Decolonising Truth? Free Speech and the Decolonial Project
Decolonising Truth? Free Speech and the Decolonial Project Dec 01

Decolonising Truth? Free Speech and the Decolonial Project

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An Evening Dialogue at the Royal Society of Edinburgh with Professor Nigel Biggar and Professor Tommy Curry

Join us at the Royal Society of Edinburgh for an evening with Professor Nigel Biggar (University of Oxford) and Professor Tommy Curry (University of Edinburgh), as we consider the topics of colonialism and free speech. What is the scope of free speech in academia in the context of the decolonial project?

Disagreements may abound as Professors Biggar and Curry approach this topic from different ideological positions; however, both have a shared interest in free speech in academic inquiry – encouraging a rigorous evidence-based historiography and sociology in reflecting upon issues like colonial history and its ongoing impact today.

In recent years, both Professors Biggar and Curry experienced what could be described as a form of “cancel culture,” not limited to either conservative or liberal partisanship. It is our hope that these diverse perspectives and experiences, with a shared interest in academic rigor, will provide and insightful and productive dialogue that highlights what may be unexpected common ground.

Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Time: 19:00 - 20:30 (Doors open at 18:45)

About the Speakers:

Professor Nigel Biggar is the Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology and the Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics Public Life at the University of Oxford. After reading Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford, Nigel Biggar proceeded to study religion, theology, and ethics in Canada and the USA. On his return to Oxford in 1985 he became Librarian and Research Fellow at Latimer House, and then for most of the 1990s he was Chaplain and Fellow of Oriel College. In 1999 he took the Chair of Theology at the University of Leeds; and in 2004 he moved to the Chair of Theology and Ethics at Trinity College Dublin. He arrived in Christ Church Oxford in the autumn of 2007.

His research interests include the ethics of empire and nationalism; ethics and rights; ‘just war’ reasoning; the principle of double effect and the ethics of killing; the concept of proportionality; the moral vocation of universities; and the relationship between (Christian) religious concepts and moral life.

Professor Tommy Curry is the Professor of Africana Philosophy and `Black Male Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Tommy J. Curry joined the Philosophy Department at the University of Edinburgh in the Fall of 2019. His research interests are in Africana Philosophy and the Black Radical Tradition. His areas of specialization are: 19th century ethnology, Critical Race Theory, Social Political Theory, and Black Male Studies. He is the author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood (Temple University Press 2017), which won the 2018 American Book Award. He is the author of Another white Man’s Burden: Josiah Royce’s Quest for a Philosophy of Racial Empire (SUNY Press 2018), and has re-published the forgotten philosophical works of William Ferris as The Philosophical Treatise of William H. Ferris: Selected Readings from The African Abroad or, His Evolution in Western Civilization (Rowman Littlefield 2016). He is also the editor of the first book series dedicated to the study of Black males entitled Black Male Studies: A Series Exploring the Paradoxes of Racially Subjugated Males on Temple University Press. Dr. Curry is currently co-editing (with Daw-nay Evans) the forthcoming anthology Contemporary African American Philosophy: Where Do We Go from Here on Bloomsbury Publishing (2019).

His research has been recognized by Diverse as placing him among the Top 15 Emerging Scholars in the United States in 2018, and his public intellectual work earned him the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy’s Alain Locke Award in 2017. He is a past recipient of the USC Shoah Foundation and A.I. and Manet Schepps Foundation Teaching Fellowship (2017), and the past president of Philosophy Born of Struggle, one of the oldest Black philosophy organizations in the United States.

01-Dec-2021 - 19:00 Start date
01-Dec-2021 - 20:30 End date
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