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Lunchbox/Soapbox: Ali Alizadeh: Beyond Culture and Identity: the Case for a New Universality

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Have our preoccupations with cultural identity made societies more progressive and just, or have they strengthened the fetishistic ideology of hegemonic, late capitalism?

Ali Alizadeh’s recent works have been concerned with the desire and possibility for a renewed universalism, a cross-cultural, cross-national consciousness in the face of the horrors of global capitalism. In his Lunchbox/Soapbox talk, he argues that the time has come for us to think critically about the cherished ideals of cultural, religious, national and ethnic identity and diversity; to reconsider universality.

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