KCL is pleased to announce that Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy, @aj_wendland , has been appointed to the inaugural class of Media Fellows at the Marc Sanders Foundation! You can read more about the fellowship and Dr. Wendland’s public work below at kingsphilosophy.com: 

Dr. Aaron James Wendland (@aj_wendland), new Media Fellow at the Marc Sanders Foundation and Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy at King’s College London

King’s College London is pleased to announce that Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy, Dr. Aaron James Wendland, has been appointed to the inaugural class of Media Fellows at the Marc Sanders Foundation. The Marc Sanders Foundation is committed to using philosophy to help the world approach larger personal and social issues with the thoughtfulness, care, and rigor needed to drive understanding and change, and their Media Fellowships are designed to increase the presence of philosophically inspired discourse in the public sphere. As a Media Fellow at the Marc Sanders Foundation, Dr. Wendland will sharpen his podcasting skills and build on his current public work for The New Statesman, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and The Centre for Philosophy and Art.

“The Political Risks of Big Data Dominance” by F. Debrabander in the Agora series edited by KCL’s @aj_wendland in The New Statesman

Check out the latest from the Agora, “The Political Risks of Big Data Dominance” by Firmin DeBrabander who is Professor of Philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art!

“Big Data’s hubristic claim that it understands humanity opens the door to dangerous forms of manipulation and control” –@Firdebrabander on Rationalism, Politics, and Big Data in @aj_wendland‘s Agora series @NewStatesman

“What is romantic friendship?” by Sukaina Hirji & Meena Krishnamurthy in the Agora series edited by KCL’s @aj_wendland in The New Statesman

Check out the latest from the Agora, “What is romantic friendship?” by Sukaina Hirji, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Meena Krishnamurthy, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University: https://www.newstatesman.com/ideas/agora/2021/11/what-is-romantic-friendship

“Deep and lasting connections come in many forms. As we push the boundary beyond traditional romance, we need a new language to talk about love” –@hirjisukaina and @mkrishnamurthyX on Murdoch, Foot, and romantic friendship in @aj_wendland‘s Agora series @NewStatesman

“A virtuous circle: Academic expertise and public philosophy” New article by @aj_wendland now available in Human Affairs!

You can read the article here!: https://t.co/gJcMe4FORm?amp=1

Dr. Aaron Wendland, KCL Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy

Abstract: “A virtuous circle: Academic expertise and public philosophy”

This essay examines the relationship between academic and public philosophy through the lens of Heidegger studies. Specifically, this essay: shows how Heidegger uses technical terminology within the context of the academy to break new philosophical ground; explains how suitably clarified technical terminology can be used to introduce people to Heidegger’s philosophy and to apply Heidegger’s ideas to current affairs; and illustrates how the application of Heidegger’s ideas to contemporary issues results in new forms of academic research. Ultimately, this essay argues that there is a dialectical relationship between academic and public philosophy: i.e., public philosophy translates esoteric ideas developed in the academy into publicly accessible prose and then applies those ideas to daily life; but in doing so, public philosophy inspires new lines of academic inquiry.

Book tickets now for 2 & 3 Nov. première of Dance No 2° by Sivan Rubinstein (King’s Artist in Residence 2019-20)!

Sivan Rubinstein’s Dance No 2°

From Sivan: Over the last two years I have been collaborating with Dr. Sarah Fine in the development of a new dance work, Dance No 2°. This is the culmination of my research exploring migration, our relationship to our environment, and the climate crisis. I have worked with dance and student communities across the world, and with cultural and academic partners including King’s College London.

I am hugely grateful for your support and participation in the early development of this work when I was Artist in Residence at King’s, and I would love to see you at the première on Tuesday 2nd or Wednesday 3 November.

To book a ticket and for more information follow this link. Alternatively, discounted educational group tickets can be booked here.

Many Thanks, 

Sivan Rubinstein

Book Tickets

Dates and Time: 2 & 3 November 2021, 7:30 pm

Venue: The Place (17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY UK)

About Dance No 2°

Led by its cinematic soundtrack, a minimal setting, and danced with raw and sustainable fashion, Dance No 2° refers to the 2° tipping point in the rise of global temperatures and examines how the land we live on and the planet we inhabit shapes us.

Rediscover how human existence is influenced by the water, land, and elements we live with, Dance No 2° is set in an infinite landscape of waves and rolling hills, hypnotic oceans and vivid deserts. 

Dance No 2° will premiere at The Place during the time the UK will host the COP26 UN Conference on Climate Change, offering a danced response to some of the issues the world will be discussing in a very important year for the planet.

Free Post-Show Talk, Tue 2 Nov: Join choreographer Sivan Rubinstein after the show for a discussion about the work, chaired by Christina Elliott, Senior Producer at The Place (approx. 20 mins)

Click HERE to read our interview with Sivan Rubinstein to find out more about the inspiration behind the creation of Dance No 2°.

About Sivan Rubinstein

Sivan Rubinstein is a London-based choreographer whose art uncovers contemporary cultural issues which facilitate creative public conversations. Her work is deeply rooted in collaboration with academics, artists, communities and methods of alternative learning. Sivan is a Work Place artist (2021-26), Artist in Residence at King’s College London (2019-20) and a Co-founder of OH Creative Space. Sivan was chosen as the UK artist for Pivot Dance commissioned by Creative Europe, selected by The Place for Exit Visa, right after she graduated from Trinity Laban with a First-Class Honours in 2013. Her work has been presented at Bloomsbury Festival (Wellcome Collection, London), Being Human Festival (London), Sotheby’s, Sadler’s Wells, Migration Museum, The Place, JW3 (London), Turner Contemporary (Margate), Dance4 & The Attenborough Arts Centre (Midlands), European Dancehouse Network, B.Motion Festival, (Italy), The Dutch Dance Festival (Netherlands) and the 2019 YAP Residency Program in Beijing, China. Sivan also shares her practice in academic conferences, teaches in university settings across the UK and creates new ways of collaborating with multimedia, fashion artists and researchers. Sivan Rubinstein is currently a Work Place artist at The Place.

Follow Sivan Rubinstein on Instagram Twitter

Annual Sowerby Lecture by Prof. Neil Ferguson (Imperial) and 3rd Sowerby Interdisciplinary Workshop on “Policy and Intervention in Crises, Disasters and Emergencies: Covid-19 and Beyond” (1-2 Nov)

The Sowerby Philosophy & Medicine Project is very pleased to announce that its

Annual Sowerby Lecture

will this year be given by Professor Neil Ferguson (Imperial)

Professor Ferguson is a leading epidemiologist and scientific adviser whose modelling and advice significantly influenced the U.K.’s Covid-19 response. He is the director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analysics (J-IDEA) and the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis. 

You can register for the Annual Lecture HERE.

Date and time: Tuesday 2nd November, 18:30-20:00

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt’s House, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London. There will also be an option to attend this event online.

The Annual Sowerby Lecture will conclude the 3rd Sowerby Interdisciplinary Workshop on “Policy and intervention in crises, disasters and emergencies: Covid-19 and beyond.”

Date and time: Monday 1st – Tuesday 2nd November, 09:30-17:00.

Venue: Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London. This event will take place both in-person and online, with the talks live-streamed. A link for the online event will be shared with registered attendees in advance.

You can register for the Sowerby Interdisciplinary Workshop HERE.


Monday 1st November: 

9:30-10:00 Breakfast and coffee 

10:00-10:15 Welcome and introduction by Sowerby Chair Professor Elselijn Kingma (KCL)

10:15-11:30 Dr. Katherine Furman (Liverpool)

11:30-11:50 Coffee break 

11:50-13:05 Dr. Robert Northcott (Birkbeck)

13:05-14:05 Lunch 

14:05-15:20 Johann Go (Oxford): “Remedial Responsibilities and Interventions for Global Health Emergencies: Who Should Act?” 

15:20-15:40 Tea break 

15:40-16:55 Professor Trish Greenhalgh (Oxford)

Drinks and workshop dinner. 

Tuesday 2nd November: 

9:30-10:00 Breakfast and coffee 

10:00-10:15 Welcome and introduction by Professor Elselijn Kingma (KCL)

10:15-11:30 Dr. Sridhar Venkatapuram (KCL)

11:30-11:50 Break 

11:50-13:05 Dr. Stephen John (Cambridge)

13:05-14:05 Lunch 

14:05-15:20 Professor Ashley Kennedy (Florida Atlantic University): “Science, Truth and Democracy”

15:20-15:40 Tea break 

15:40-16:55 Professor Quassim Cassim (Warwick)

“Law, Medical Power, and Minorities” by Prof. Craig Konnoth (UVA) on Oct. 22 – Joint Colloquium by the YTL Centre and the Sowerby Philosophy & Medicine Project

The Sowerby Philosophy & Medicine Project and the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law are very pleased to announce our jointly organised colloquium:

“Law, Medical Power, and Minorities”
SpeakerProfessor Craig Konnoth (UVA)

Date and Time: 5-6:30 pm BST on Friday the 22nd of October, 2021
VenueThe Council Room, Strand Campus, King’s College London WC2R 2LS. This event will also be livestreamed (zoom link to be sent to registered ticketholders) and recorded.
Registration: You are warmly invited to register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/law-medical-power-and-minorities-prof-craig-konnoth-uva-tickets-169524986799

The state frequently uses medical discourse to impose unequal burdens on socially vulnerable groups. Recent examples that scholars exhaustively have documented include the targeting of Asian-Americans in the early days of COVID-19, the relative disregard of the pandemic’s harm on black and Latino communities, the active discrimination towards the reproductive health needs of women, the continued ban on blood donation by men who have sex with men, and the tendency to pressure people living with disabilities into treatment. While focusing on specific groups and incidents, however, the scholarship does not explore the deeper structural links of law and medicine that link the narratives of these groups together. 

This Article builds towards such a framework, by first situating law’s relationship with medical power. Actors seeking to produce legal change frequently invoke medical concepts, symbols, and language in multiple areas of law. Medical frameworks help exert epistemological power, that is, the ability to know when and whether an individual is “really” sick, and what that sickness entails. From epistemological power springs social power—the ability to distribute resources, engage in surveillance and control, and to excise abnormal groups or practices. Legal actors and institutions use these features of medical discourse to ignore evidence regarding minority medical experience—black people’s experience with pain, for example, create diagnostic categories that undermine and denormalize minority identity, deny access to resources that turn on medical diagnoses, and subject minorities to control and exclusion. Such practices map on to widely theorized frameworks of oppression. 

A structural understanding of how law uses medicine to oppress invites structural solutions. Scholarship in this space often offer one-off solutions that do not always address the structural roots of the harm involved. A program that builds on the framework I offer above would give greater voice to minorities, not just to voice the reality of their experience, but also to shape the diagnostic categories that affect them. It would shift resources towards reshaping social reality rather than physiology, as the disability rights movement has long recommended. And it would ally with medical justice movement to transform medicine into a space that can recognize, support, and protect our common vulnerability. 

About the Speaker
Professor Craig Konnoth writes in health and civil rights, as well as on health data regulation. He is also active in LGBT rights litigation, and has filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Tenth Circuit on LGBT rights issues. His publications have appeared or will appear in the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the online companions to the Penn law review and the Washington & Lee Law Review, and as chapters in edited volumes

Konnoth formerly was an associate professor at the University of Colorado, where he ran the Health Law Certificate Program. Prior to Colorado, he was a Sharswood and Rudin Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and New York University Medical School, where he taught health information law, health law, and LGBT health law and bioethics.

Konnoth has also served as a deputy solicitor general with the California Department of Justice, where his docket primarily involved cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and also before the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His cases involved the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act, sexual orientation change efforts, Facebook privacy policies and cellphone searches. Before moving into government, Konnoth was the R. Scott Hitt Fellow in Law and Policy at the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School, where he focused on issues affecting same-sex partners, long-term care and Medicaid coverage issues, and drafted HIV rights legislation. He clerked for Judge Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Why nation states struggle with social care?” by Alison Gopnik (Berkeley) in the Agora series edited by KCL’s @aj_wendland in The New Statesman

We in the King’s Philosophy Department are so very pleased to be joined by Dr. Aaron James Wendland (@aj_wendland), Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy at King’s, as well as Senior Research Fellow at Massey College, Toronto! Dr. Wendland launched and runs a philosophy column in The New Statesman called Agora, a space for academics to address contemporary social, political and cultural issues from a philosophical point of view.

Check out the latest from the Agora, “Why nation states struggle with social care” by Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley: https://www.newstatesman.com/ideas/agora/2021/10/why-nation-states-struggle-with-social-care

“Love and care are at the heart of our moral commitments, but they do not fit neatly into the social contract model of political community” –@AlisonGopnik on the ethics and politics of caregiving in my Agora series @NewStatesman

Tour Dates – “We Like to Move It, Move It (Just Another Immigration Variety Show)”

Created by playwright Amy Ng and Olivier-award winning Director Donnacadh O’Briain in collaboration with our very own Dr Sarah Fine, and supported by Arts Council England and King’s College London. We are very excited to announce tour dates for “We Like to Move It, Move It: Just Another Immigration Variety Show”! For more info and to book tickets, please visit Ice&Fire’s website: https://iceandfire.co.uk/project/wltmimi/

More about the show!

How do you solve a problem like immigration? Karaoke, moral philosophy and immigration controls come together in an all-immigrant variety show, serving up jokes, songs and plenty to chew over. There’s something for everyone! (But should there be?)

What is behind our collective acceptance of immigration control? What does it say about us and what do those who have come to the UK from somewhere else want to say about it? ice&fire theatre and Matthew Schmolle productions in collaboration with the Philosophy Department at King’s College London invite you to join the (very jolly) conversation. 

Co-produced with Matthew Schmolle Productions

Written by Amy Ng and Donnacadh O’Briain

Produced by ice&fire theatre and Matthew Schmolle Productions

The Company – Jahmila Heath, Tomoko Komura, Gaël Le Cornec and Sergio Maggiolo

Director – Donnacadh O’Briain

Set and Costume Designer – Elizabeth Rose

Sound Designer – Tingying Dong

Stage Manager – Kayleigh Atkinson

A special event this Thursday…

The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law
The London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare and the Sowerby Philosophy & Medicine Project are very pleased to announce our jointly organized Special Legal-Themed Panel Discussion on Stereotyping & Medical AI, which will form the 5th instalment of the Philosophy & Medicine Project’s Stereotyping & Medical AI online summer colloquium series!

UPDATE: We are delighted to announce that chairing our talk will be Robin Carpenter, who is the Senior Research Data Governance Manager at the London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare!

Special Legal-Themed Panel Discussion on Stereotyping and Medical AI

Jointly Organized by the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law, The London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare & the Philosophy & Medicine Project


Dr. Jonathan Gingerich (KCL)

Lecturer in the Philosophy of Law at theYeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law

Dr. Reuben Binns (Oxford)

Associate Professor of Human Centred Computing

Prof. Georgi Gardiner (Tennessee)

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Prof. David Papineau (KCL)

Professor of Philosophy of Science


Robin Carpenter (The London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare)

Senior Research Data Governance Manager

When: Thursday 29th of July, 5pm BST

REGISTER and find out more about the event here

Understanding “statistical stereotyping” as forming beliefs about individuals on the basis of statistical generalizations about the groups to which the individuals belong, can it be legally problematic to statistically stereotype patients in medicine, either when these beliefs are formed by medical AI/artificial agents or by medical professionals? In this Special Legal-Themed Panel Discussion, we’ll hear from relevant experts in law, computer science, and philosophy on this and related questions around the legal aspects of stereotyping in medicine, by both human and artificial agents. 

* For those unable to attend these colloquia, please feel free to register for our events in order to be notified once recordings of previous colloquia become available! You can also subscribe to the Philosophy & Medicine Project’s newsletter here, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Follow the YTL Centre at King’s on Twitter here and the London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare here. Previous colloquia will also be posted to the Philosophy & Medicine Project’s YouTube channel.

About the Stereotyping and Medical AI Summer Colloquium Series

The aim of this fortnightly colloquium series on Stereotyping and Medical AI is to explore philosophical and in particular ethical and epistemological issues around stereotyping in medicine, with a specific focus on the use of artificial intelligence in health contexts. We are particularly interested in whether medical AI that uses statistical data to generate predictions about individual patients can be said to “stereotype” patients, and whether we should draw the same ethical and epistemic conclusions about stereotyping by artificial agents as we do about stereotyping by human agents, i.e., medical professionals.  

Other questions we are interested in exploring as part of this series include but are not limited to the following: 

  • How should we understand “stereotyping” in medical contexts? 
  • What is the relationship between stereotyping and bias, including algorithmic bias (and how should we understand “bias” in different contexts?)? 
  • Why does stereotyping in medicine often seem less morally or epistemically problematic than stereotyping in other domains, such as in legal, criminal, financial, educational, etc., domains? Might beliefs about biological racial realism in the medical context explain this asymmetry? 
  • When and why might it be wrong for medical professionals to stereotype their patients? And when and why might it be wrong for medical AI, i.e. artificial agents, to stereotype patients? 
  • How do (medical) AI beliefs relate to the beliefs of human agents, particularly with respect to agents’ moral responsibility for their beliefs? 
  • Can non-evidential or non-truth-related considerations be relevant with respect to what beliefs medical professionals or medical AI ought to hold? Is there moral or pragmatic encroachment on AI beliefs or on the beliefs of medical professionals? 
  • What are potential consequences of either patients or doctors being stereotyped by doctors or by medical AI in medicine? Can, for example, patients be doxastically wronged by doctors or AI in virtue of being stereotyped by them? 

We will be tackling these topics through a series of online colloquia hosted by the Sowerby Philosophy and Medicine Project at King’s College London. The colloquium series will feature a variety contributors from across the disciplinary spectrum. We hope to ensure a discursive format with time set aside for discussion and Q&A by the audience. This event is open to the public and all are very welcome.

Our working line-up for the remainder of this summer series is as follows, with a few additional speakers and details to be confirmed:

June 17            Professor Erin Beeghly (Utah), “Stereotyping and Prejudice: The Problem of Statistical Stereotyping” 

July 1               Dr. Kathleen Creel, (HAI, EIS, Stanford) “Let’s Ask the Patient: Stereotypes, Personalization, and Risk in Medical AI” (recording linked)

July 15             Dr. Annette Zimmermann (York, Harvard), “ “Structural Injustice, Doxastic Negligence, and Medical AI” 

July 22             Dr. William McNeill (Southampton), “Neural Networks and Explanatory Opacity” (recording linked)

July 29             Special Legal-Themed Panel Discussion: Dr. Jonathan Gingerich (KCL), Dr. Reuben Binns (Oxford), Prof. Georgi Gardiner (Tennessee), Prof. David Papineau (KCL), Chair: Robin Carpenter (The London Medical Imaging & AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare) (link to register)

August 12        Professor Zoë Johnson King (USC) & Professor Boris Babic (Toronto), “Algorithmic Fairness and Resentment”

August 26        Speakers TBC

September 2    Dr. Geoff Keeling (HAI, LCFI, Google)

September 9    Professor Rima Basu (Claremont McKenna)   

All best wishes, and we very much hope you can join us! 

The Organizers (Dr. Jonathan Gingerich, Robin Carpenter, Professor Elselijn Kingma, Dr. Winnie Ma, and Eveliina Ilola)