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Part of the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health seminar series.

One of the key roles of academics who research phenomena which are related to their own minoritisation (“minoritised scholars”) is to bring innovation to research by having been sensitised to problematic aspects of the existing scholarship through their own lived experience. Yet, they face a number of well-documented difficulties, including epistemic oppression, epistemic injustice, epistemic exploitation, microaggression. While these problems are clearly documented, few solutions are currently offered.

In this session, Zsuzsanna Chappell suggests that some aspects of democratic deliberation could be usefully applied here. She will discuss three of these aspects: boundary-setting, agenda-setting and veto power, and will also explore the role minoritized scholars should play in research communities. In this talk Zsuzsanna's focus will be particularly on scholars with lived experience of mental health difficulties.

Please note that this session will be recorded.

About the speaker

Zsuzsanna Chappell is an independent scholar specialising in the fields of philosophy of psychiatry, moral and social philosophy. She is especially interested in ethical problems associated with mental health, and issues related to the diversity in our mental experiences.

She received her PhD from the London School of Economics and held academic positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Manchester. Her previous research is in the area of political philosophy and democratic theory. She is the author of Deliberative Democracy: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave 2012).

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