Philosophy Colloquium Series: The Politics of Shame and the Stories We Tell
This Event Occurred in the Past.
Philosophy Colloquium Series:
The Politics of Shame and the Stories We Tell: Narratives of Loss and Hope from Sophocles and Plato to Slut Walks and #MeToo
Speaker: Jillian Locke from Gustavus Adolphus College
Talk about shame and shamelessness permeates contemporary politics as citizens and politicians grasp for ways to describe what ails this particular time. In this talk, Jill Locke identifies two dominant styles of “shame talk” in politics – the “lament that shame is dead,” which imagines a past time and place in which shame easily regulated collective life – and the “shaming fantasy,” which hopes that public shamings will trigger moral awakenings in their targets. As tempting as these approaches may be, she argues there is scant evidence that shame has historically done this regulative work or that shaming is an effective political strategy for changing hearts and minds.
This event is free and open to the public.