Questions: Choose ONE question from the list below
1. Examine the problem of speaking for others when the matter of legitimate representation is at issue. Use one case or more to illustrate to what extent the identity marker of a representative matters. (Think about the following in constructing your answer: Do they have to belong to the identity group that they are representing? What strategies would make the matter of representation more just and enabling for marginalised groups?)
2. Assess the claim that ‘authentic democracy is not compatible with representation’, particularly for under-represented, marginalised groups. To what extent do you think Young succeeds in overcoming this problem in her discussion of representation and social perspective?
3. Define ‘culture wars’, OR ‘history wars’ OR ‘identity politics’ and examine one case study or more to illustrate how such debates figure in negotiating particular constructions of Australian National Identity. Pay particular attention to ways in which one or more of such categories as gender, ethnicity, class, and sexuality play a part in these debates.
4. Using one case study or more, assess how the ‘culture wars’ or ‘identity politics’ have been debated around controversial artworks, which have been censored or threatened censorship on the grounds of obscenity, blasphemy, sexual explicitness, political contentiousness or propaganda.
5. Using one case study or more, explore relations between art, protest and the ideal of democracy. To what extent do you think art is a powerful means for inciting social change?
6. Using a case study (hijab debates, multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism), discuss the ways in which secularism and religious conviction get opposed to one another in ‘democratic’ nations. How would you address such matters without relying on such an opposition?
7. Evaluate the ways in which feminism has figured in public debates regarding the politics of the hijab/headscarf/veil. Do you think there is a way of moving the debate beyond opposing feminism to Muslim women’s dress? If so, how?
8. Discuss what the case of the Charlie Hebdo shootings (or pick another case after discussing appropriateness of example with lecturer) has given us to think regarding free speech, incitement to hatred and the means by which we assess the place of satire in relation to minority identities.
9. Assess the claim that Hate Crime Legislation is not a solution to discrimination and persecution of marginalised groups
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