We’re in the wonderful Hannah Directory!

Hannah Directory highlights people and organisations doing great things in places in the north of England. It’s named after Hannah Mitchell (1872–1956), an inspiring suffragette and rebel!



Celebrating the hidden gems of The North’s arts and innovation

Durham University Philosophy Department’s Women In Parenthesis has been selected as one of the hidden gems of the north by the fifth edition of Hannah Directory, which launches during the week of June 12 – 17.

Hannah Directory highlights people and organisations doing great things in places in the north of England.

Andrew Wilson, who coordinates the directory, says “Hannah Directory celebrates the enterprising spirit of people who crack on and make great things happen from the bottom up, often starting with no resources except their passion, commitment and imagination. Women in Parenthesis is among the best examples of that in the country.”

In Parenthesis celebrates the intellectual contribution of a group of women philosopher’s to twentieth-century thought: the group includes Newcastle’s Dr Mary Midgley, a world-renowned philosopher who has helped nurture Newcastle and Durham’s lively public philosophy scene.

The five editions of the directory have so far featured well over a hundred people and organisations with the same enterprising spirit and this year it includes artists, musicians, community groups, digital technology companies, policy think tanks, a music festival and a volunteer-run cinema.

They are drawn from a huge geographical area from Barrow to Sheffield and Newcastle to Liverpool.  Bringing them all together in one directory means ideas and inspiration can be exchanged between people and places in the north for the common good.

Women in Parenthesis will be building on their success this year by opening the Durham University Mary Midgley Archive to the public.

“We are so pleased to be selected for inclusion in the Hannah Directory,” said Rachael and Clare “The Hannah Directory celebrates an inspirational woman from the north of England— Hannah Mitchell—and we’re excited to celebrate another, Mary Midgley, in its pages. There are so many wonderful organizations and projects represented in the Directory, and it’s brilliant to be able to share the work we’re doing at Durham University with such a wide and diverse community.”



Hannah Directory is named after an inspirational figure from the north of England, Hannah Mitchell (1872–1956), a suffragette and rebel who tried to create ‘beauty in civic life’ in her work on public libraries, parks and gardens.

Women in Parenthesis is based in Durham University Philosophy Department and is supported by a British Academy Grant.


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Dr Rachael Wiseman

Department of Philosophy

University of Durham


Wiseman at BSHP

Rachael Wiseman gave a brilliant presentation at this year’s British Society for the History of Philosophy annual conference in Sheffield, as part of the panel on Women in Analytic Philosophy (thanks for Sophia and Veronique for organising). As part of the talk, Rachael set out some of the main philosophical themes that emerge from reading the In Parenthesis philosophers as a school, as well as setting out their methodology, which we are calling depictive metaphysics. Depictive metaphysics is revisionary, and is distinct from descriptive and critical metaphysics. This is partly what we will be discussing at the upcoming annual ‘Women in Philosophy Lecture at Sheffield.


Workshop with Mary Midgley!

We had our first discussion workshop on 18th March. Mary Midgley and members of the Midgley family were in attendance, along with panel members. Topics for discussion included the Wartime Context, Did It Matter that they were Women? and the philosophical work of the Wartime Group. We also had a visit to the Midgley Archive at Palace Green Library. Thanks to everyone involved! It was a super occasion. Here’s the workshop handout to give you an idea of what we discussed. We think the jury is in: they are a School!

In Memoriam: Pamela Sue Anderson

Last year, Pamela Sue Anderson was to be the keynote speaker at our International Women’s Day conference ‘Resounding Voices’. She couldn’t make it and, in her stead, Liza Thompson read out the text of her beautiful paper. You can read it below. It offers a way of conceptualising what we are, or should conceive ourselves as,  (collectively) doing  as philosophers: cultivating reciprocal relations to the unknown.

A “world of women” on International Women’s Day!

Thanks to everyone who came to our International Women’s Day conference yesterday! And of course special thanks to everyone who presented their work. It was a wonderful celebration of women’s work inside and outside the academy and a little glimpse into what the University might look like in a ‘world of women’

Back from Oxford. A world of women. I reflected, talking with Mary, Pip and Elizabeth, how much I love them. (Murdoch’s journal: 12 June 1948)