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Sunday 20th March 2022

Our speaker:

Gary Dowling is a mature age student at Macquarie University studying philosophy and politics. Gary has spoken before at the Philosophy Forum and also at the University of the Third Age on philosophy. He is a founding member of the Port Macquarie Philosophy Forum.

Topic: The Social Justice Movement

If you have ever wondered why we live in the age of post truth where alternative facts and fake news go hand in hand with mistrust of science and disrespect for the liberal social order and democracy, then this talk may be of interest.

This topic will examine the development of post modernism and how it has morphed into the Social Justice Movement. Post modernism has the knowledge principle and the political principle as its core beliefs and has developed Social Justice theories encompassing Post-Colonial theory, Queer theory, Critical Race theory, Gender studies, Disability and Fat studies. The objective of post modernism is to address the power imbalance in society. However, there are outcomes of these theories that are seen by some as detrimental to society. These include political correctness, identity politics, cancel culture and wokism together with attacks on liberalism, science and objective knowledge. This talk will examine how post modernism has contributed to the world we live in today.

Sunday 10th April 2022

Our Speaker:

Mark Alfano is an Associate Professor in Macquarie University's Department of Philosophy.  His work encompasses subfields in philosophy (epistemology, moral psychology, philosophy of science), social science (social psychology, personality psychology), and computer science. He also brings digital humanities methods to bear on both contemporary problems and the history of philosophy (especially Nietzsche).

Topic: The affiliative use of emoji and hashtags in the Black Lives Matter movement: A Twitter case study
Protests and counter-protests seek to draw and direct attention and concern with confronting images and slogans. In recent years, as protests and counter-protests have partially migrated to the digital space, such images and slogans have also gone online. Two main ways in which these images and slogans are translated to the online space is through the use of emoji and hashtags. Despite sustained academic interest in online protests, hashtag activism and the use of emoji across social media platforms, little is known about the specific functional role that emoji and hashtags play in online social movements. In an effort to fill this gap, the current paper studies both hashtags and emoji in the context of the Twitter discourse around the Black Lives Matter movement.


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