Confronting Discrimination: Phenomenological and Genealogical Perspectives conference

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Conference convened at the University of Innsbruck, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, face to face and online over Zoom from 27-29 October 2021.

Confronting Discrimination. Phenomenological and Genealogical Perspectives
27-29 Oktober, 2021 | Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen / Streaming

> Fahim Amir (Vienna): Cohabitation
> Elsa Dorlin (Paris): The Lived Experience of Domination: Essay on a Phenomenology of Selfdefense
> Burkhard Liebsch (Bochum): Differentiation and Discrimination: Between Prohibition and Inevitability
> Marina Martinez Mateo (Frankfurt/Main): Represent! Confronting Discrimination, Multiplying Representations, Criticizing Identity
> Gerald Posselt (Vienna): Discrimination, Speech and Neoliberal Rationality
> Gail Weiss (Washington DC): Toward a Critical Phenomenology of Normalcy

Agenda: This international symposium plans to confront experiences and structures of discrimination by taking up phenomenological and genealogical perspectives on these issues in the context of various disciplines and research projects, mainly tackling questions such as: What does it mean to experience discrimination and how do these experiences relate to structural discriminatory frameworks? How can such experiences become the issue of phenomenological analysis so that they are adequately and sensitively reflected and discussed? How can different experiences and structures of discrimination be related or compared genealogically? In which ways do multiple experiences of discrimination mutually condition and reinforce each other and how do they become institutionally visible and nameable? How do they become recognizable when they are perhaps not directly evident or witnessed by those affected? What role do experiences and structures of discrimination play in the production of academic knowledge? In the context of the concerns outlined above and in consideration of all those events that demonstrate how discrimination structures social relations and affects the experiences of people, the main ambition of the symposium is to provide a temporary space for scholars and activists to explore, revisit, criticize, and discuss, that is, to confront discrimination – not least by considering what both scholarship and activism may contribute to current disputes and conflicts.

Hybrid Format: The symposium will be streamed via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided to all registered participants before the event. Registration:

On October 29 at 6:00 pm we will show the film “Joy” by Sudabeh Mortezai at the Leokino Innsbruck. We are pleased to announce that actress Precious Mariam Sanusi will be present during the screening and will open the film with a statement.

Organization: Andreas Oberprantacher, Sergej Seitz and Michaela Bstieler (Department of Philosophy, University of Innsbruck)

Institutions: The conference is organized by the Institute of Philosophy and the Research Platform Center Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Leokino Innsbruck and in cooperation with the Doctoral Program “Dynamics of Inequality and Difference in the Age of Globalization” at the Research Area “Cultural Encounters – Cultural Conflicts” of the University of Innsbruck.

Covid Regulations: All on-site participants are required to show evidence of either vaccination or recovery, or else have to provide a negative test result.

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