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

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. Today 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.


Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of our most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.


Portrait of Ali Alizadeh

Ali Alizadeh

Ali Alizadeh is a writer and academic, based in Melbourne. 

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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