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at The Wheeler Centre

Kenan Malik on Identity Politics

‘Contemporary identity politics is less about confronting injustice than about rebranding it,’ Kenan Malik has written.

At the Wheeler Centre in April, the provocative and insightful London-based scholar will outline his ideas on the limitations of our preoccupation with identity. What do we mean by ‘identity politics’ anyway? And how does the debate about identity relate to the wider debates that now dominate politics, on immigration, populism and diversity?

Malik will pull apart the arguments, critiquing claims from both the right and the left. He’ll trace the roots of identity politics – from its nationalist, anti-Enlightenment roots, through the struggles of the civil rights movement to the present day.

After a 20-minute presentation, he’ll talk with Peter Mares and take audience questions. Join him for a conversation about the complicated meaning of justice, liberation and solidarity today.  

Presented in Partnership with the Cranlana Programme.

Dymocks Camberwell will be our bookseller for this event.


Portrait of Kenan Malik

Kenan Malik

Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is a presenter of Analysis on BBC Radio 4, and a panellist on The Moral Maze. He has taught at universities in Britain, Europe, Australia and the USA, presented many TV documentaries and writes regularly for newspapers across the world including the New York Times, the GuardianGöteborgs-Posten and the Australian. His books include The Meaning of RaceMan, Beast and ZombieStrange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate and The Quest for a Moral Compass.

Portrait of Peter Mares

Peter Mares

Peter Mares is lead moderator with The Cranlana Programme, an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to developing the ethical decision-making skills of Australia’s leaders. Peter is also contributing editor at Inside Story magazine and adjunct fellow at Swinburne University’s Centre for Urban Transitions. He is a former ABC broadcaster and the author of three books, including No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s Housing Crisis (Text 2018).


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