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Overview

I am a Lecturer at the Philosophy Department at the University of Manchester. Previously I was a Marie Curie fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS Berlin), an independent research fellow at the University of Birmingham, and a Beatriu de Pinos Fellow at LOGOS Barcelona.

My main research interests are in Philosophy of Language and Linguistics, Meta-ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Social Epistemology, Philosophy and Race and Gender. My recent work focuses on how slurs and oppressive speech shift social norms and re-entrench social hierarchies. I’m currently using tools from game-theoretic and social norms theories to make testable predictions about e.g. the spread of oppressive speech use, coalitions formation, and the emergence of discriminatory norms.

I lead the following two grants:

2023 - 2025. Rebuilding Trust in Public Discourse: The Good Speech Project (postdoc: Justina Berškytė).

2022 - 2023. Online Harms and Trust: Incel Communities. Centre for Digital Trust and Society Seedcorn (co-Is: Justina Berškytė, Graham Stevens, Miriam Ronzoni, Vera Hohaus, Leigh Leigh Harrington; RAs Adelina-Dalia Valoschi, Maurits Bekkers, Iqra Zahid, Lily Calloway). 

I teach Applied Philosophy (PHIL20032) and Language and Oppression (PHIL30811).

I am the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion officer.

I co-organise the Philosophy Film Club with Jonathan Hourigan, MA Director in Creative Writing. 

 

Further information

Public Engagement & Workshops Organised

2023 (10 Feb). How Hate Speech Works. London lectures Words and Worlds. The Royal Institute of Philosophy. 

2023 (10-11 July). (with Justina Berškytė): Harmful Content (Online and Offline): Challenges and Ways Out.

2022 (3 March). (with Justina Berškytė): Themes in Oppressive Speech

2022. Open for Debate Blog: Social media: a viral promoter of social ills?

2020 - 2021. ZAS Berlin: Oppressive Speech, Societies & Norms series. HaLO YouTube channel.

→ Theme 1: Social Norms & Institutions: Game Theory (3-4 December 2020)

→ Theme 2: Silencing, Speaking up & Free Speech (28-29 January 2021)

→ Theme 3: Social Meaning & Semantics/Pragmatics of Harmful Speech (18-19 February 2021)

→ Theme 4: Oppressive Practices & Norms: Speech Acts, Conversational Dynamics (24-26 March 2021)

→ Theme 5: Disinformation, Epistemic Vices & Online Harm (6-7 May 2021)

→ Theme 6: Structural Oppression and the Road to Justice (15-16 July 2021)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

University of Washington

Areas of expertise

  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Gender and Race

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Policy@Manchester

Keywords

  • Digital Platforms
  • Digital Futures
  • Online Safety Bill
  • Social Media
  • Technology
  • Digital Transformation
  • Online Hate

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