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.

Submissions are invited from participants wishing to present their work at the summer school. Two will be chosen on each of the five themes of the school. If you wish to have your work considered please send an abstract to by 14 July, saying which session you wish to present in.

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

Structure and programme

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.

The provisional programme is:

  • 22 July – Jonathan Wolff, Social Inequality
  • 23 July – Colleen Murphy, Transitional Justice
  • 24 July – Tommie Shelby, Justice and Race
  • 27 July – Jason Stanley, Fascism
  • 28 July – Sarah Fine, Immigration
  • 29 July – Panel discussion chaired by Karen Jackson-Weaver

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.