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Speaking and Being

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Kübra Gümüşay, born in Hamburg in 1988, studied political science in Hamburg and London. She is the author of the bestselling book “Sprache § Sein” (“Speaking and Being” to be published in May 2022 at Profile Books) and founder of several award winning campaigns and associations – e.g. the campaign #SchauHin against racism and the feminist alliance #ausnahmslos for which she was awarded the Clara Zetkin Prize for Women. Most recently, eeden, a feminist co-creation space in Hamburg (selected as „Kultur- und Kreativpiloten Deutschland“ in 2019), and future_s, a feminist research- and advocacy organisation for desirable futures . In 2018, Forbes Magazine selected her as one of “30 under 30” in Europe. As a Mercator Senior Fellow, she is currently a fellow at CRASSH and Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge University.

This book pursues a yearning. A yearning for a language that does not reduce people to categories, for a form of speaking that lets people exist in their rich diversity, for true communal thinking in a polarized world. Kübra Gümüşay has long been advocating equality and engagement on equal footing in public discourses. In her first book, she explores the question of how language dictates politics and shapes the way we think. She demonstrates how seeing people as part of a group forces them to express themselves as such and makes them invisible as individuals. But how can human beings talk as humans. And how can we all – in a time when hate speech becomes increasingly prevalent – cultivate a different way of communicating with each other?

This talk is part of the Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Seminars series.

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