Gaslighting and Epistemic Injustice

Conference at

Claremont McKenna College

Sept. 21-23, 2017

Gaslighting and Epistemic Injustice

Conference at

Claremont McKenna College, September 21-23, 2017


Keynote Speakers

Kate Manne, Cornell University

Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr., Miami University


Program Speakers

Kate Abramson, Indiana University

Alison Bailey, Illinois State University

Rima Basu, University of Southern California

Nora Berenstain, University of Tennesseee, Knoxville

Edward S. Hinchman, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Rachel McKinnon, College of Charleston

Elena Ruíz, Michigan State University

Cynthia Stark, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Utah

Olufemi Taiwo, University of California, Los Angeles

Christine Wieseler, University of Texas Health, McGovern Center


Over the past 10 years, following the publication of Miranda Fricker’s groundbreaking book, Epistemic Injustice: Power & the Ethics of Knowing, philosophers have begun increasingly to attend to issues of epistemic injustice, a phenomenon that occurs when individuals are wronged in their capacity as knowers.

Epistemic injustice often arises in cases involving differing positions of social privilege, where prejudice and power combine to undermine an individual’s own testimony.

In this conference, we aim to focus specifically on distinctive forms of epistemic injustice produced through lying, misinformation, manipulation, and deceit. A paradigm example is the phenomenon known as “gaslighting.” In the 1944 film Gas Light, Gregory Anton slowly and cruelly manipulates his wife Paula into thinking that she is going insane.

Having deliberately caused the lights in their home to dim, Gregory insists that Paula must be imagining it whenever the subject is raised. This depiction of Paula’s plight – made especially poignant by a brilliant performance from Ingrid Bergman – has given rise to the term “gaslighting,” used to refer to one individual or individuals causing another to question their own perceptions, beliefs, and memories through a series of manipulations, deceptions, and lies.

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All sessions in Kravis LC62 unless otherwise noted. Abstracts are available here: Abstracts

Thursday, September 21

2:30     Opening remarks

2:45     Cynthia Stark: "Gaslighting in Philosophy"

4:00     Break

4:15     Edward S. Hinchman: “'At Last I Can Tell This to Someone': How Gaslighting Disables Its Victim’s Judgment"

5:30     Reception and Dinner [for conference speakers and invited guests, at CMC Athenaeum]

6:45     Keynote Address, Kate Manne:  "Don’t Even Go There: How Misogyny Turns On Gaslighting" [at CMC Athenaeum]


Friday, September 22

9:00      Alison Bailey: "On Anger, Silence, and Epistemic Injustice"

10:15     Coffee Break

10:45     Rachel McKinnon: "Gaslighting as Epistemic Violence: ‘Allies,’ Fucking Quit It"

12:00     Lunch break [lunch provided for conference speakers, invited guests, and paid registrants]

1:30      Olufemi Taiwo: "Is Development Aid Gaslighting?"

2:45      Break

3:00      Christine Wieseler: "Wrongful Requests and Strategic Refusals to Understand: Implications for Discussions                                of Disabled People within Biomedical Ethics"

4:15      Coffee Break

4:45      Keynote Address, Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr.: "Gaslighting, Echoing, and Gathering; or Why Collective Epistemic                                                   Resistance is not a 'Witch Hunt'"

7:00      Dinner [for conference speakers and invited guests, Walter’s Restaurant]


Saturday, September 23

9:00     Elena Ruíz:  "Structural Gaslighting: Continental Epistemology, Decolonial Epistemology                                         and Producing More Plural Analyses of Epistemic Harms"

10:15     Coffee Break

10:45     Nora Berenstain:  "Whitewashing as Gaslighting in Feminist Epistemology"

12:00     Lunch break [lunch provided for conference speakers, invited guests, and paid registrants]

1:30      Rima Basu: "What We Epistemically Owe to Others"

2:45     Break

3:00     Kate Abramson: "Learning About Trust from Gaslighting"


**ETA: Please note that the option to buy lunch has been closed, as of Monday 19th.**

Registration, including the option to buy lunches on Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd, is available here:

There is no registration fee, and registration is not required to attend part or all of the conference. For further questions regarding registration, please email

Map and Parking

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Access and Childcare

We strive to be a fully accessible and inclusive conference. A FAQ page will appear here in due course. Please feel free to contact the organizers (via if you have any questions about accessibility at the Gaslighting and Epistemic Injustice Conference. 

Children are welcome and we will help to organize childcare. 

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