18e conférence – 14 octobre 2016

La conférence aura lieu le

vendredi 14 octobre 2016 à 13h

Université du Québec à Montréal, salle A-2835

Conférencière: Kristie Dotson (Michigan State University)

Accumulating Epistemic Power, Developing Resilient Oblivion: The Case of Joe Scarborough on #BlackLivesMatter

Résumé/Abstract:
In her, December 3rd, 2015, Salon piece, “White American’s Scary Delusion: Why Its Sense of Black Humanity is So Skewed,” Brittney Cooper labels the stupefaction many people have in the face of today’s Black rage an “epistemology problem.” It is a problem, she explains, of people utilizing inadequate frameworks for understanding “reasonable” responses to relentless state sanctioned violence against Black people. In this paper, I lend support to Cooper’s claim by outlining the accumulation of epistemic power that appears to result in a kind of oblivion concerning realities for Black people and police conduct. Ultimately, I claim that some accumulations of epistemic power can lead to resilient oblivion, i.e. impaired schedules of salience.

À propos de la conférencière/Bio:
Kristie Dotson is a professor of philosophy at Michigan State University (MSU), where she is also the responsible administrator of the African American and African Studies Program. Prior to her appointment at MSU, she was a senior fellow at the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, and assistant professor in the departments of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Purdue University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis. She also received a MA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Literature and a BA in African American Studies and English Literature from Coe College. Professor Dotson researches in epistemology, feminist philosophy (particularly Black feminism and feminist epistemology), and critical philosophy of race.

Comme d’habitude, la conférence est gratuite et ouverte au public, et sera suivie d’une collation propice à l’intéraction entre les participantes et participants.