[PLing] WKAP talk (online) by Jennifer Saul (Waterloo) on 17 March 2021, 16.45h (CET), "Saying the Quiet Part Loud: The Rise of Blatant Racism and Falsehood in Politics"

Max Kölbel max.koelbel at univie.ac.at
Wed Mar 10 14:34:05 CET 2021

Dear colleagues and friends,

The 2020-21 WKAP season will continue with a talk by:

Jennifer Saul (Waterloo Chair in Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Waterloo)

on Wednesday 17th March 2021, 16.45 – 18.45h (virtual conference room) 

Saying the Quiet Part Loud: The Rise of Blatant Racism and Falsehood in Politics

It is widely held that something has changed with respect to both blatantly racist speech and obvious falsehood in recent years.  Both seem to have gone mainstream, to a shocking degree, in political speech.  There’s obviously nothing new at all about racism in politics, or about false political speech.  Yet since approximately the 1960s, politicians felt a need to conceal their racism at least partially, in response to the social unacceptability of explicit racism.  And concealment of falsehood obviously has a very long tradition in politics.  With the rise of the Far Right,  and the increasingly high profile of conspiracy theories, there seem to have been dramatic shifts. In this talk, I will explore this shift, focusing on how to conceptualise the nature of the changes in our discourse, and also on the linguistic mechanisms that have enabled it.  I will argue that although there are significant differences between the two phenomena, they are intertwined and facilitated by many of the same mechanisms. (I will focus largely on the US, but the lessons will hopefully be far more general.) 

IMPORTANT: The talk will take place in a virtual conference room (on Zoom). If you would like to attend, please send an email to Sandrine Klot (alexandra.klot at univie.ac.at <mailto:alexandra.klot at univie.ac.at>) by Tuesday, March 16th. She will send you the link.

Still to come in WKAP 2020-21:

21 April 2021		Eran Tal (McGill)
26 May 2021		Katherine Ritchie (UC Irvine)
16 June 2021		Seth Yalcin (UC Berkeley)

Wiener Kolloquium Analytische Philosophie
Details: https://wkap.phl.univie.ac.at/ <https://wkap.phl.univie.ac.at/>
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