Shifting sands: An Existential Lens on Intersectionality Throughout Life- Online conference 4th November

  • Friday 11th August 2023

About The Conference

This conference aims to delve deeper into the intersectionality discourse by exploring it through the existential lens. Existential philosophy holds a unique perspective that emphasizes the subjective experience of human existence, wrestles with questions of meaning, authenticity, freedom, and responsibility. By examining intersectionality through an existential lens, we seek to shed light on how the convergence of identities influences individual's perceptions of themselves, their relationships with others, and their place in the world and how these change over time. We are hoping to engage in profound discussions on the intricate connection between intersectionality and the existential dimensions of human existence.

Intersectionality, a concept introduced by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, recognizes that individuals are not defined solely by a single aspect of their identity but are shaped by the convergence of various social categories such as race, gender, class, sexuality, and more. This framework acknowledges the complex interplay between these identities and the ways in which they interact, impacting an individual's experiences, opportunities, and challenges.

Throughout this conference, we will bring together scholars, researchers, activists, and practitioners from diverse fields and backgrounds to engage in critical conversations. Our panellists and keynote speakers will share their expertise, providing insightful perspectives on the impact of intersectionality on different stages of life, from childhood and adolescence to adulthood and old age.

Together, we will explore the ways in which intersectionality interrelates with existential themes such as identity formation, selfhood, authenticity, freedom of choice, social justice, and ethical responsibility. Through thought-provoking presentations, interactive workshops, and engaging discussions, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of individuals at the intersections of multiple identities.

We hope that this conference will serve as a catalyst for generating innovative ideas, fostering collaborations, and inspiring action towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society. By illuminating the existential dimensions of intersectionality, we aim to challenge existing paradigms, raise awareness, and empower individuals to navigate the complexities of identity in an ever-changing world.

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