How do language and power intersect?
Language is powerful, and often political. With ‘free speech’ debates dominating the so-called culture wars, and hate speech finding new outlets online, we must consider the impact of how words are used, and understand how language both binds and frees us. How does language act as a frame of reference for what we treat as important? What does this mean for who gets to speak freely, and which perspectives are privileged over others? How do we perceive things like gender differently depending on the words we use?
Writer and activist Kübra Gümuşay looks across languages and cultures to explore how our words influence – and are influenced by – our politics, our perceptions, and our values. Only by understanding the role of language in shaping our truth, she says, can we uncover the humility to engage with a multiplicity of perspectives – and truly hear one another.
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For those wishing to gather with friends or colleagues to watch in-person, this event will be live-streamed on The Steps in The Coffee House on the day of the event from 13:00.