Identity, Experience, and Critique

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular


One of the central insights from the history of identity politics is that the experience of oppression(s) can provide one with a critical standpoint on existing practices that bring about or maintain this oppression. In his recent work Elite Capture. How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (and Everything Else), the philosopher Olúfẹmi O. Táíwò argues that a certain contemporary (mis)interpretation of the role of identity in politics is fraught and can lead to what he calls “elite capture.” Táíwò at the same time appreciates the identity politics developed by The Combahee River Collective, a group of Black feminist activists, which emphasized the role of their situated experience for political action. In my talk I will discuss a number of ways in which we can understand the role of identity and experience in challenging and changing practices of injustice.
Period24 Sept 2022
Event titleALL too HUMAN festival: Een viering van diversiteit binnen en buiten de wereld van filosofie
Event typeOther
LocationTilburg, NetherlandsShow on map