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Why Are We Afraid of Being Called Racist?

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How can we have constructive conversations about racism when everyone is so defensive? Are laws enough to tackle racism? And what’s the deal with identity politics? This panel will explore definitions of racism, looking not just at overt examples but also implicit bias and systemic racism, with examples from Australian history.

Featuring

Beverley Wang

Beverley Wang is a journalist, broadcaster and creator of the ABC podcast It’s Not A Race, which has been hailed as a ground-breaking series opening up conversations on race in Australia. She is also the producer and co-host of Stop Everything! on ABC RN, focusing on the politics of pop culture.... Read more

Luke Pearson

Luke Pearson is the founder of Indigenous media organisation IndigenousX. He is an editor, writer, consultant and public speaker.

Helen Ngo

Helen Ngo is Lecturer in Philosophy at Deakin University. She completed her PhD at Stony Brook University (USA), specialising in phenomenology, critical philosophy of race and feminist philosophy. Her research explores the phenomenological and existential dimensions of racism, and the relation... Read more

Oishee Alam

Oishee Alam is a sociologist of race and religion, with a research and teaching focus on racism and anti-racism, Islamophobia, racialisation, nationalism, secularism and whiteness. As a Research Fellow at the Challenging Racism Project at Western Sydney University, she is working to increase underst... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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