Oppressive Speech, Societies & Norms / Theme 1: "Social Norms & Institutions: Game Theory"

Organizer(s) Mihaela Popa-Wyatt, Anton Benz & Stephanie Solt
Workshop Theme 1 "Social Norms & Institutions: Game Theory"
Start of event 03.12.2020, 14.55 o'clock
End of event 04.12.2020, 19.30 o'clock
Venue virtual

Local Organisation Team: Lucie Petit, Maite Seidel, Janel Zoske & Susanne Schroeder


Description 

Theme 1: Social Norms & Institutions: Game Theory (3-4 December 2020)

Theme 2: Silencing, Speaking up & Free Speech (28-29 January 2021)

Theme 3: Social Meaning & Semantics/Pragmatics (18-19 February 2021)

Theme 4: Norms & Practices: Speech Acts & Conversational Dynamics (25-26 March 2021)

Theme 5: Bodies, Gender Identity & Misogyny (22-23 April 2021)

Theme 6: Disinformation, Epistemic Vices & Online Harm (6-7 May 2021)

Registration (Attendance is free, for logistic reasons please register at eveeno)


Description ^

Speech can be used to change societies in bad ways. It supports institutional oppression, establishes new oppressive norms, silences opponents, spreads disinformation and propagates feelings of hate. Online communities magnify the effects of individual speech acts. This workshop series, comprising five meetings, will dive into five different aspects of oppressive speech. We’ll look at social norms and institutions, silencing and free speech, social meaning, norm-shifting and disinformation. We’ll bring several tools and perspectives from linguistics, social modelling, and philosophy, including game theory, semantics/pragmatics and speech act theory. We’ll seek answers to how oppressive speech works and how to defend against it.

Theme 1: Social Norms & Institutions: Game Theory (3-4 December)
Theme 2: Silencing, Speaking up & Free Speech (28-29 January)
Theme 3: Social Meaning & Semantics/Pragmatics (18-19 February)
Theme 4: Norms & Practices: Speech Acts & Conversational Dynamics (25-26 March)
Theme 5: Bodies, Gender Identity & Misogyny (22-23 April)
Theme 6: Disinformation, Epistemic Vices & Online Harm (6-7 May)


Theme 1: Social Norms & Institutions: Game Theory (3-4 Dec) ^

Handout with schedule and abstracts for Theme 1 [pdf]

  • Andrea Borghini (Università degli Studi di Milano): Fat Shaming and Social Norms
  • Roland Mühlenbernd (ZAS): (UN)Fairness and Bargaining Games
  • Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (ZAS): Oppressive Speech Shifts Norms in Negotiation Games
  • Justin Bruner (University of Arizona): Social norms in epistemology
  • Cailin O’Connor (UC Irvine, California): Measuring Conventionality
  • Francesco Guala (Università degli Studi di Milano): Are Institutions Conventions? The Case of Marriage
  • Christoph Hesse (ZAS): Gaslighting and dynamic update of bargaining power
  • Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon University): Conformity, social networks, and the emergence of pluralistic ignorance
  • José Luis Bermúdez (Texas A&M University): Framing in game theory: the “I”-frame VS “we”-frame 

Theme 2: Silencing, Speaking up & Free Speech (28-29 Jan) ^

Handout with schedule and abstracts for Theme 2 [pdf]

  • Bianca Cepollaro (University Vita-Salute San Raffaele): Remedies to discriminatory contents: on and offline counterspeech
  • Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University): Anger as a speech act and its illocutionary disablement
  • Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers University): Just Kidding: Sarcasm, Jokes and Willful Deniability in Speech
  • Sanford Goldberg (Northwestern University): How Silence Sometimes "Speaks"
  • Saray Ayala-López (California State University): Contestation and Resistance
     
  • Rea Langton (Cambridge UK): TBA
  • Robert Simpson (University College London): Heckling, Free Speech, and Free Association
  • Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (ZAS): On Resistance and Social Change
  • Ishani Maitra: TBA
  • Louise Antony (University of Massachusetts Amherst): Free Speech: It's Not Just for Liberals

Theme 3: Social Meaning & Semantics/Pragmatics (18-19 Feb) ^

Handout with schedule and abstracts for Theme 3 [pdf]

  • Julia Zakkou (Bielefeld University): "Real" and "True"
  • Teresa Marques: TBA
  • David Pietraszewski (Max Planck Institute): Understanding oppressive speech through the lens of humans’ evolved coalitional psychology
  • Eric Swanson (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor): If You See Something, Say Something: On the Dynamics of Deniable Possibility Raising
  • Robin Jeshion (University of Southern California): What’s Wrong with Slurs
     
  • Uli Sauerland (ZAS): The division of socio-emotive and logical meaning from the meaning first perspective
  • Anton Benz (ZAS): Precision and Vagueness: Social meaning in Bayesian games
  • Michael Franke (Universität Osnabrück): Modeling manipulative language use
  • Roland Mühlenbernd (ZAS): Politeness and Reputation
  • Justin Khoo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Speaker meaning, social meaning, and textual interpretation

Theme 4: Practices & Norms: Speech Acts, Conversational Dynamics (25-26 March) ^

Handout with schedule and abstracts for Theme 4 [pdf]

  • Laura Caponetto (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan): Accommodated Authority: Flipping Langton's Picture  
  • Stephen Barker (Nottingham University): Slurs and Conventional Implicature: The Power of Presupposition
  • Jonathan Ginsburg (University Paris) & Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (ZAS): Conversational Spillover Dynamics
  • Mary Kate McGowan (Wellesley College, Massachusetts): Oppressive Speech and Accommodation: On the Role of Interlocutors 
  • Gillian Russell (University of St Andrews/ ACU in Melbourne): Social Spheres
  • Manfred Krifka (ZAS): The marking and effects of assertoric strength
  • Nicholas Asher (Université Paul Sabatier) & Julie Hunter (Universitat Pompeu Fabra): TBA
  • Elisabeth Camp (Rutgers University): Framing and Looping; Solidarity and Resistance
  • David Beaver (University of Texas Austin) & Jason Stanley (Yale University): Oppressive Resonance
  • Lynne Tirrell (University of Connecticut): Discursive Epidemiology

Theme 5: Bodies, Gender Identity & Misogyny (25-26 March) ^

Handout with schedule and abstracts for Theme 5 [pdf]

  • Elin McCready (Aoyama Gakuin University): Invoking Gender
  • Lucy McDonald (St John’s College, University of Cambridge): How to Woo Things With Words
  • Claudia Bianchi (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan): Dangerous Liaisons: The Pragmatics of Sexual Negotiation
     
  • Katharine Jenkins (University of Glasgow): Dangerous Talk: Gender Kinds, Oppression, and Covert
  • Kathleen Stock (University of Sussex): When good philosophers do bad things: attempts to control speech about women
  • Lauren Ashwell (Bates College): TBA

Theme 6: Disinformation, Epistemic Vices & Online Harm (6-7 May) ^

Handout with schedule and abstracts for Theme 6 [pdf]

  • Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University): Arrogance and Anger on Social Networking Sites
  • Quassim Cassam (University of Warwick): Disinformation, Narratives and Radicalization
  • Anastasia Kozyreva (Max Planck Institut): Psychology of disinformation and cognitive tools against online manipulation
  • Cailin O’Connor (UC Irvine, California): Retraction in Scientific Networks
  • Stephan Lewandrosky (University of Bristol): The Knowledge Dementors
  • Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (ZAS), Tatjana Scheffler (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) & Veronika Solopova (Freie Universität Berlin): Online Harm: Social Media as a Viral Promoter
  • Eric Beerbohm (Harvard University): tba
  • Michael Lynch (University of Connecticut): Social Media, Conspiracy and Bald-Faced Lies
  • Ray Drainville (University of Waterloo) & Jennifer Saul (University of Waterloo): Visual and Linguistic Dogwhistles [Background material by Jennifer Saul]

This event is sponsored by the Society for Applied Philosophy, DFG, XPrag.
We gratefully acknowledge their support.

The source project: The Marie Skłodowska-Curie action HaLO - How Language is Used to Oppress (841443)