SAP sponsored event: Modelling Oppressive Speech/Norms & Social Meaning

SAP sponsored event: Modelling Oppressive Speech/Norms & Social Meaning

December 3, 2020 9:00 am — December 4, 2020 5:00 pm


Modelling Oppressive Speech/Norms & Social Meaning

Oppressive speech harms its targets. The rise of hate speech in social media and politics vividly illustrates this. This workshop will study how oppressive speech harms. Topics include: the mechanisms through which oppressive utterance causes harm; how oppressive speech shifts norms; what motivates speakers to use such speech; why others comply with the resulting harmful norms; and what needs to change to eradicate these harmful norms. We also focus on relevant aspects of social meaning such as intra-speaker variation, e.g. that oppressive language has different effects depending on who the speaker and hearer are (in-group vs. out-group, etc.).


  • Stephen Barker (University of Nottingham)
  • David Beaver (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Anton Benz (ZAS-Berlin)
  • Laura Caponetto (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan)
  • Christoph Hesse (ZAS-Berlin)
  • Robin Jeshion (University Southern California)
  • Elin McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University)
  • Mary Kate McGowan (Wellesley College)
  • David Pietraszewski (Max Plank Institute, Berlin)
  • Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (ZAS-Berlin)
  • Uli Sauerland (ZAS-Berlin)
  • Stephanie Solt (ZAS-Berlin)
  • Lynne Tirrell (University of Connecticut)


Mihaela Popa-Wyatt, Anton Benz, Stephanie Solt

Source project: the Marie Scklowdoska-Curie Action “How Language is Used to Oppress” (HaLO). This event is sponsored by the Society for Applied PhilosophyDFGXPrag, MSCA. We gratefully acknowledge their support.



Theme 1 - Social Norms & Institutions: Game Theory

Thursday, 3 December 2020

13:55-14:00 Welcome14:00-15:00 Andrea Borghini: Fat Shaming and Social Norms

10 min break

15:10-16:10 Roland Mühlenbernd: (UN)Fairness and Bargaining Games

10 min break

16:20-17:20 Mihaela Popa-Wyatt: Oppressive Speech Shifts Norms in Negotiation Games

10 min break

17:30-18:30 Justin Bruner: Voting and Social Choice (9:30 am MST)

10 min break

18:40-19:40 Cailin O’Connor: Measuring Conventionality (9:40 am PST)

19:40-20:40 Optional round-table discussion


Friday, 4 December 2020

13:55-14:00 Welcome

14:00-15:00 Francesco Guala: Are Institutions Conventions? The Case of Marriage

10 min break

15:10-16:10 Christoph Hesse: Gaslighting and dynamic update of bargaining power

10 min break

16:20-17:20 Kevin Zollman: Conformity, social networks, and the emergence of pluralistic ignorance” (10:20 am EST)

10 min break

17:30-18:30 José Luis Bermúdez: Framing in game theory: “I”-frame vs. “we”-frame (10:30 am CST)

18:30-19:30 Optional round-table discussion