Registration is now open for Bias in Context (#4): Psychological and Structural Explanations of Injustice
October 26 – 27 2017, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Theresa Lopez & Bryan Chambliss
Confirmed poster presenters:
Jennifer White & Alex Madva
Organized by Erin Beeghly & Jules Holroyd
What is the relationship between psychological and structural explanations of persistent social injustice?
This conference—the final in a series of four (see here and here for earlier events) —considers recent empirical and philosophical work that frames social injustice in terms of individualistic psychological explanations. Such explanations appeal to phenomena such as prejudice, implicit bias, stereotyping, and stereotype threat, in order to understand persisting inequities in a broad range of contexts, including educational, corporate, medical, and informal social contexts.
A key challenge to these explanations, and to the discourses that incorporate them, maintains that the focus on individual psychology is at best obfuscatory of, and at worst totally irrelevant to, more fundamental causes of injustice, which are institutional and structural. Yet structural explanations face difficulties accommodating the extent to which individual agency is implicated in those problematic structures or institutions. Nor are they well placed to articulate how individual agency might be directed towards changing these structures.
This conference will generate more fully worked-out understandings of the interaction between these two kinds of explanations. It will also investigate the normative and practical implications of one’s explanatory mode on attempts to address bias via institutional policy, interpersonal intervention, and collective action.
To register and to see specifics of program, as well as to get details about accessibility, go to: http://biasincontext4.weebly.com/programme.html. Deadline for registration is September 24th.
This event is sponsored by the University of Utah’s College of Humanities & the Philosophy Department.