2022 Critical Social Ontology Workshop

March 5, 2022 - March 6, 2022
Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University
Saint Louis 63108
United States


Gonzaga University
Bucknell University
Temple University
University of Miami
Wuhan University
St. Louis University
Northwestern University
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Allegheny College
Tampere University
University of Illinois, Chicago
Columbia University
Northwestern University In Qatar
University of Tampere
Drexel University
University of Minnesota
King's College London
University of Kansas
University of New Hampshire, Durham


St. Louis University

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2022 Critical Social Ontology Workshop

Preliminary Program

Opening Zoom Welcome – 9am CST, Saturday, March 5th

Session1 -- 9:30-10:45am CST

“Constitutive Exclusion in Social Systems: A Mereological Account”

Lauri Lahikainen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Tampere University (Finland)

and Siiri Porkkala, Graduate student, Tampere University (Finland)

“What is Structural Racism?”

         Doug Porpora, Professor, Drexel University (USA)

Session 2 -- 11am-12:15pm CST

“Intersectionality as Emergence”

Marta Jorba, Associate Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)

and Dan López de Sa, ICREA Research Professor, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)

 “Connecting Micro and Macro Levels of Analysis Within Intersectionality”

Annette Martín, Bridge to Faculty Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Chicago (USA)

Session 3 -- 1:00-2:15pm CST

“Abolish the Oikos: Notes from Antiquity to Marxist Feminism, Black Feminism and Afro-pessimism”

         Sara-Maria Sorentino, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama (USA)

 “The Ontology of Fraser's Theory of Boundary Crises”

Pat Hope, Graduate Student, Philosophy, Stanford University (USA)

Session 4a -- 2:30-3:45pm CST

“The Challenge of Revolutions’ Peculiar Ontologies,”

Atef Said, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, Illinois (USA)

“Interconnected Totalities”

Manuel Heckel, Graduate Student, University of Sheffield (UK)

Session 4b -- 2:30-3:45pm CST

“Societies as Subjects in the Hegelian-Marxist Tradition”

         Jacob McNulty, Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College (USA)

“On the Metaphysics of the Value Form”

Ruth Groff, Associate Professor, Saint Louis University (USA)

Session 5a -- 4:00-5:45pm CST

“What Do We Mean by Social?” 

Yannick Slade-Caffarel, Lecturer, King’s College London (UK)

“An Ecological Account of Power”

Torsten Menge, Assistant Professor in Residence, Northwestern University in Qatar (Qatar)

“Ontology in Anthropology, in Philosophy, and the Methodology of Controlled Equivocation”

Julia Turska, Graduate Student, Wageningen University and Research (Netherlands)

Session 5b -- 4:00-5:45 CST – Critical Realism Panel

“The Ontological Presuppositions of Virtue Theory”

Onur Özmen, University College London (UK)

“Critical Realism, Modal Realism and Modal Actualism”

Dave Elder-Vass, Honorary Fellow, Loughborough University (UK)

“Why Transcendental Realism is Integral to Critical Realism” 

Mikhail Perevozov, Graduate Student, International Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands)

Saturday Evening Zoom Hangout – 7:30-9pm CST

Sunday Morning Zoom Welcome – March 6th, 9:00-9:15am CST

Session 1a -- 9:30-10:45am CST

“Imagination and Community”

Simon Evnine, Professor, University of Miami (USA)

“The Ontology of Optimism in the US”

Mary Wrenn, Senior Lecturer, University of the West of England (UK)

Session1b -- 9:30-10:45am CST

“The Social Ontology of Particulars”

Naomi Scheman, Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota, Research Affiliate, MIT (USA)

“How to Study the Ontology of Resilient Institutions”

John Symons, Professor, University of Kansas (USA)

and Stacy Elmer, Graduate Student, University of Kansas (USA)

Session 2 -- 11:00am-12:15pm CST

“The Artisanal Model for Social Role Normativity”

Charlotte Witt, Professor, University of New Hampshire (USA)

“Issues in Social Positioning Theory”

         Tony Lawson, Professor Emeritus, Cambridge University (UK)

Session 3 -- 1:00-2:15pm CST

“Pluralism in Economics and the Question of Ontological Pluralism”

Imko Meyenburg, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University (UK)

“How to Sider Haslangar-Barnes: A Plentitudinous Metaphysics of Gender”

Irem Kurtsal, Assistant Professor, Allegheny College (USA)

Session 4 -- 2:30-3:45pm CST

“Social Identities as Social Affordances”

Adam Burgos, Assistant Professor, Bucknell University (USA)

and Alejandro Arango, Lecturer, Gonzaga University (USA)

“Diagnosing How a Society’s Conception of Sexual Orientation Changes”

Peter Finocchiaro, Assistant Professor, Wuhan University (China)

Session 5 -- 4:00-5:15pm CST

“Toward a Theory of Social Organizing”

Megan Hyska, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University (USA)

“Positional Interests and Structural Explanations of Oppression”

César Cabezas, Postdoctoral Fellow, Temple University (USA)

Zoom closing -- 5:30-6:00pm CST

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