In this talk, Professor Appiah will begin by discussing the general idea of social identity—race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, and the like—and develop a general picture of why, though they are enormously diverse, they do have some important things in common. He will move on to explore some of the problems associated with class and the idea of meritocracy, and with ethnic identity and the challenges of tribalism.
He will commend a way of dealing with some of these challenges by way of what he calls cosmopolitan conversation.
He says: “I want to counter a powerful strand of opposition to this ideal of global citizenship, from left and right today, returning, at the end to defending the openness to others that has defined a cosmopolitan tradition for millennia.”
The series is co-produced by Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Education Programme, Aga Khan Museum and Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.
The event is online. Book here.