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Perceptions of Inequality: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

Our Ford Foundation-funded Inequality Seminar, Perceptions of Inequality: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), took place over two days at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, in June 2016. Participants were asked to circulate a reading in advance and to prepare a 8-10 minute presentation, on the way that inequality has been theorised in the speaker’s own discipline, the broader field of inequality studies across disciplines, and the key factors of, and challenges to, local, national and global inequality both today and in the future. This two-day interdisciplinary workshop formed a thoughtful, interdisciplinary investigation of inequality by scholars with a range of insights and expertise, whose work relates to inequality, its drivers and representations. There were a small number of postgraduate students present, based at Oxford and from across a range of disciplines (particularly within the humanities and social sciences), who offered commentary in the roundtable session and in writing after the event. In drawing together this community of scholars, we facilitated a concentrated discussion on inequality, considering how diverse disciplines understand and deal with this phenomenon, so that a more complex set of solutions can emerge. Our hope is that this will stimulate engagement and debate beyond the event, and create channels through which scholars can explore causes, implications and potential solutions.

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Session 6

Sixth session in the Perceptions of Inequality: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, held in Oxford in June 2016. Final discussion amongst the participants. Full list of participants; Participants:Professor Ashwini Deshpande (Economics, University of Delhi)Professor Roger Crisp (Philosophy, University of Oxford)Professor Emeritus Diane Elson (Sociology, University of Essex) Professor Devaki Jain (Economics, University of Delhi) Francesca Rhodes (Gender Policy Advisor, Oxfam) Professor Linda McDowell (Human Geography, University of Oxford) Dr Martin O’Neill (Politics, University of York) Professor Lloyd Pratt (English, University of Oxford) Professor Elleke Boehmer (English, University of Oxford) Dr. Alfred Gathorne-Hardy (Research Director, Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development) Professor Emeritus Anthony Heath (Sociology, University of Oxford)Dr. Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington (Social Psychology, LSE)Dr. Tarunabh Khaitan (Law, University of Oxford)Postgraduate Commentators:Andrew Dean (DPhil candidate in English Literature, University of Oxford)Charlotte Jacob-Maguire (MSc candidate in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology, University of Oxford)Louisa Layne (DPhil candidate in English Literature, University of Oxford)Vanessa Lee (DPhil candidate in Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford)Nikhil Pandhi (MPhil candidate in Archaeology, University of Oxford)Mia Pistorius (DPhil candidate in Musicology, University of Oxford)Anna Sarkissian (DPhil candidate in Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford)Kelly Tse (DPhil candidate in English Literature, University of Oxford)

1hr 25mins

9 Aug 2016

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Session 4

Fourth session in the Perceptions of Inequality: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, held in Oxford in June 2016. Presentations from Professor Emeritus Diane Elson (Sociology, University of Essex), Professor Elleke Boehmer (English, University of Oxford) and Professor Linda McDowell (Human Geography, University of Oxford). Moderated by Professor Roger Crisp (Philosophy, University of Oxford)

1hr 37mins

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Session 3

Third session in the Perceptions of Inequality: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, held in Oxford in June 2016. Presentations by Dr. Alfred Gathorne-Hardy (Research Director, Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development), Professor Ashwini Deshpande (Economics, University of Delhi) and Professor Devaki Jain (Economics, University of Delhi), Professor Emeritus Anthony Heath (Sociology, University of Oxford). Moderated by Professor Emeritus Diane Elson (Sociology, University of Essex).

1hr 24mins

9 Aug 2016

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Session 2

Second session in the Perceptions of Inequality: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, held in Oxford in June 2016. General discussion amongst participants.

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9 Aug 2016

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First session in the Perceptions of Inequality: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, held in Oxford in June 2016. With presentations by Professor Roger Crisp (Philosophy, University of Oxford), Dr Martin O’Neill (Politics, University of York) , Dr. Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington (Social Psychology, LSE). The moderator is Professor Devaki Jain (Economics, University of Delhi).

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