Theme 5: Disinformation, Epistemic Vices & Online Harm

May 6, 2021 - May 7, 2021

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University of Manchester

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Speech can be used to change societies in bad ways. It supports institutional oppression, establishes new oppressive norms, silences opponents, spreads disinformation and propagates feelings of hate. Online communities magnify the effects of individual speech acts. This workshop series, comprising five meetings, will dive into five different aspects of oppressive speech. We’ll look at social norms and institutions, silencing and free speech, social meaning, norm-shifting and disinformation. We’ll bring several tools and perspectives from linguistics, social modelling, and philosophy, including game theory, semantics/pragmatics and speech act theory. We’ll seek answers to how oppressive speech works and how to defend against it. 

Theme 1: Social Norms & Institutions: Game Theory (3-4 Dec)
Theme 2: Silencing, Speaking up & Free Speech (28-29 Jan)
Theme 3: Social Meaning & Semantics/Pragmatics (18-19 Feb)
Theme 4: Norms & Practices: Speech Acts & Conversational Dynamics (24-26 Mar)
Theme 5: Disinformation, Epistemic Vices & Online Harm (6-7 May)

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Thursday, 6 May

Alessandra Tanesini

Quassim Cassam

Anastasia Kozyreva

Kevin Zollman

Cailin O’Connor

Friday, 7 May

Stephan Lewandrosky

Mihaela Popa-Wyatt, Tatjana Scheffler, Veronika Solopova

Eric Beerbohm

Michael Lynch

Ray Drainville & Jennifer Saul

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May 5, 2021, 2:00pm CET

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