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

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

March 23, 2020 9:00 am — March 24, 2020 5:00 pm


Please note: due to coronavirus outbreak this event has been postponed.  Revised dates tba

Modelling Oppressive Speech/Norms & Social Meaning

23-24 March 2020, @ZAS Berlin: workshop-poster

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.
For more information about the scheduleabstracts list, and practicalities, please follow updates on the workshop website. Attendance is free, for logistic reasons please register on Eveeno by 1 March.