INAUGURAL LECTURE: PROFESSOR MEENA DHANDA
Socially Engaged Philosophy: Facing Prejudice, Privilege and Hierarchy - An Inaugural Lecture by Professor Meena Dhanda will take place in the Chancellor's Hall, City Campus at 6.00 pm until 7.30 pm on Wednesday 19th February 2020.
Meena Dhanda is a Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Politics in the School of Humanities. Her research focus is on understanding injustices, prejudices and misrepresentations suffered by powerless groups, which she pursues through transdisciplinary studies, specifically connecting caste, class, gender and race. Her work includes: The Negotiation of Personal Identity and Reservations for Women, besides papers in international journals, book chapters and reference works. She holds a doctorate from Oxford University, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and a Rhodes Junior Research Fellow.
This inaugural lecture will look at Philosophy taken as the activity of clarification, elaboration or invention of concepts which takes place in the context of problem solving. To intervene in the ‘real’ world of people we must articulate what it means to face prejudice and to build solidarities of resistance. The problem is entrenched hypocrisy: deep-seated prejudices are passed over as benign matters of identity and cultural practices attuned to existing hierarchies continually renew privileges and prejudices. Can engaged philosophical thinking make a difference to this recurring social malady? What is the hope that philosophy can offer?
Refreshments will be served from 5.00 pm.
Lecture at 6.00 pm followed by Q&A.
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