Oxford Philosophy, Law, and Politics Colloquium


The Oxford Philosophy, Law, and Politics Colloquium is a new interdisciplinary colloquium series that brings together theorists from philosophy, law, politics and beyond to discuss works-in-progress by distinguished visiting scholars. Sessions are held approximately thrice yearly – once each term – and a paper for each session is circulated in advance to participants. Those unable to read the paper in advance are nevertheless welcome to attend as a summary of the paper will be given. It is expected that papers by visiting guests will have broad academic and cross-disciplinary appeal. Beginning in 2022-23, the Colloquium is co-convened by Ruth Chang, Cecile Fabre, Kate Greasley, and Alison Hills.  
The Colloquium usually takes place in the Old Library at All Souls College from 5:00-7:00 p.m. From 2022-23, we will be attempting to move some sessions to a more family-friendly time slot. To attend any Colloquium, please register by emailing oxfordPLPevents@gmail.com. If you have questions about any event of the Colloquium, please email ruth.chang@law.ox.ac.uk.


2022-2023 (in 2022-23, some of the PLP Colloquia will move to the more family-friendly time of 2-4p.m.): 
October 14, 2022: Liam Murphy, Why Tax Wealth?, Tsilly Dagan (Law) engages with Liam Murphy (NYU), 2-4p.m. (note the earlier time) Old Library, All Souls
November 28, 2022: Catharine A. MacKinnon, Exploring Transgender Politics: A Conversation with Catharine A. MacKinnon with commentary by Finn Mackay, Sandra Fredman, and Mischa Shuman, 3-5 p.m. Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Mansfield College; cosponsored with the Feminist Jurisprudence Discussion Group and the Jurisprudence Discussion Group. Please note that this event was originally scheduled for November 30 but has been moved due to the strike.
November 29, 2022: Catharine A. MacKinnon, Rape Redefined, Kate O'Regan (Law) engages with Catharine A. MacKinnon (U Michigan/Harvard), 5-7p.m., Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Mansfield College; cosponsored with the Bonavero Centre for Human Rights
*CANCELLED* March 2, 2023: Seth Lazar, Algorithmic Governance and Political Philosophy: Governing the Algorithmic CityHelen Mountfield KC (Principal, Mansfield College) engages with Seth Lazar (Australian National University) 5-7p.m. Old Library, All Souls
May 26, 2023: Jeremy Waldron, Self ApplicationJo Wolff (BSG) engages with Jeremy Waldron (NYU), 5-7p.m. 10 Merton Street Lecture Theatre (note venue). 
Check back at this page for further information. The PLP Colloquium will be on hiatus during the academic year 2023-24. 

Accompanying each colloquium will be an Oxford PLP Seminar for students during which the paper and any other relevant material to the colloquium will be discussed. Email oxfordPLPevents@gmail.com if you wish to register for the seminar.

October 13, 2022: Seminar with Ruth Chang on Liam Murphy, 2-4p.m., Bostar Hall, University College

November 28, 2022: Seminar with Ruth Chang on Catharine MacKinnon, 11-1p.m., Bostar Hall, University College

*CANCELLED* March 1, 2023: Seminar with Ruth Chang on Seth Lazar, 2-4p.m., Bostar Hall, University College

May 25, 2023: Seminar with Ruth Chang on Jeremy Waldron, 2-4p.m., Bostar Hall, University College


Past Colloquia
October 17, 2019: John Tasioulas, Saving Human Rights from Human Rights LawGrant Lamond (Law) engages with John Tasioulas (KCL)
March 4, 2020: Alison Hills (Philosophy) engages with Miranda Fricker (CUNY) *Postponed due to strike action
May 7, 2020: Sophie Smith (Politics) engages with Imani Perry (Princeton) *Postponed due to pandemic 
October 30, 2020: Miranda Fricker, Bernard Williams As A Philosopher of Ethical Freedom,  Alison Hills (Philosophy) engages with Miranda Fricker (CUNY) *Online at Zoom
November 13, 2020: Samuel Scheffler, Procreation, Immigration, and the Future of Humanity, Thomas Sinclair (Philosophy) engages with Samuel Scheffler (NYU) *Online at Zoom 
January 20, 2021: Cass SunsteinBehavioral Welfare Economics, Timothy Endicott (Law) engages with Cass Sunstein (Harvard) *Online at Zoom 
May 7, 2021: Cecile FabreDoxastic Wrongs and True Beliefs,Tarunabh Khaitan (Law) engages with Cecile Fabre (Oxford) *Online at Zoom 


November 11, 2021: Seana ShiffrinDemocratic Politics: Duty Delegation without Abdication, Kate Greasley (Law) engages with Seana Shiffrin (UCLA) *Online at Zoom

January 27 2022: Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami, and Jeremy Weinstein, Joint Event with the Ethics in AI Institute at Oxford - book discussion of System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How to Reboot with authors Rob ReichMehran Sahami, and Jeremy Weinstein. Comments by Vincent ConitzerBryce Goodman, and Helene Landemore*Online here.

February 24, 2022: Nomy ArpalyOn Being Blameless Among One’s Contemporaries, Alison Hills (Philosophy) engages with Nomy Arpaly (Brown) *Online at Zoom

May 5, 2022: Imani PerryAfrican American Narrative Jurisprudence, Sophie Smith (Politics) engages with Imani Perry (Princeton) Old Library, All Souls College - CANCELLED DUE TO SPEAKER ILLNESS

May 27, 2022: Sally HaslangerStructural Injustice: Managing Social Coordination in Complex SystemsRachel Fraser (Philosophy) engages with Sally Haslanger (MIT), Old Library, All Souls College

Thanks are due to the Hewlett Foundation for funding that makes the PLP Colloquium Series possible. 

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