Theme 6 Structural Oppression and the Road to Justice

July 15, 2021 - July 16, 2021
ZAS, Berlin



  • DFG
  • XPrag


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)                  Theme 6: Structural Oppression and the Road to Justice (15-16 July) 

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Thursday, 15 July

Katharine Gelber

Cass Sunstein

Susan Benesch

Jennifer Jackey

Philip Pettit

Friday, 16 July

David Livingstone Smith

Sally Haslanger

Ron Mallon

Colleen Murphy

Allen Buchanan

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July 14, 2021, 5:00pm CET

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