31 May, 17h00 Venue: Arts Building, Main Lecture Theatre (see Venue Information for more details) Registration is free and open for all, but it is strongly recommended as places are limited (and filling up quickly). Please go to the registration page or click here.
Public Lecture by Jonathan Wolff (University of Oxford)
Abstract: Iris Marion Young’s concept of structural injustice has proved enormously helpful in thinking about how it is possible for structures as a whole to generate and sustain injustice in a way that cannot be reduced to the unjust actions of particular individuals. As others have pointed out, however, in her published works the concept of structural injustice is left in a relatively undeveloped state and it could benefit from further analysis.
Drawing on related notions, such as structural violence and institutional racism, I will attempt to provide one way of adding more detail to the concept. In particular I will explore what can be gained from the fact that a structure is also an engineering concept, and hence there may be parallels between the concept of structural injustice and a structural problem in, for example, a building. In this way, different types of remedies to address different type of injustice become more apparent.