Department of Philosophy

Heather Stewart- Autumn research seminar

Online - 365 Teams Meeting
Wednesday 24th November 2021 (15:00-16:30)
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In a change to the advertised schedule, for the next Department of Philosophy Research Seminar (DPRS) we are very lucky to have Heather Stewart (Oklahoma State University) on “Microaggressions and Rhetorics of Dehumanization”. The abstract for the talk is:

“This talk considers the linguistic phenomena of “microaggression” and the role that microaggressions play in the dehumanization of structurally marginalized groups. The aims of the talk are two-fold. First, a novel, harm-based account of microaggressions will be offered. This approach to theorizing microaggressions is in tension with the standard way of theorizing microaggressions in the disciplines of philosophy and psychology. Second, case studies of microaggressions will be examined to analyze the connections between microaggressions and processes of dehumanization. Finally, it will be argued that the novel, harm-based account of microaggressions is best able to capture the full moral significance of microaggressive speech.”

This talk aligns well with the Department’s Normative Philosophy, Mind, Psychology, and Mental Health, and Gender, Sex, Race, and Social Identity research clusters! For more information about the Department’s research clusters, please see here:

The talk will run on MS Teams starting at 15.00 on Wednesday 24th November. Heather will talk for about 45 mins, after which we will have a short break, and then Q&A until around 16.30. To join the meeting, please click on the link below.

Any staff or graduate students are more than welcome to come along for a (non-virtual) drink or two in Beeston afterwards – for that, we will meet in the Humanities Building, C-Floor open space at 5pm and walk over (if you’d like to meet us there instead, please come along for about 5.30pm).

To sign up for our mailing list, please email the seminar convenor, Craig French.

Please note Stephen Grimm had to cancel, and Heather has kindly agreed to switch to this slot on the 24th of November. There will be no seminar on the 1st December owing to industrial action.

(We require your email to send you an invitation to the online seminar.)

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