UG and post-grads are welcome to get involved with the project. We are extremely lucky to now have the Midgley Archive at Durham, especially as this material is yet to be studied. We don’t currently have any funding for our interns but we can help find you work that will contribute to your studies – perhaps forming the basis of your dissertation – and enhance your c.v. You might also consider applying for a Durham University Scholarship through the In Parenthesis project. One of our current students, Sebastian Sanchez-Schilling, won a Laidlaw Scholarship for a project on Virtue Ethics. You can read about his trip to the archives here.

For Liverpool students

All Liverpool UG and post-grads are welcome to get involved with the project. We don’t currently have any funding for our interns but we can help find you work that will contribute to your studies – perhaps forming the basis of your dissertation – and enhance your c.v. If you’d like to set up a reading group – either all-women’s or mixed – drop us an email or pop in to see Rachael Wiseman in the philosophy department.


We are currently welcoming expressions of interest from MA and research students in EU universities for a traineeship on the In Parenthesis project through the instrument of Erasmus+. The internship will be funded via Erasmus+ through the ‘Sending Institution’ – that is, your home university. If you are interested, drop us an email outlining how you meet the ‘The Intern’ criteria, along with your CV. Below is a sample ‘Learning Agreement’ which you can send to your Erasmus co-ordinator at your home institution in order to establish your eligibility (viz. from the point of view of the ‘Sending Institution’ and your particular study program). Fortunately, Erasmus+ is still live for 2017-2018 despite the recent referendum. We welcome your applications and to fostering new research links outwith the UK. IPErasmusTraineeship


If you are interested in an internship on In Parenthesis outside the Erasmus scheme, please do contact us to discuss. We always have short project and research work we need help with, including working in the Midgley archive and writing for our website. Though we do not currently have funding available for interns (outside of Erasmus), we are doing what we can to secure some for future work, so it’s worth letting us know who you are and how you would like to be involved.


Read about our interns and research assistants

My name is Ellie Robson, I am Third Year student, studying Philosophy at Durham University. I started working with the InParenthesis team at the beginning of this academic year, and have found their work fascinating. I have a specific interest in Mary Midgley, and hope to continue my study of her work in my dissertation and beyond. (You can read Ellie’s post ‘Is Philosophy Like Plumbing?’ in the Writings section of the website)
My name is Annie McCallion and I am one of the project’s PhD students. I am primarily based at the University of Manchester; situated between the sociology and philosophy departments there (see my profile here). I am centrally interested in investigating women’s representation in philosophy – with a particular emphasis on reasons for women’s attrition from the discipline. My supervisors are Helen Beebee, Rachael Wiseman and Wendy Bottero; my research attempts to shed light on the dialectical style of philosophy, how this style contributes to philosophical conceptions of ‘clarity’ and how these disciplinary facets may impact upon – or relate to – women’s attrition from philosophy. My interest and research really began as an undergraduate when I served as a research assistant for Rachael and Clare on the In Parenthesis Project. Whilst doing so, I ran reading groups for marginalised genders in philosophy; drawing upon insights I had gained whilst running these reading groups, I wrote my master’s thesis under the supervision of Jenny Saul (University of Sheffield) on the topic of why women leave philosophy. I am delighted now to be furthering the work of Rachael and Clare by continuing to investigate this crucial aspect of the In Parenthesis project.
My name is Sebastián Sánchez-Schilling. I’ll be starting my second year as a philosophy student in October 2017. My interests in the (In Parenthesis) project first began when I saw Dr. Wiseman deliver a lecture on Anscombe and her ethics, which was – up to that point – the most interesting thing I had encountered in philosophy. This interest developed after attending Dr. Mac-Cumhaill’s lectures on Anscombe’s philosophy of perception. Finally, I attended the research group’s film night in Newcastle at the end of Epiphany term, where I met and spoke with Mary Midgley. This had a profound effect on me and I immediately asked to get involved in the project. As well as being an assistant to the research project, I am a Laidlaw Scholar in Research and Leadership at Durham. My research project consists of assessing Murdoch, Anscombe, Foot and Alasdair MacIntyre (taking them to be representative of the 20th-century revival of virtue ethics) in terms of how they view the relationship between ethics and politics. I consider it a privilege to be able to help out with this project as these women achieved some of the most important and underappreciated work in philosophy in the 20th century. Likewise, they present a vital insight into how we do philosophy.
My name is Sarah Lewin. Last year, during my final year of study for a BA in Philosophy at Durham, I was fortunate enough to begin working on the In Parenthesis project, as a Research Associate. My fundamental task was to compile comprehensive timelines for each of the women studied by the project: Mary Midgley, Philippa Foot, Elizabeth Anscombe, Iris Murdoch and Mary Warnock. These timelines aimed to chronicle all the significant life events and philosophical publications of the women, as well as any details of their interactions with one another. As straightforward as this task initially sounded, compiling the timelines proved to be much more challenging than anticipated. Each of the women were incredibly prolific, with Mary Midgley in particular producing 4-5 philosophical essays and reviews each month, from the early 1970’s, until present. The other four women had similarly staggering bibliographies to contend with, and many hours were spent consolidating this information into cohesive chronologies. Ultimately, I wanted to make the timelines as accurate as possible, and spent a great deal of time tracing each publication back to its original source, in order to ensure that all the bibliographical information presented in my work was correct. Despite being challenging, it was an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to research these incredible women, and to gain an insight into both their personal, and academic lives. Perhaps the greatest pleasure of all was hearing that Mary Midgley herself had read my chronicle of her life and works, and was able to add a few personal details that were not available through any amount of research. This additional input from Midgley ensures that her completed timeline offers a significantly comprehensive biographical account, and I am confident that the other four timelines are similarly illuminating, and accurate. Above all, the opportunity to do my own research for the In Parenthesis project has really confirmed to me that philosophy is something I would love to continue pursuing. This year I will be returning to Durham to do an MA in philosophy, and my work on the project has undoubtedly been a great factor in the success of my application. I’ve also been very fortunate to receive a scholarship from Durham University to help cover the tuition fees, and again, I am grateful to the In Parenthesis project for putting me in such a strong position for this award.
My name is Samuel Cooper. I studied at York, and am now writing a PhD at University of Liverpool (see my profile here). I keep doing philosophy because I can no more give it up than I can give up breathing. What else is there to say about me? I’m a big fan of Iris Murdoch. I write a lot my essays collaboratively with my imaginary friend Lucy. I’m hoping to write something about Weil and Murdoch and the impersonal if I can ever get round to it after I’ve worked out how Aquinas’s logic of co-operation accounts for all of the cases he seems to think it does.
My name is Jazmine Bourke and I’m the current Research Assistant for the In Parenthesis Project. My main tasks are running the project’s reading group, working with Durham University Philosophy Society to foster the project’s values, and promoting relevant events. I first encountered In Parenthesis in my second year, when I joined the reading group run by Anne-Marie and attended the conference held in Epiphany term. Since then, I have found the project to be invaluable. I am an English Literature student, and before university I had relatively little experience with philosophy as an academic discipline: thus, the project has provided a space in which I can develop my confidence and critical engagement in what is a relatively new area for me. The project has not only cultivated my enthusiasm for the works of Midgley, Foot, Murdoch and Anscombe; it has also been the catalyst which enabled me to explore many other areas of philosophy about which I am truly passionate.