The Philosophy Colloquium Speaker Series continues with a great lineup for Winter 2024. We started the year with a talk from Alison Wylie, on January 19th, our visiting Humphrey Professor. We now move to a departure from the traditional talk by hosting a workshop on Falsehood. This will take place on February 16th and include contributions from Don Fallis, James Mahon, and Kay Mathieson. We will finish off the term with a talk on March 8th titled Not by Markets Alone: Migrant Workers and State-Conditioned Exploitation from Monique Deveaux. Save these dates in your calendar so you don't miss out on any of these sessions they are always insightful, informative, and inspiring. 

All events will have a social component to them where we will be able to chat with the visiting lecture(s) and each other and enjoy some coffee and sweets. The workshop will include a luncheon. 

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Upcoming talk

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March 8th

 Not by Markets Alone: Migrant Workers and State-conditioned Exploitation

Structural accounts of exploitation can explain why employment that is consensual may nevertheless be exploitative. These views focus on the economic relations and distributive inequalities that make workers vulnerable and enable employers to “instrumentalize” that vulnerability (Vrousalis 2013). Structural accounts, however, tend to neglect the role of the state in producing and sustaining workers’ conditions of vulnerability. For temporary foreign workers in Canada, the state's role in creating the structures that keep migrant workers precarious and systematically vulnerable to abuse and exploitation is of paramount importance. I argue that philosophers can deepen their understanding of the structural and racialized character of migrant workers’ exploitation, and learn about legal and political remedies for reducing their vulnerability, by centering the analyses of migrant justice activists.

Monique Deveaux: Canada Research Chair in Ethics and Global Social Change
Hagey Hall room 334
 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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February 16th

Falsehood Workshop

10:00 am - 11:30 am Kay Mathiesen, “Gaslighting and Neurodiversity”- in-person event
11:30 am - 1:00 pm  Lunch 
 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm  James Mahon, “Novels Never Lie (And They Never Mislead Either)”- in-person event
 2.30 pm - 3:00 pm Coffee Break
 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm [Colloquium talk] Don Fallis, “The Role of Evidence in Deception” hybrid option- in person and online event. 

This all-day workshop will be held in Hagey Hall room 334. Join us in person for one or all talks and enjoy a light lunch on us.

If you cannot make it in person you can join online for the last session, Don Fallis, from 3 pm - 4:30 pm. This is the only online portion of the workshop. Join via ZOOM  Meeting ID: 982 3060 2659, Passcode: 104985


Previous talks

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January 19th

How Knowers  Know Well:  Standpoint Theory

Standpoint theorists have had much to say about the harms imposed on those who are socially marginalized as knowers but, by contrast with ‘deficit’ theories, their emphasis has been on the epistemic resources, resilience, and insights that can arise from the situated experience of oppression. This orientation has been influential as a rationale for “starting inquiry from the margins” in the social sciences and as a framework in science studies for understanding the impact of transformative critique on scientific inquiry. 

Alison Wylie: Humphrey Professor
3: 00pm - 5:00 pm
Hagey Hall 334

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