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Kenan Malik on Identity Politics
Vanessa Pigrum and Kenan Malik
‘Contemporary identity politics is less about confronting injustice than about rebranding it,’ Kenan Malik has written.
In this episode, the provocative and insightful London-based scholar outlines 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 looks at the arguments, critiquing claims from right and left, tracing the roots of identity politics – from its nationalist, anti-Enlightenment roots, through the struggles of the civil rights movement to the present day.
After presenting his own arguments, he discusses them with Vanessa Pigrum and takes audience questions. Join him for a conversation about the complicated meaning of justice, liberation and solidarity today.
Beyond Your Command: Youth Activism Today
On the streets, on the airwaves and online – a new generation of young Australian activists are speaking up and demanding action on climate change, Indigenous self-determination, queer rights and more.
In this conversation, we'll hear from leading young Australian voices across intersecting political movements. They’ll discuss the tide of youth activism sweeping many parts of the globe, and the…
Acting Out: Art that Changes the World
‘We don’t have to accept our world as it is, the ways we’re told we should navigate it,’ Steve Lambert has argued. ‘The democratic ideal [is] that we’re not subject to culture: we can create it.’
The guerrilla artist and founder of the New York-based Center for Artistic Activism makes work that is funny, meaningful, accessible and often radical –…
The Power of Hope with Kon Karapanagiotidis
In The Power of Hope, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre founder Kon Karapanagiotidis describes how he prevailed over a childhood of racism, bullying and isolation – and went on to create one of Australia’s largest and most influential human rights organisations. ‘Hope is only exhausted if we forsake ourselves,’ he writes. ‘It is both our sanctuary and our destiny to…
Come Together: Rethinking Art and Citizenship
What role can art play in transforming democracies? How can theatre and performance act as a vehicle to test drive new realities? And what happens when children are not students – but researchers and collaborators?
Sibylle Peters is the founder of Fundus Theatre in Germany, where children, artists, researchers and citizens of all ages meet to explore and change the…
Raimond Gaita and Katerina Gaita: A Climate of Change
How might a philosopher frame the problem of climate change? What can philosophers learn from environmentalists and vice versa?
In this conversation, we’ll bring together a prominent philosopher and a prominent climate-change activist who just happen to be from the same family: Raimond and Katerina Gaita. Raimond is the author of many books including Romulus, My Father and is a…
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