Online summer school: Minorities, rights and inequality

Alfred Landecker Programme
For research students and early career faculty
July 2020

This online summer school, aimed at research students and early career faculty, will provide an opportunity for participants to interact with faculty members concerning their research regarding minorities, rights and inequality. The school will be spread over six afternoons, 14:30–17:30 (BST) on 22–24 and 27–29 July, and is open to all. It will be held online by Zoom. Please register below to receive details for joining the summer school closer to the time.

Please note: We will not be providing certificates for participation in this event.

This event is being held as part of the Alfred Landecker Programme at the Blavatnik School of Government.


  • Dr Sarah Fine, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, King’s College London
  • Dr Karen Jackson-Weaver, Visiting Scholar, Blavatnik School of Government, and Associate Vice President, NYU
  • Professor Colleen Murphy, Professor of Law, Political Science and Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Professor Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University
  • Professor Jason Stanley, Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University
  • Professor Jonathan Wolff Alfred Landecker Professor of Values and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government


The first five days will consist of:

  1. A short faculty presentation, followed by Q&A
  2. Two participant presentations, with response by the faculty member and Q&A

The final day will be for general discussion and reflection.

Wednesday 22 July

  • 14:30 Jonathan Wolff, Social Inequality (talk and Q&A)
  • 15:30 Break
  • 15:40 Sam Couldrick, University of Reading. ‘Criminal record checks, stigma, and social inequality’ (talk, response, and Q&A)
  • 16:30 Break
  • 16:40 Taylor Chun Hong Lau, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology ‘Against the economic view of time in the workplace: the claim to free time’ (talk, response, and Q&A)
  • 17:30 Close

Thursday 23 July

  • 14:30 Colleen Murphy, Transitional Justice (talk and Q&A)
  • 15:30 Break
  • 15:40 Romina Rekers, University of Graz, ‘Transitional epistemic justice. From the #metoo movement to testimonial justice’ (talk, response, and Q&A)
  • 16:30 Break
  • 16:40 Andrew Buskell, University of Cambridge, ‘Unjust conferrals’ (talk, response, and Q&A)
  • 17:30 Close

Friday 24 July

  • 14:30 Tommie Shelby, Justice and Race (talk and Q&A)
  • 15:30 Break
  • 15:40 Olufemi Taiwo, Georgetown University, ‘Reconsidering reparations’ (talk, response, and Q&A)
  • 16:30 Break
  • 16:40 Oshmita Ray, Oxford University, ‘May the use of violent civil disobedience in response to institutional racism be justified?’ (talk, response, and Q&A)
  • 17:30 Close

Monday 27 July

  • 14:30 Jason Stanley, Fascism
  • 15:30 Break
  • 15:40 Aneesa Ali, SAFI Institute of Advanced Study, Vazhayur, Kerala, ‘Shared shouting: the strategic essentialism among Indians’ (talk, response, and Q&A)
  • 16:30 Break
  • 16:40 Mihaela Popa, ZAS Berlin, ‘Slurring speech and social norms (talk, response, and Q&A)
  • 17:30 Close

Tuesday 28 July

  • 14:30 Sarah Fine, Immigration
  • 15:30 Break
  • 15:40 Lok Lam Yim, Hong Kong University ‘Why the right to collective self-determination of a people cannot support extensive immigration control’ (talk, response, and Q&A)
  • 16:30 Break
  • 16:40 Rufaida Al Hashmi, Oxford University, ‘Are states justified in selecting immigrants by lottery?’ (talk, response, and Q&A)
  • 17:30 Close

Wednesday 29 July

  • Panel discussion chaired by Karen Jackson-Weaver – all faculty members will reflect on the questions raised in their session.

Optional pre-reading

Jonathan Wolff, ‘Social Equality and Social Inequality’, in Social Equality: Essays on What It Means to be Equals, eds. Carina Fourie, Fabian Schuppert, and Ivo Wallimann-Helmer, Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 209-226

Colleen Murphy, 'On Principled Compromises: When does a Process of Transitional Justice Qualify as Just?' Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 120 (2020): 47-70.

Colleen Murphy, 'The Ethics of Diversity in Transitional Justice', Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 16(2018).

Jason Stanley, ‘Fascism as a Social Kind’.

Sarah Fine, 'Refugees, Safety, and a Decent Human Life', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Volume 119, Issue 1, April 2019, Pages 25–52.

Tommie Shelby, 'Race', The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy, ed David Estlund (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 336-353.

Tommie Shelby, 'Racism, Moralism, and Social Criticism', Du Bois Review 11.1 (2014): 57-74.

Other readings to follow.