Kathy Wilkes Memorial Fund

"Some have sought to understand the world; others have sought to change it. Kathy's goal was to understand the world, but by insisting on the right of others to join with her in seeking to understand it, she did change the world as well." 

The above quotation comes from an extract from The Guardian's obituary, published by Bill Newton-Smith on 19 September 2003. To read the rest of the extract, please click on the green button on the right to download the article. 

The Fund

The purpose of this fund is to establish a named graduate award in Philosophy at St Hilda’s College, in memory of St Hilda’s distinguished Fellow in Philosophy, Dr Kathy Wilkes (1946 - 2003).

The fund will primarily benefit students normally resident in one of the countries with which Dr Wilkes was closely associated; these particularly include the Czech Republic and Croatia, but also other countries in Eastern Europe. Should no suitable applicants from these countries apply in any given year, preference will instead be given to a graduate student wishing to work in Philosophy of the Mind, reflecting the distinguished contribution that Dr Wilkes made to that field.

If you would like to make a gift to support this fund, please click the blue button on the right of the page. 

The Kathy Wilkes Memorial Conference – 28 and 29 April 2023

This memorial conference is an international collaboration between St Hilda's College, the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik and the Herbert Simon Society in Turin. We launched this lecture series in the Spring of 2022 in Dubrovnik and the talks from that conference has since been published in the Croatian Journal of Philosophy. This year the conference will take place at St Hilda's, and the topic of the talks will be AI and Cognitive Science. Our speakers will include: Professor Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis, U.S.), Professor Philipp Koralus (St Catherine's College, Oxford), Professor Konstantinos Katsikopoulos (University of Southampton), Dunja Jutronić  (University of Split, Croatia) and Zvonimir Šikić (University of Zagreb, Croatia).

Further information about registration for this conference will be shared in due course.

Kathy Wilkes