The economic and political structures we live in have long histories of privileging certain kinds of people over others – class, gender, education, ability, ethnicity, sexual rights and skin colour have all played a part in a consistent, if variable, politics of inclusion and exclusion. We live in a time when there is increasing effort to address this history, to be more inclusive, to live with diversity. With such goodwill, why does this remain so difficult? Why are there resistances, silences, denials? What character do these take, and how are they experienced? What does desired ‘change’ really look like? What might be getting in the way of achieving it?
Such questions require that we interrogate the foundational question: what is ‘privilege’? Who has it, who doesn’t? Is it a status or an experience? Is it a label imposed by others, often rejected? Is it a virtue, born of hard work; or a justification of inequity? Is it simply the absence of oppression?
There will be time for Q&A – so come and get involved in one of the most important issues of our times.
This event was held at the University of Sydney on Friday 4 May 2018.
Co-presented with the Social Inclusion Network.
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