Here are details of the next meeting:
Date: Monday 7 October 2019
Speaker: Ms. Gabriele James (Philosophy, UCT)
Topic: Is veganism racist?
Ms. James has provided the following description of her talk:
Veganism has sustained criticism from the left for being racist. This critique can be wide-ranging, as it is levelled, not only against the way some vegans choose to conduct their activism, but also against the ideology of veganism itself. For example, a senior member of UCT’s Humanities Faculty accused a proposal to exclude animal products from all faculty events and meetings of being a “Trojan horse for racism.” Elsewhere, veganism has been associated with “white privilege,” “cultural imperialism,” and “class elitism.” These claims can be ambiguous, as they do not always make explicit what aspect of veganism they address, and contested terms like racism are taken as self-evident. In this lecture I aim to consider various interpretations of these, and assess to what extent they are accurate.
Time and venue: 8pm in Lecture Theatre 1A, Neville Alexander Building.