Safe Spaces? A Panel with Moira Pérez & Sophie Grace Chappell

Today, the concept of “safe space” is widely used, especially in progressive debates around social justice issues. A safe space is understood to amount to a space in which socially oppressed people can exist and express themselves safely, i.e. without being exposed, mocked, their credibility or authenticity being questioned, among other forms of aggression and injustice. This panel will discuss and question the very idea of safe spaces, raising and analysing the possibility that these spaces as such exist or if they are just a mirage.

online, via ZOOM​

Thursday, December 9th / 16H (CET)

meet our guests.

Prof. Dr. Moira Pérez

Moira Pérez holds a PhD in Philosophy (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina) and is an Assistant Researcher at the Argentine National Council for Scientific and Technical Research, specialising in Practical Philosophy and Queer Theory. She’s the director of the Research Group on Applied Philosophy and Queer Politics (University of Buenos Aires). Her research has focused on various aspects of the articulation between violence and identity, currently with an emphasis on epistemic violence and institutional violence. She is currently a Fellow at the Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover (FIPH) in Hannover, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Sophie Grace Chappell

Sophie Grace Chappell is a professor of philosophy at The Open University in the UK. She was educated (as Timothy Chappell) at Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Faculty of Divinity in Edinburgh. She has taught in various universities in the UK and internationally. Since 2000 she has been Treasurer of the Mind Association, and Associate Editor and Reviews Editor of The Philosophical Quarterly. Under both her previous male name and (since 2014) her present female name, she has published over one hundred academic articles on ethics, moral psychology, epistemology, ancient philosophy, and philosophy of religion, and her books include Understanding Human Goods (Edinburgh 2003), Reading Plato’s Theaetetus (Hackett 2005), Ethics and Experience (Acumen 2009), and Knowing What To Do (OUP 2014). She has edited collections of essays including Values and Virtues (OUP 2007), The Moral Problem of Demandingness (Palgrave 2011), and Intuition, Theory, and Anti-Theory in Ethics (OUP 2015).