Thinking Privilege Symposium

Posted by Haverford College on April 4, 2016

Thinking Privilege
2016 Mellon Symposium

Organized by Roy Ben-Shai
Friday, April 8, 2016
Haverford College

This symposium is an occasion to reflect about the meaning of privilege, and to problematize the relationship between privilege and thinking. Among the questions we will discuss are, what is privilege? What is its experiential, moral, epistemological, political, and philosophical significance? And how does privilege affect and limit the contents and possibilities of critical thought?

Working within the traditions of critical theory, feminism, critical race theory, and philosophy more generally, the aim of the symposium Thinking Privilege is to enable an open discussion and debate concerning the social, institutional, and material conditions that underlie scholarly activities, and the role that scholars have in reproducing, de-constructing, or problematizing privilege. The symposium brings together philosophers and political theorists who have been thinking and writing about privilege and its impacts: Amy Allen (Penn State University), Andrew Dilts (Loyola Marymount University), Gabriel Rockhill (Villanova University), Shannon Sullivan (UNC Charlotte), George Yancy (Emory University), and Rocio Zambrana (University of Oregon).

Sponsored by the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities.

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