International Conference on Epistemic Oppression and Decolonization @ Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM
May 29 – May 31 all-day
International Conference on Epistemic Oppression and Decolonization @ Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM

The International Conference on Epistemic Oppression and Decolonization organized by Amandine Catala (UQAM)’ Canada Research Chair on Epistemic Injustice and Angency will be held at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) on May 29-31, 2024.

With keynotes from:

**The conference is free and open to all and it is possible to attend online via livestream on May 29-31 (no registration required) or in person at UQAM (registration required by May 8).

DAY 1 – 29 May 2024

10:00 – 11:15 (Keynote) Gaile Pohlhaus (Miami University, Ohio), Epistemic Pressure and Intersectional Interdependence
Chair: Kristin Voigt (McGill University, CRÉ)
11:15 – 11:25 Break
11:25 – 12:15 Abe Tobi (Université de Montréal, CRÉ, CRC-IAE), Towards a Relational Account of Epistemic Agency
Chair: Anne-Marie Gagné-Julien (McGill University, CRÉ, CRC-IAE)
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:05 Cory Aragon (Cal Poly Pomona), Faces of Epistemic Oppression
Chair: Gilles Beauchamp (McGill University, CRC-IAE)
2:05 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:05 Eric Bayruns García (McMaster University), Anti-Critical Race Theory Legislation, History of Racial Injustice and Hermeneutical Injustice
Chair: Nick Clanchy (McGill University, CRÉ, CRC-IAE)
3:05 – 3:25 Coffee break
3:25 – 4:15 Tempest Henning (Fisk University), Bad (White) Epistemic Luck
Chair: Michelle Martineau (Université de Montréal, CRIDAQ)
4:15 – 4:25 Break
4:25 – 5:15 Karen Jones (University of Melbourne), Defund the Police: How to Identify and Undermine Common Strategies for White Policing of the Borders of Philosophy
Chair: Muhammad Velji (Wesleyan University)

DAY 2 – 30 May 2024

10:00 – 11:15 (Keynote) José Medina (Northwestern University), Epistemic Border-Crossing: Polyphonic Decolonial Resistance and Collective Epistemic Self-Empowerment
Chair: Yann Allard-Tremblay (McGill University, CRÉ, GRIPP)
11:15 – 11:25 Break
11:25 – 12:15 Emma Velez (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Latinx Decolonial Feminisms & Epistemologies Hecho a Mano
Chair: Mirjiam Fines-Neuschild (Université de Montréal, CERC, CRC-IAE)
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:05 Jorge Sanchez Perz (University of Alberta), Mestizaje as a Political Project and the Limits of Latin American Philosophy
Chair: Éliot Litalien (Université de Montréal, CRÉ)
2:05 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:05 Bailey Thomas (Dartmouth College), Conceptualizing Africana Decolonial Epistemologies
Chair: Leena Abdelrahim (University of Toronto)
3:05 – 3:25 Coffee break
3:25 – 4:15 Fiona Jenkins (Australian National University), Acknowledgment of Country and the Staging of History: Can Practices of Acknowledgment Alleviate Colonial Epistemic Oppression?
Chair: Dominique Leydet (UQAM, CRIDAQ, GRIPP)
4:15 – 4:25 Break
4:25 – 5:15 Rebecca Tsosie (University of Arizona), Non-Ideal Theory and Reparative Justice: The Logic of “Indigenous Rights”
Chair: Karine Millaire (Université de Montréal)

DAY 3 – 31 May 2024

10:00 – 10:50 Veli Mitova (University of Johannesburg), Decolonial Epistemic-Authority Reparations
Chair: Ryoa Chung (Université de Montréal, CRÉ, GRIPP)
10:50 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:50 Magali Bessone (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne), Specters of Haiti: Epistemic Reparations in a Postcolonial Context
Chair: Cheldy Belkhodja (Concordia University, CRIDAQ)
11:50 – 12:50 Lunch
12:50 – 1:40 Naïma Hamrouni (UQTR, CREF, CRÉ, CRIDAQ), The Importance of Colonial Memory in the Conceptualization of Structural Injustices
Chair: Amin Perez (UQAM, CRIDAQ)
1:40 – 1:50 Break
1:50 – 2:40 Seunghyun Song (Tilburg University), Epistemic Responsibility for Structural Remedies
Chair: Marie-Pier Lemay (Carleton University)
2:40 – 3:00 Coffee break
3:00 – 3:50 Désirée Lim (Penn State University), Decolonization, Museums, and the Right to Be Unknown
Chair: Soufia Galand (Université de Sherbrooke, CRC-IAE)
3:50 – 4:00 Break
4:00 – 5:15 (Keynote) Linda Alcoff (CUNY), Imperial Museums and the Claim to Universal Knowledge
Chair: Phoebe Friesen (McGill University, CRÉ)

This conference is made possible thanks to the generous support of the following sponsors::
– Chaire de recherche du Canada sur l’injustice et l’agentivité épistémiques/Canada Research Chair on Epistemic Injustice and Agency (CRC-IAE)
– Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité et la démocratie (CRIDAQ)
– Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ)
– Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en philosophie politique (GRIPP)
– Canadian Journal of Philosophy (CJP)
– Faculté des sciences humaines, UQAM
– Département de philosophie, UQAM
– Chaire de recherche du Canada en éthique féministe (CREF)

ChatGPT and ethics: reflections around Large Language Models (LLM) and other generation algorithms. @ Cegep de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Jun 6 all-day
ChatGPT and ethics: reflections around Large Language Models (LLM) and other generation algorithms. @ Cegep de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

ChatGPT et l’éthique : réflexions autour des Grands modèles de langage (LLM) et autres algorithmes de génération.

The Centre de Recherche en Éthique (CRÉ), Martin Gibert and Thomas Adetou are pleased to invite you to submit a paper proposal for a colloquium to be held at the SPQ annual conference on June 6, 2024 at the Cégep de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

The topic will be the ethics of algorithms such as Midjourney or Dall.e (image generation) or Large Language Models such as ChatGPT (text generation). The aim will be to explore the ethical implications arising from the emergence of generative algorithms, highlighting the challenges and opportunities they offer in the contemporary philosophical landscape. We hope to create and encourage a space for interdisciplinary dialogue conducive to exploring the interactions between generative algorithms and the field of ethics.

The call for papers will close on May 05, 2024 at 11:59 pm. Submissions must meet the following requirements:
– An abstract of no more than 300 words in French.
– The subject of the paper must be in the fields of ethics and/or generative algorithms.
– Abstracts should be sent to the following address:

The colloquium will be an opportunity to contribute to the diversity and richness of exchanges at this conference marking the SPQ’s fiftieth anniversary.
For further information:

Denise Celentano (UdeM) @ Room 309, UdeM, Hybrid mode
Jun 11 @ 12:00 – 13:15
Denise Celentano (UdeM) @ Room 309, UdeM, Hybrid mode

As part of the CRÉ lunchtime conferences, Denise Celentano (UdeM) will give a presentation entitled “Status Labor”.

To participate via Zoom, click here.


The concept of status is usually taken to describe people’s standing in the social hierarchy, referring to relatively static positions in the social order. Yet status norms have a dynamic side to them, too: they also require individuals to “do” status. I refer to the work of “doing status” as “status labor.” Status labor is the work that agents are implicitly expected to perform in order to act and counteract social status ascriptions. Status ascriptions are culturally mediated presumptions of competence triggered by social identifiers. The belief of lower competence in women, black or working-class people is an example. Status labor is the work implied by that belief, e.g., working harder to prove one’s competence or self-polishing to fit norms of suitability. Status labor perpetuates social hierarchies by inflicting higher contributory burdens on lower status agents. The presentation focuses in particular, but not exclusively, on the status labor that agents perform in the context of the workplace, where status-based expectations of suitability to roles are particularly relevant. The presentation has three main aims. First, partly drawing on the work of Erving Goffman and the sociology of social status, it conceptualizes status labor, providing an exploratory taxonomy through concrete examples and a differential analysis. Second, it locates status labor in a relational egalitarian framework. While ideas of “treatment” and “expression,” recurring in the relational egalitarian debate, tend to mostly focus on the interactional aspects of status, status labor focuses on the intra-personal work of complying with status scripts, thereby providing a more fine-grained understanding of dynamics of social subordination. Third, it formulates relational egalitarian as well as non-relational egalitarian objections to status labor.

Listening to our silences: Technologies, communication and marginalization @ Room C-1017-02, Carrefour des Arts & Sciences, Université de Montréal
Jun 13 – Jun 14 all-day

Mark your calendars!

The graduate fellows of the Center for Research in Ethics (CRÉ) are pleased to announce their international conference, dedicated this year to the theme “Listening to Our Silences: Technologies, Communication, and Marginalization.”

Organizers: Thomas Emmaüs Adetou (Ph.D., UdeM); Véronique Chetmi Eyali (Ph.D., ULaval); Louis Pierre Côté (Ph.D., UQTR); Ann-Sophie Gravel (Master’s, ULaval); Gabrielle Joni Verreault (Ph.D., UdeM); Alexis Morin-Martel (Ph.D., McGill); Alexandre Poisson (Ph.D., UQÀM); and Marie-Christine Roy (Ph.D., UdeM).

A call for papers has been issued (deadline: May 1st 2024). Details of the event program will follow soon.


8th Montreal Social Justice Theory Workshop @ To be determined.
Jun 27 – Jun 28 all-day
8th Montreal Social Justice Theory Workshop @ To be determined.

8th edition of the Social Justice Theory Workshop, organized by Pablo Gilabert and Peter Dietsch, for the Social Justice Centre, at Concordia, and University of Victoria.

The aim of the Social Justice Theory Workshop is to enable sustained exploration in the theory of social justice. It addresses topics such as the articulation of ideals and principles of economic, political, gender, race, environmental, and cultural justice; the critique of inequality, domination, exploitation, and alienation; and the illumination of political institutions, practices and processes of transformation that might foster progressive change.

Workshop papers will be pre-circulated, and participation implies a commitment to reading the papers in advance.

This workshop is organised by Pablo Gilabert and Peter Dietsch, in association with the Social Justice Centre (Concordia University), le Centre de Recherche en Éthique (Université de Montréal) and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Victoria.

The 8th edition of this intensive research workshop will take place on June 27-28, 2024.

The workshop will be in person. Places are limited. If you would like to participate, please send your name to Christiane Bailey ( by May 25, 2024.

The workshop will take place at the SHIFT Centre for Social Transformation.


Brookes Brown (University of Toronto): “The Acceptance Condition Reconsidered: Impartiality, Mutuality, and the Grounds of Fair Play.

Commentator: Louis-Philippe Hodgson (University of York)

Andree-Anne Cormier (Ecole Nationale d’Administration Publique, Montreal): “Is Loneliness a Problems of Justice?”

Commentator: Natalie Stoljar (McGill)

Peter Dietsch (University of Victoria): “Just incomes and climate change: Can economic justice pave the way for climate justice?”

Commentator: Juliette Roussin (Laval)

Pablo Gilabert (Concordia University): “Real Interests, Well-Being, and Ideology Critique.”

Commentator: Denise Celentano (Universite de Montreal)

Aaron James (University of California, Irvine): “Republican Money”

Commentator: Jacqueline Best (University of Ottawa)

Steven Klein (King’s College, London): “Towards a Democratic Theory of Labour Unions”

Commentator: Éliot Litalien (Université de Montréal)

Lisa Herzog (UGroeningen) @ Online
Sep 13 @ 11:00 – 12:00
Lisa Herzog (UGroeningen) @ Online

As part of the activities of the Philosophy of Work Network, Lisa Herzog (UGroeningen) will offer a presentation entitled: “Labor Markets without Market Wages”.

The activities of the Philosophy of Work Network are open to researchers and graduate students with research interests in this area. Please write to the organizers, Denise Celentano ( and Pablo Gilabert (, to receive the zoom link.


Should wages be determined by market forces? This paper argues against this view, based on consideration of the kind of good that labor is and what it means to “trade” it. Two arguments brought forward in favor of market wages, the desert argument and the information argument, are not only mutually incompatible but also both not convincing. The first founders on the problem of complementarities in value creation. The second fails not only because of endogeneity problems, but also because of systemic market failures in labor markets. But is it possible to give up labor markets without endangering freedom of occupation or risking problematic degrees of inefficiency? This can be achieved by understanding labor markets as matching markets, comparable to those for donor organs: what matters is creating good matches, but the price mechanism is not central for this. From this perspective, various existing institutions, such as minimum wages and collective bargaining, can be reinterpreted as “approximative institutions” that move labor markets in a more just direction.

Annabelle Lever (Science Po, Paris) @ Room 309, UdeM, hybrid
Oct 9 @ 12:00 – 13:30
Annabelle Lever (Science Po, Paris) @ Room 309, UdeM, hybrid

Annabelle Level (Science Po, Paris) will be presenting her work. More information to come.

The lecture will be followed by a discussion chaired by Charles Blattberg (UdeM).

To participate via Zoom, click here.