Chris Brown performing in 2022.
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How fans attending Chris Brown’s sold out UK tour are referencing race in their arguments against the singer’s ‘cancellation’.
From left: Kateryna Babkina, Maria Tumarkin and Olesya Khromeychuk.
Three Ukranian authors, including Maria Tumarkin – who’s made a powerful statement – have withdrawn from Adelaide Writers Week after harsh criticism of the Ukranian president by a participating author.
Outside of teaching and writing, Samuel Steward took up tattooing.
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The ability of professors to freely teach and write about controversial topics without fear of retribution is nothing new.
Pictured, left to right: Mohammed El-Kurd, Louise Adler and Susan Abulhawa.
Calls have erupted to cancel two writers from Adelaide Writers’ Week – including from South Australia’s Opposition leader. Why? And are they justified? Denis Muller weighs the evidence.
Scold’s bridle, a torture device used to prevent women speaking.
Defenders of free speech are often the same people who seek to silence those they do not happen to agree with.
French Education and Youth Minister Pap Ndiaye speaks during a press conference following a weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris on June 14, 2022.
Considered a pioneer of “Black Studies à la française”, Ndiaye’s appointment comes at a time when issues in race and gender have divided the French political class and public opinion.
A faded photograph is attached to the headstone that marks the gravesite of Emmett Till in Chicago.
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Many Black audiences are justifiably weary of works about their community told from white perspectives. But authorship isn’t always black and white.
Russia sees itself as a perennial target.
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As Western sanctions seek to isolate Russia, they also perversely reinforce the country’s mythic view of itself as a special place that outsiders want to destroy.
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Religion has been a laughing matter since the middle ages.
Lately, Joe Rogan has been under fire for problematic podcast clips resurfacing and spreading misinformation.
Privileged people don’t get to unilaterally decide that their behaviour isn’t racist. Real change must involve more humility (I’m looking at you, Joe).
Comedians Trevor Noah (L) and Dave Chappelle (R)
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Society has moved to a place where everyone is held accountable if their jokes are found offensive.
In 2017, Louis C.K. fell from grace after he was accused of sexual misconduct.
Cancel culture is what is left when people who have caused harm fail to actively accept responsibility and work to repair that harm.
Bad laws, political tribalism and cancel culture – philosopher Arthur Prior was describing similar things in the 1950s, and his challenge is just as relevant today.
Calling people out for problematic acts — like sexual harassment or racist comments — can lead to them being cancelled.
Cancel culture has exploded due to social media’s amplifying powers, society’s deep divisions and difficulties redressing longstanding inequities.
Under 1% of people surveyed made a connection between culture wars and the removal of statues.
The public is much less extreme in its views than you’d suspect
A form of ‘canceling’ was common among Baptists in America.
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Excommunicating a church member, like ‘canceling’ someone on social media, serves to cleanse the body politic of behavior deemed damaging, suggests a scholar of political theology.
Philosopher Peter Singer has helped launch a new, pseudonymous journal for the discussion of unpopular views. Will this be a boon for free inquiry, or a way for researchers to shirk responsibility?
Demonstrators gather during a peaceful protest against police brutality.
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A peace studies expert explains a technique for resolving conflict that she says is more effective and less divisive than public shaming.
In our current context of rapidly improving technology, archives and museums must constantly make tough decisions about what to keep, what to refuse or even remove.
Media coverage of the recent Dr. Seuss controversy are rooted in both a lack of awareness of the challenges and realities of maintaining collections and a false understanding of history.
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If humans only translate what it is familiar to them, something essential is lost. The art of translation requires the permission to transcend borders and make mistakes.