Dr. Elisa Piras

Postdoc Researcher in Political Philosophy, Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies, Pisa (Italy)

26 September to 23 December 2021

In cooperation with Prof. Rainer Forst

Funded by DAAD Forschungsaufenthalte für Hochschullehrer und Wissenschaftler

Elisa Piras is Post-doctoral Fellow in Political Philosophy at DIRPOLIS Institute, Sant’Anna School for Advanced Studies (Pisa). She is didactic coordinator of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management. Her research interests focus on contemporary political liberalism and its international implications, theories of public opinion, history of political thought, security and gender.

Project title:
The Crumbling Public. Analysing power dynamics within the public sphere

Research abstract:
The project aims at producing a sound theoretical study to investigate how pathologies of information and epistemic injustices have caused a blackout of the public sphere within contemporary democratic societies, making the formation of public opinion less predictable and ‘disconnecting’ the public from governments as well as from the information system, hampering the accountability and justificatory mechanisms that have been conceptualised by influential contemporary authors such as Rawls and Habermas. The argumentation will rely on insights presented by authors who have worked on public opinion at the beginning of the 20th century and it will present and discuss the main contemporary philosophical-political views on the pathological processes produced by power asymmetries and their effects on the public sphere – disinformation and epistemic injustices – in order to challenge/criticize the liberal accounts of the public sphere as a stability factor for a (just and stable) democratic political system based on dialogue and deliberation.

Publications:
- “Se l’è andata a cercare! Violenza di genere, colpevolizzazione della vittima e ingiustizia epistemica”, Ragion Pratica, 1, 2021, pp. 251-272.
- “Inequality in the Public Sphere: Epistemic Injustice, Discrimination and Violence”, in Democracy and Fake News: Information Manipulation and Post-Truth Politics, edited by Serena Giusti and Elisa Piras, London: Routledge, Chapter 2, pp. 30-39.
- “Migration and Theories of Justice: a Critical Reappraisal”, Soft Power. Revista euroamericana de teoría e historia de la política y del derecho, vol. 6, no. 1 (2019), pp. 337-361.

Events:
23 November 2021
Post-pandemic Frontiers of Global Justice
Lecture at the Colloquium Political Theory
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