Prejudice, Stigma, Discrimination: Combatting Exclusions Through Policy and Law

All day
Through December 18, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Begins
Dec. 16

All known societies exclude and stigmatize one or more minority groups. Frequently these exclusions were underwritten with a rhetoric of disgust: people of a certain group, it is alleged, were filthy, hyper-animal, not fit to share such facilities as drinking water, food, and public swimming pools with the “clean” “fully human” majority. Psychologists and scholars have made considerable progress in recent decades in understanding and charting the mechanisms by which disgust leads to social and legal stigma. But these exclusions vary in their scope and also in the specific disgust-ideologies underlying them. Thus legal and social remedies must engage in a comparative study of stigma and prejudice, learning from history and from the experience of other societies, and choosing social, legal, and institutional policies in the light of that learning.

This conference bringed together a group of scholars of politics and law to explore these varied operations of stigma and disgust in the history of India and the United States in different areas of exclusion and majority tyranny. While considering ideas of stigma and disgust as a philosophical and psychological hub, this conference were devote sustained attention to the particular variations that arise in areas of discrimination including race, caste, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, and religion. With a focus on not only individual bad intent but also the institutional underpinnings of discrimination, presenters was explored legal and social remedies in the American and Indian contexts and suggest directions for remediating stigma’s universal influence on politics and public life.

 

AGENDA

Friday, 16th December 2016

12:45pm-1:30pm
Registration for participants

1:30pm-1:35pm: Welcome by John Mark Hansen, Faculty Director, UChicago Center in Delhi and Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Political Science and the College

1:35pm-2:00pm: Introduction by Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Law School and the Philosophy Department

2:00pm-4:00pm: Caste:

Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College at the University of Chicago

Ashwini Deshpande, Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics

4:00pm-4:30pm Tea & Coffee Break

4:30pm-6:30pm: Race in the U.S.:

Justin Driver, the Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Emilio Comay del Junco, Third-year graduate student in the joint program in Philosophy and Social Thought at the University of Chicago

6:30pm-7:30pm Tea, Coffee & Snacks at the Delhi Center
 

Saturday, 17th December 2016

9:00am–9:45am
Registration with Tea & Coffee

9:45am-11:20am Women:

Vidhu Verma, Professor in the Centre for Political Studies, JNU

Emily Dupree, Third year PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Chicago and second year law student at the University of Chicago Law School

11:20am-11:30am Tea & Coffee Break

11:30am-1:15pm Sexual Orientation and Transgender:

Jeff Redding, Associate Professor of Law at Saint Louis University Law School

Vasujith Ram, fifth-year law student at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences

1:15pm-2:15pm Lunch at the Delhi Center

2:15pm-4:15pm Age Discrimination:

Saul Levmore, William B. Graham Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.
Levmore’s paper will be presented by Dorothy Shapiro, Lecturer in Law and Bigelow Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School

Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Law School and the Philosophy Department

4:15pm-4:30pm Tea & Coffee Break

4:30pm-6:30pm Muslims:

Professor Emerita Zoya Hasan, Professor in the Centre for Political Studies at JNU. Former Dean of the School Social Sciences at JNU and Chair of the Gender Studies program at JNU

Aziz Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago

6:30pm Tea & Coffee Break


Sunday, 18th December 2016

9:00am–9:30am
Registration with Tea & Coffee

9:30am-11:00am Disability:

Nandini Ghosh, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Development Studies Kolkata

Anita Ghai, Professor in School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi

11:00am-12:00pm Class:

Laura Weinrib, Assistant Professor of Law and the Herbert and Marjorie Fried Teaching Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School

12:00pm-12:15pm Tea & Coffee Break

12:15pm-1:45pm Theories of Discrimination:

Tarunabh Khaitan, Associate Professor of Law in the Law Faculty of Oxford University and the Hackney Fellow in Law at Wadham College

Richard McAdams, Bernard D. Meltzer Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School


1:45pm-2:30pm Conclusion:

Professor Emerita Zoya Hasan, Professor in the Centre for Political Studies at JNU. Former Dean of the School Social Sciences at JNU and Chair of the Gender Studies program at JNU

Vidhu Verma, Professor in the Centre for Political Studies, JNU

2:30pm Lunch at the Delhi Center