The Critical Theory Reading Group
This term we will be reading Capitalism: A conversation in critical theory, by Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi Cambridge.
Meetings will be 1.30–3.00pm on Fridays in the Le May Room, Worcester College.
For more details, please email either Rachel Fraser (Philosophy) or Ben Morgan (German).
Shreya Atrey (Associate Professor of International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford): 'The structure of racism and the mould of common law'
Friday 16 June 2023 between 3pm to 4.30pm at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (Suite 1, Littlegate House, 16-17 St Ebbe’s Street, Oxford, OX1 1PT (Buzzer no. 1))
This talk explores the reception of claims of racial discrimination at common law. It takes off from the perspective that, if racial discrimination is only partially addressed in equality law, where else can we locate claims of racial discrimination? The talk thus bypasses the statutory guarantees under the Equality Act 2010 and moves towards the broader realm of common law. It traces the lineage of cases involving race in judicial review cases including, relatedly, those under the Human Rights Act 1998 and shows that even though, as the Supreme Court has now confirmed in its 2018 Gallaher decision, that there is no common law principle of equality, there appears to be a clear prohibition of racial discrimination at common law. This can be discerned as a principle cutting across the independent grounds of review, especially the grounds of reasonableness and proportionality. Further, because of the nature of judicial review cases where the state is the respondent and the matters concern questions of general importance, this principle seems to emerge in the type of cases best understood as cases of structural discrimination. The talk hopes to show the radical possibility of addressing structural discrimination at common law, while addressing the limitations which yet exist in claiming this possibility in fact.
'Beyond Ourselves: How do experiences of wonder, awe & transcendence (re)shape our lives?'
Brunch & discussion event Friday 16 June 10-11.30am, Somerville College.
In a time of disconnection and self-creation, there is an increasing appetite for experiences which help us feel rooted in, and connected to, a bigger reality. Philosophers, psychologists and those working within the arts have also noted the importance of experiences of wonder, awe or transcendence in prompting moral reflection, formation and human flourishing.
Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers in all relevant disciplines, are invited to join a roundtable discussion on these themes of wonder, awe and transcendence. Using the art of John Ruskin as a lens, we’ll explore a series of questions including: What prompts feelings of wonder, awe or transcendence? How do these experiences shape or reshape our lives? Can we consciously cultivate or make space for these experiences, or do they just happen upon us?
Dr Joanna Collicutt, a clinical psychologist and theologian, will introduce these themes drawing on her recent research on John Ruskin and aesthetics.
A light brunch of pastries, fruit, tea and coffee will be provided at this free event.
Register here: Beyond Ourselves: wonder, awe & transcendence via the art of John Ruskin Registration, Fri 16 Jun 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite