EPISTEMIC INJUSTICE AND SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES

Coined by philosopher Miranda Fricker (2007), epistemic injustice occurs when someone experiences injustice specifically in her capacity ‘as a knower’. Fricker distinguishes two main forms - testimonial and hermeneutical.  The first occurs when someone’s testimony is ignored or disbelieved because of aspects of that person’s identity.  The second relates to people whose experience does not fit in established or accessible concepts due to the historic exclusion of some groups in powerful or influential circuits of knowledge.

 

Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic within the UK have unveiled and shone new light on people’s disparate experiences and location in circuits of knowledge along dimensions of race, gender, sexuality, class, and territorial location (within/across the nations/territories currently composing the UK). 

 

We welcome papers, panels and discussants whose main research interests are in other fields or focus on other places across the globe. The topic is open to academics from various disciplines and career stages. Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

 

  • the position/experience of black and minority ethnic people in Brexit processes or in the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • interrogation of influential narratives about the experience of the so-called ‘White Working Class’ and left behind communities, places and people, the forms of knowledge they construct and the kinds of experience they validate and construct as knowledge

  • questions of place, space and territory - including the different ‘national’ experiences of Brexit and Covid-19 across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well as locality or place-based identities across the UK

  • comparison between the cases of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, and other modes of epistemic injustice, as documented by feminist and critical race scholars

  • diversity and inclusion

Convenors

Mark Flear (m.flear@qub.ac.uk), Tamara Hervey (t.hervery@sheffield.ac.uk) and Daniel Wincott (wincottd@cardiff.ac.uk)

 

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