Epistemic Injustice and Asylum

Our centre member Megan Blomfield will be part of a panel discussion on “Epistemic Injustice and Asylum”, alongside Sanjana Govindarajan (The University of Groningen, Netherlands), Leonie Smith (The University of Manchester, UK) and Kerri Woods (The University of Leeds, UK).

The event will take place online on the 4th of September, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM BST/5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (CEST)

The discusion will focus, among other things, on “how mechanisms of epistemic injustice impact on issues central to contemporary concerns about the justice of asylum regimes and processes in the UK and beyond; applying insights from epistemic injustice theory to specific policies that governments and other agencies claim to be legitimate but which, the panel argues, should be called into question.”

The aim of the panel is to a.) “apply insights from the field of epistemic injustice to illuminate problematic aspects of asylum policy and practice and the specific harms and injustices faced by asylum seekers” and b.) “to enlarge the field of epistemic injustice by examining the experiences of a group of people routinely affected by such injustice that has hitherto been neglected by philosophers working in this field; showing that existing philosophical frameworks may have to be expanded or adjusted in order to adequately account for the forms of epistemic injustice experienced by those claiming asylum.”

You can read more about the event, and register for it here.