Early Career Workshop on Social Categories and Injustice

October 30, 2023 - October 31, 2023
Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Lund University

Lund 223 62


Universität Potsdam

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We are pleased to announce that the keynote speakers will be:

Hilkje Charlotte Hänel (Potsdam University) 

Katie Winkle (Uppsala University)

We invite early career researchers working on social categories and injustice to apply. We welcome applicants working on for example:

Structural injustice and discrimination: The role of the creation and maintenance of social categories in causing injustice between social groups at a structural level. The relationship between social groups and different types of discrimination.

Injustice in personal life: The role of social categories and social norms play in causing injustice in the personal sphere, for example in a dating context or in personal relationships.

Injustice in new technologies and AI systems: Different ways in which new technologies and AI systems risk creating injustice, and how this is linked to the creation and reinforcement of social categories. How we can address this by considering algorithmic fairness, accessibility and power structures when analyzing and designing AI systems. The methods and tools we can use to challenge the biases that are embedded in these systems.

Epistemic injustice: How to account for the injustice of denying someone the status of being a knower because they belong to a certain social category.

Injustice and social robots: The social roles and norms that are represented by robots and the stereotypes that are reinforced, which can create new forms of marginalization for certain social groups.

The ontology of social categories and social groups: How to give a descriptive account of the ontology of social categories and social groups. How we should conceptualize social categories and norms in order to avoid social classifications that lead to injustice, for example through conceptual engineering.

We also welcome applications on related issues and how to tackle the injustices mentioned above. 

Application guidelines

Current doctoral students and early career researchers who have completed their PhD no more than two years prior to the application deadline are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is 30th June, 2023.

Submissions should include (1) an anonymized abstract of up to 500 words and (2) a separate cover sheet with the title of the talk, the author’s contact information, affiliation, and level of study. All documents should be in pdf-format. We expect to notify people about whether their proposals have been accepted by 1 August.

Submissions should be sent to: [email protected]

Conference presentations will be approximately 40 minutes, and each paper will be assigned a commentator. Papers of around 4000-5000 words will be due to the commentators on 30th September.

Lunch and dinner will be provided for two days. If you  let us know in advance, we may be able to cover accommodation and/or travel expenses for a limited number of conference speakers.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: [email protected]

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