Jennifer Saul: John, Jane, Yasser, Yasmin: how implicit biases influence our perception of others
The name at the top of a CV makes a huge difference as to how it is assessed. In study after study, psychologists have shown that the very same CV receives different ratings depending on the perceived gender and ethnic origin of the name at the top of it. This is just one example of the way that unconscious biases significantly influence how we judge and perceive others, and thus may impair the progress of those from whatever groups are stigmatised in a particular society.
Unfortunately, this is not yet as widely known outside psychology as it needs to be, and its ethical, political and practical implications are not yet well understood.
This talk will explain some of the key unconscious biases that psychology has uncovered and explore their implications. The focus will be on women in professional contexts, but many of the issues generalize to other situations and other stigmatised groups as well.
Jennifer Saul is professor of philosophy and head of department at the philosophy department of the University of Sheffield (UK). She works predominantly in philosophy of language and feminist philosophy. Her book Lying, Misleading and What is Said: An Exploration in Philosophy of Language and in Ethics is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. She is the director of the Leverhulme-funded project ‘Implicit biases and philosophy’, and has been the recipient of the Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award in 2011.
When & Where?
April 11th 2013, 20.00-21.30
Aula of the Academiegebouw
This is the first edition of the annual Aspasia Lecture; an initiative to celebrate and promote the position of women in philosophy and academia more generally. It is organized by the Faculty of Philosophy in cooperation with Studium Generale and the Groningen Centre for Philosophy and Society.
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