Professor Linda Martín Alcoff who joined the Institute for Social Justice (ACU) as a Professorial Fellow this year will be speaking on “The Future of Whiteness” at the North Sydney Campus on Friday, 21 August.
Is racism constitutive of white identity? If we imagine this to be the case, does it eclipse the scope of future transformations of white identity, making any positive transformation literally unimaginable? What are the future possibilities for white identity? This is not just an effort at prediction, as if whiteness is some natural phenomena we can only observe from a distance.
Whiteness is an identity born of both history and current practices, so the question of the future is a question about what we should do now. In this talk I offer a general account of what social identities are and then, what whiteness is now, in order to understand the limits and obstacles to revisioning or refashioning whiteness.
Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Centre, and is a Professorial Fellow in the Institute for Social Justice at ACU. She is the author of Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self; and Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory, as well as numerous articles and edited collections on social identity and race, epistemology and politics, sexual violence, Foucault, Dussel, and Latino issues in philosophy. Her newest book, The Future of Whiteness is out in September, and she is currently completing another book on sexual violence. Professor Alcoff is the recipient of numerous awards and honours for her work, and has served as past president of the American Philosophical Association, editor of the journal Hypatia, and co-director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.