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22 February 2019, 10:00a – 6:00p

Tan Chin Tuan Theatre (Yale-NUS College)

Free and open to the public

Many different people, in many different ways, suffer from injustice. Indeed, structural injustice is deeply intractable precisely because diverse groups’ divergent interests (at least in the short-term) prevent them from sustaining coordinated, unified, mass action. In the recent aftermath of such roiling political events at Britain’s exit from the European Union and the U.S. presidential election of Donald Trump, anti-oppression scholars and activists of all stripes have been quick to advance competing explanations of these outcomes (e.g. neglect of white working-class interests, racial resentment, gender bias), revealing the deep rifts that persist between politically allied groups. Yet unified collective action across these groups remains our best – perhaps only – hope of achieving large-scale social transformation.

How, then, can oppressed groups with the common goal of justice work together productively when they experience injustice in disparate and cross-cutting ways? What practices of moral and epistemic responsibility are appropriate, and what principles should guide us in trying to preserve solidarity? What can philosophers learn from activists on the ground, and vice versa? This conference seeks to explore these questions by bringing together scholars, students, and activists from Singaporean civil societies for a conversation at Yale-NUS College.

KEYNOTE: José Medina (Northwestern University)


Stephanie Chok (HOME – Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics)

Jolene Tan (Activist and author of A Certain Exposure)

Bryan Van Norden (Yale-NUS College)

Robin Zheng (Yale-NUS College)

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