Confronting Discrimination | International Symposium

27–29 October, 2021 | University of Innsbruck – Department of Philosophy | Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen

Confronting Discrimination. Phenomenological and Genealogical Perspectives


"The idea of equal treatment is essential to the self-conception of democratic societies: the rule of law promises protection against arbitrary disadvantages. However, contemporary social reality is still haunted by forms of discrimination. Often, discrimination goes unnoticed, is tacitly tolerated or even endorsed. The violent death of George Floyd and the ensuing global Black Lives Matter movement starkly revealed this contradiction, thus raising awareness for the prevalence of racism and racial
discrimination, especially in Western societies. Also, the COVID-19 pandemic makes visible a broad array of systematic patterns of discrimination, since the risk of contracting and dying from the SARS CoV-2 virus is by no means evenly distributed. The poor, precariously employed, and minorities are disproportionately affected. In addition, the so-called “risk groups” (such as the elderly) are not only biologically more vulnerable, but become so in interaction with social factors such as poverty, disenfranchisement, marginalization, or dire housing conditions. Hence, susceptibility to the virus is entangled with complex structures and histories of discrimination."


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