Understanding Oppression: From Theory to Action and Back

October 5, 2018 - October 6, 2018
Georgetown University Philosophy Department

Washington DC
United States

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The Georgetown University chapter of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP), with support from the Georgetown Philosophy Department, invites submissions for the 2018 Georgetown MAP Graduate Philosophy Conference. Submissions from all areas of philosophy are welcome, though preference will be given to those on topics that align with the theme of the conference, Understanding Oppression: From Theory to Action and Back (including, for instance, but not limited to, philosophy of race, philosophy of gender, applied ethics, social epistemology, and social and political philosophy). We especially encourage authors from groups underrepresented in philosophy to submit.


This conference aims to encourage an understanding of oppression from the point of view of non-ideal theory. Non-ideal theorists maintain that philosophical theorizing has to start from the recognition that the world is an overwhelmingly imperfect place and that deeply problematic normative assumptions and attitudes underlie such states of affairs. Along these lines, this conference encourages contributions to the ways in which we theorize about oppression, the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and contemporary approaches, the ways in which an understanding of oppression can be enriched by the work of social justice organizers on the ground, and the ways in which real-life examples of organizing and resistance should bear on how we think about socially, politically, and theoretically salient issues.  

Keynote Speakers:

Olúfẹmi O. Táíwò (Georgetown)

Serene J. Khader (Brooklyn College/CUNY)

Abstract submission deadline: Extended to August 12th, 2018

Please email submissions to [email protected], containing two attachments: (1) an abstract of no more than 500 words, including a title, and prepared for blind review; and (2) a cover letter containing the author’s name, contact information, institutional affiliation, as well as the paper’s title, word count, and broad philosophical field. All documents must be in either PDF or Word formats.

Submissions should be suitable for 30-minute presentations. The presentation format will include a 30 minute talk from the speaker, a 10 minute commentary from a Georgetown student, followed by 10 minutes for the speaker to respond and 15 minutes of Q&A.

Given the size of the event, neither travel expenses nor accommodations are covered. That said, we will try our best to match the speakers with students that have volunteered to host participants.

No registration fees are required for the conference.

Meals will be provided to the participants during the event.

Please direct all queries to Keyvan Shafiei ([email protected]) and Gerald Taylor ([email protected]).

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