The Summer School
PLUSS 2022 will be divided into two sections:
(i) Discussion: Informed conversation related to a number of historic American and Canadian legal decisions and their continued impact.
(ii) Workshop: The opportunity for participants to improve their writing samples through dynamic group discussion and close reading of one another’s graduate application materials.
During the first half of the week, participants will discuss topics at the intersection of law and oppression, such as the devaluation of Black bodies in the law, legal regulation of Arab bodies post- 9/11, undocumented migration and border detention centres, the (un)equal standing of women and gender minorities in the law, and the effective erasure of disabled bodies in public and academic spheres. Provided readings will include a relevant historical decision coupled with related philosophical article(s), and such discussions will be enriched by leading scholars invited to join our students for an afternoon to discuss both their academic work as well as their personal experience as a member of a historically marginalized group working in legal philosophy.
The second section of the summer school will be dedicated to preparing participants for graduate studies in the philosophy of law. Two months prior to PLUSS 2022 (May 1st, 2022), participants will be asked to submit a philosophical paper of approximately 15-20 pages touching on moral, socio-political, or legal philosophy (broadly construed) to be workshopped. Each participant will, in turn, receive one paper for which they will be the designated commentator. The first two days of the workshop will be dedicated entirely to writing samples, presenting commentaries and discussing possible improvements to each writing sample. Following this, the third day will be dedicated to academic statements, clarifying general expectations and providing time for participants to begin drafting such statements.
2022 Invited Speakers
Joy James (Ph.D. Fordham University)
Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities at Williams College
AOI: Political Theory, Human Rights, Anti-Blackness and Genocide, Feminisms, Abolitionisms
Esme Murdock (Ph.D. Michigan State University)
Assistant Professor at San Diego State University
AOI: Environmental Justice, Indigenous and Afro-Descended Environmental Ethics, Settler Colonial Theory
2021 Invited Speakers
Brandon Hogan (J.D. Harvard, Ph.D. Pittsburgh)
Associate Professor at Howard University
AOI: Legal Punishment, Racial Justice,
Hegel's Political Philosophy, and
Ashwini Vasanthakumar (J.D. Yale, Ph.D. Oxford)
Professor at Queen's University Law School
AOI: Political Obligation and Authority, Migration and Transnationalism, Ethics of Resistance, and the Boundary Problem in Democratic Theory