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A Single World, Many Identities?

Best-selling Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, Nick Bostrom from Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and Ann Phoenix from UCL discuss identity with Jo Fidgen.

Bestselling Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, Nick Bostrom from Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and Ann Phoenix from UCL's Institute of Education trace the evolution of 21st century identity with the BBC’s Jo Fidgen. Are technology and geopolitics conspiring to create a new type of human, unrecognisable to our forebears? Is ‘serial migration’ the new norm for transnational families and what effect is this having on the identity of the young? Or perhaps we should drop the concept of Identity altogether?

(Photo: Left to right, Ann Phoenix, Elif Shafak and Nick Bostrom)

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Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Critics have named her as “one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Turkish and world literature”. Her books have been published in more than 40 countries and she was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Ann Phoenix

Ann Phoenix is the ESRC Professorial Fellow for the Transforming Experiences research programme. She is Professor and Co-Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. Her research is mainly about social identities and the ways in which psychological experiences and social processes are linked.

Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University. He is the founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, a multidisciplinary research centre which enables a few exceptional mathematicians, philosophers, and scientists to think about global priorities and big questions for humanity.

Broadcasts

  • Mon 11 Apr 2016 01:06GMT
  • Mon 11 Apr 2016 04:06GMT
  • Tue 12 Apr 2016 06:06GMT
  • Tue 12 Apr 2016 08:06GMT
  • Tue 12 Apr 2016 23:06GMT
  • Wed 13 Apr 2016 01:06GMT

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