This post-graduate conference is an interdisciplinary endeavour to work on the very foundations of epistemic conflict in contemporary societies. The conference welcomes contributions from postgraduate students and early-career researchers from sociology, political theory, philosophy and related disciplines. Further, we invite authors working in decolonial/post-colonial studies, feminism, critical phenomenology, and gender theory, to present their insights. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to: • What is an epistemic conflict? How can we resolve them effectively? • What constitutes an expert? • How does processes of racialization and intersecting social relations of power enter into the construction of and disqualification for the role of 'expert'? • How is lay/counter-expertise being used to challenge expertise? • What can we learn from the experience of epistemic conflict? • What is/should be the role of experts in democratic decision-making procedures? • Who are the actors that draw the line between expertise/ignorance, knowledge/nonknowledge? How do they draw this line? • How can ‘the authority of the expert’ function to occlude dissent in public debates? • What is the role of ideology, socialization, or hegemony in the construction of expert discourses?
Submission details: Please send an abstract (300-500 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposed papers should be suitable for 20 minutes-presentations. Proposals should contain the paper’s title and keywords and should be suitable for blind review. Please list the author’s details (name, institution, e-mail and qualification) in the body of the email. The submission deadline is Sunday 13th June 2021. Notifications will be sent out by 28h June. This conference is jointly hosted by PhD candidates at the departments of Sociology, Government, and the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex, with help from CRESI and cIDA. The conference will take place online via Zoom.