Event V: Class, Power and Philosophy

Date: 25th of November 2021
Time: 10:30-5:00
Location: Humanities Research Institute – online attendees can register here (individual event page) or here (event series page)

What this event will be about:

How does class affect our lives? What is class power, and what is its significance for
freedom and democracy? And can philosophy help us understand it? Class, Power,
and Philosophy brings activists engaged in class struggles around low pay,
peasants’ land rights, and the university sector together with political philosophers to
foster dialogue about issues which both activists and philosophers deal with daily,
but from very different angles. Where activists try to fight the arbitrary power of
bosses over workers, philosophers are interested in how this power affects one’s
freedom. Where philosophers are interested in the nature of democracy, activists in
the workers’ movement often struggle for greater democratic control over society and
the workplace. As well as helping us understand these concrete issues better, the
event also aims to reflect on how we do political philosophy. Are there features of
workers’ struggles which cast doubt on philosophical theories of justice? Would
political philosophy benefit from taking the ideas from working class traditions more
seriously? This event will be a stimulating occasion to hear speakers from many
different backgrounds discuss these issues in an engaging and accessible way, and
to further our understanding of some of the most important political questions of our

Detailled schedule:

The Battle for Higher Education:
Will Hornett (University of Sheffield) – 10:30-11:00
Joshua Forstenzer (University of Sheffield) – 11:00-11:30
Q/A – 11:30-12:15

Lunch will be provided from – 12:15-1:15

Food Sovereignty and Global Injustice
Catherine McAndrew (Landworkers’ Alliance) – 1:15-1:45
Megan Blomfield (The University of Sheffield) – 1:45-2:15
Q/A – 2:15-3:00

How Are Workers Dominated?
Bob Jeffery (Sheffield Hallam University) – 3:15-3:45
Tom O’Shea (University of Roehampton) – 3:45-4:15
Q/A – 4:15-5:00

If you are attending in-person, you do not need to register. Should you choose to attend in person, we kindly ask you to wear a face covering.

This event is organized by William Hornett.

We will be hearing from:

Robert Jeffery, Tom O’Shea, Catherine McAndrew, Megan Blomfield, Josh Forstenzer, Will Hornett