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The Royal Institute of Philosophy debate

23 November, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This year’s debate will address the motion, ‘In 2017 cultural appropriation is an inappropriate method for writers?’. The debate includes Being Human festival director Sarah Churchwell, distinguished playwright, author and critic and Chancellor of Kingston University Bonnie Greer, and professor of philosophy James Young. The debate will be chaired by Melvyn Bragg.

Topic: In recent years writers and critics have become more aware of the extent to which literature has involved authors from one culture or ethnicity using themes and scenarios from cultures other than their own. This is seen by some as illegitimate, involving as it does a sense that people from one cultural background are entitled to represent other cultures and backgrounds without actually belonging to them. At a time where people are generally more aware of sensitivities arising from cultural differences, and the extent to which racist assumptions are seen to lie beneath the surface of much of modern life, we need to ask the extent to which cultural appropriation in works of literature is desirable or appropriate.

For event information, please contact James Garvey at j.garvey@royalinstitutephilosophy.org.


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23 November, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Beveridge Hall
Senate House, Malet Street
London, London WC1E 7HU United Kingdom
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