The Epistemic Reparations Global Working Group aims to create a more holistic, survivor- and victim-centered framework for understanding reparations that includes the recognition of the “right to be known” for those who have experienced gross human rights violations.
About the Project
There is growing recognition around the world that existing tools to address gross violations of human rights have not achieved meaningful justice for survivors and victims who seek epistemic reparations, which include the critical right to tell one’s story and be heard. This group aims to create a framework for understanding reparations through interdisciplinary research and policy change that recognize the “right to be known.” This critical but previously underappreciated right can be fulfilled through the facilitation of opportunities for survivors and victims to testify and document their own stories to a wider public. Learn more in our Buffett Brief on Epistemic Reparation, or explore more Global Working Groups' research in our collection of Buffett Briefs >>
Jennifer LackeyPhilosophy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Sheila BediClinical Law, Pritzker School of Law
Annalise ButhClinical Law, Pritzker School of Law
Rives CollinsTheatre, School of Communication
Sarah CushmanDirector, Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University
Brent HuffmanJournalism, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
Faith Summersett WilliamsPediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine
Deborah TuerkheimerLaw, Pritzker School of Law
Cameron BoultAssociate Professor of Philosophy, Brandon University
Tymofii BrikRector, Kyiv School of Economics
Raff DonelsonAssociate Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Yukari KaneCo-founder, the Prison Journalism Project
Head of Indigenous Ways and Equity, Winnipeg Art Gallery - Qaumajuq
Veli MitovaProfessor of Philosophy and Director of the African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, University of Johannesburg
Mongane SeroteFormer African National Congress member, former poet laureate and writer
Robin Rue SimmonsFounder and Executive Director, First Repair
Latest Work and Developments
Epistemic Blame and Epistemic Reparations
September 15–16, 2023 at the Qaumajuq Musuem and University of ManitobaThis workshop will bring together philosophers, Indigenous activists and artists to explore the intersection of epistemic reparations and epistemic blame. The workshop will be accompanied by a free public lecture by Senator Mary Jane McCallum and will be followed by a free Community Led Tour of Qaumajuq, the world's largest public collection of Inuit art. Epistemic Reparations group member Julia Lafreniere is Head of Indigenous Ways and Equity at Qaumajuq. This event is co-organized by the Department of Philosophy at Brandon University and the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba.
Conversations with the Apartheid Past
May 6–10, 2024 at various locations in Johannesburg and Durban, South AfricaThis five-day series of events will organize conversations with Apartheid activists, descendants and artists through a workshop, working groups, interviews and poetry readings. This series is organized by the African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (ACEPS) at the University of Johannesburg. Epistemic Reparations group member Veli Mitova is the director of ACEPS.
Epistemic Reparations: Decolonizing Recognition in Canada
September 10–12, 2024 at the Canadian Museum for Human RightsIn partnership with Centre for Human Rights Research and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, this international event will bring together Indigenous leaders, elders and scholars as well as commissioners from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), including Murray Sinclair, to examine future directions of the role for recognition in a Canadian context. Curators of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be invited to participate in the workshop, and it will incorporate themes that emerge in a temporary interactive exhibit at the Museum. This event is co-organized by the Department of Philosophy at Brandon University, where Epistemic Reparations group member Cameron Boult serves as Associate Professor of Philosophy, and the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba.