Women in Philosophy

On the occasion of International Women's Day and Women's History March, women in philosophy at the University of Birmingham explain what their research is about in a series of short videos. If you want to learn more about their work, follow links to their projects and publications.

Jessica Sutherland: Child soldiers and moral responsibility

In this video, doctoral researcher Jessica Sutherland asks whether we should consider child soldiers responsible for their actions in war. Jessica is a speaker for an online event on why research in the arts and humanities matters. She also talks about her doctoral project in this short interview.

Kathleen Murphy-Hollies: Being good and acting for 'the right reason'

In this video, doctoral researcher Kathleen Murphy-Hollies reflects on how we explain and justify our own behaviour and why we act virtuously. On Kathleen's website you can find links to her published work. She also talks about her research interests in this short interview.

Lucienne Spencer: The importance of lived experience in psychopathology

In this video, postdoctoral researcher Lucienne Spencer talks about her research on the phenomenology of lived experience. Lucienne is involved in a project funded by the Wellcome Trust, Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology. Lucienne recently published a paper on Epistemic injustice in psychiatric research and practice.

Lisa Bortolotti: Why delusions matter

In this video, Professor of Philosophy Lisa Bortolotti describes the key features of delusions. In her new book, Why Delusions Matter (Bloomsbury, 2023), Lisa argues that a better understanding of delusions can help improve our interactions with people who have different views and values. Lisa recently published a paper on Sharing responsibility for conspiracy beliefs.

Ema Sullivan-Bissett: Strange beliefs

In this video, Reader in Philosophy Ema Sullivan-Bissett introduces two of her research projects on the role of experience in delusions (Deluded by Experience, funded by the AHRC) and on whether believing conspiracy theories is pathological (Conspiratorial Ideation and Pathological Belief, funded by the British Academy). 

Laura D'Olimpio: The necessity of aesthetic education

In this video, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education Laura D'Olimpio argues for the importance of teaching the arts. To learn more, you can read Laura's articles on The Conversation and her open access article on Defending Aethetic Education. You can also watch Laura talk about how to engage philosophically with narratives in the classroom.

Rosa Ritunnano: Delusion and meaning

In this video, doctoral researcher and consultant psychiatrist Rosa Ritunnano challenges some common assumptions about delusions and defends the view that delusions are meaningful and can make our lives feel meaningful too. Rosa has written open-access articles for BJPsych BulletinThe Lancet Psychiatry and Psyche on these topics.