Until May 15th: Call for Abstracts: The role of epistemic injustice & violence in philosophy (anthology 2024)

"Epistemic" means: relating to knowledge or to the degree of its validation. What role do epistemic injustice and epistemic violence play in philosophy? What are examples of epistemic injustice? Let's question the universality of "Western" philosophy and find tools to dismantle and transform violent epistemic pactices.

The question about the relevance of knowledge and sciences for a just and flourishing society is urgent in the current philosophical debate and its related fields. Not only the factors for successful socio-economic transformation are being challenged, but also the extent to which structures of generating and communicating knowledge are inherently violent. What are the restrictions limiting access to participation in philosophical debates? Are these restrictions justifiable or are they affected by sexist, racist and classist prejudices?

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Practical and intercultural philosophy as well as approaches like transformative research offer approaches to questioning universalisms and disclosing practices of othering. The question is: In what way are these critical approaches epistemically unjust themselves, obstructing the vision of participation and increasing social justice? Exclusive access, rigid boundaries between (scientific) disciplines and traditional personnel policy are just a few examples for the structures of power philosophy is entangled in.

This anthology is a continuation of the workshop held on the 1st and 2nd of December 2022 at the Munich School of Philosophy. Artists, speakers, students and non-academic actors come together to critically reflect upon the role of epistemic injustice and epistemic violence in philosophy. Mutual appreciation and inspiration are important to us. 

  • Hand in abstract/concept until latest May 15th 2023 (lena.schuetzle(at)hfph.de)
  • English Language, other languages could be translated?
  • Contributions of academics and nonacademics are welcome. Artistic and body-centered inputs beyond the conventional scientific framework are welcome. If you are uncertain whether your topic or your method suits the call, please don’t hesitate to contact us
  • We highly encourage different formats of contribution, for example: Letters, E-Mail exchanges, notebook or diary entries, scripts of conversations or interviews, inner dialogue, lyric, all kinds of art and whatever else you might think of
  • If you are interested in being interviewed or having a conversation on any topic that might be linked to discussion on power and knowledge, you can reach out to Cara (carajulie.kather(at)gmail.com) to talk about a possible concept for that. You are also very encouraged to talk about experiences of alienation or exclusion in academia or other institutions since we are looking for a variety of perspectives and are very open to also critiquing academia through concepts of epistemic injustice/epistemic violence. 
  • Please, if possible stick to the stylesheet. Get in touch with us if the stylesheet hinders you from expressing what you would like to express

Tentative structure of the anthology:

  1. What Role Do Epistemic Injustice and Epistemic Violence Play in Philosophy?
  2. Examples of Epistemic Injustice
  3. Questioning the Universality of Western Philosophy
  4. Tools to Dismantle and Transform Violent Epistemic Practices


Download the style sheet and CfA here.