Epistemic Injustice in Asylum Policy and Practice

Alongside Sanjana Govindarajan (University of Groningen) and Kerri Woods (University of Leeds), our centre member Megan Blomflied (University of Sheffield) is organizing a workshop at the annual MANCEPT (Manchester Centre for Political Theory) conference – entitled Epistemic Injustice in Asylum Policy and Practice.

With its focus on “forms of epistemic injustice in state asylum policy and practice” the workshop examines how the growing research field of epistemic injustice can be applied

“to the study of refugee and asylum issues, which is itself a burgeoning ground of academic study as well as an important policy area. This workshop will address this gap, inviting contributions that 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 claimants. The intention is that these papers will also enlarge the field of epistemic injustice by examining the experiences of a group of people routinely affected by such injustice, that have 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.

The addressed questions will range from “what forms of epistemic injustice do state asylum policies and practices perpetrate, enable, or realise”, “how might asylum regimes be understood as epistemically unjust institutions”, “does testimony concerning trauma pose distinctive challenges to the pursuit of epistemic justice”, “how do mechanisms of epistemic injustice impact specific groups in need of international protection, such as LGBTQ asylum claimants”, “are existing concepts of epistemic injustice adequate for capturing the epistemic wrongs of asylum policies and practices”, and many more.

You can check out the full call for papers, and any updates on talks and abstracts here.