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The University of Southampton

Ethical Challenge Lecture Event

Professor Jennifer Saul
18:00 - 19:00
13 February 2017
Lecture Theatre A, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BF

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Event details

The 6th annual Ethical Challenges Lecture. Part of the Faculty of Humanities annual series of lectures.

'Dogwhistles and Figleaves: Techniques of Racist Political Manipulation'

Until recently, it was widely believed that explicit expressions of racism would doom a political candidacy in the United States. Yet nonetheless racism was a frequently used tool that won many elections. This talk examines one of the methods, the dogwhistle, that allowed such racist electoral victories. It then turns to the present day, in which explicit racism is proving remarkably successful. Here I explore a different linguistic technique, the fig leaf, which I take to have enabled this success.

The Ethical Challenges Lecture is organised in collaboration with the Southampton Ethics Centre and with the support of The Royal Institute of Philosophy.

Event Information

RSVP by 9 February 2017. This event is free however you must register to attend and receive joining instructions. To register follow the link above.


Recording for the lecture can be found by following this link.

Speaker information

Professor Jennifer Saul,University of Sheffield,Professor of Philosophy

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