Emilia Roig on Intersectionality

55 Voices for Democracy: Emilia Roig





Nov 4, 2021


55 Voices of Democracy - Emilia Roig on Intersectionality


"We have to think of the entire fabric of our society and we have to be courageous!“ French political scientist Emilia Roig talks about the intersection and simultaneity of different categories of discrimination against certain minorities. Underlying societal hierarchies play an important role in maintaining these injustices. How can institutions like universities or even marriage become complicit in perpetuating them? Roig claims: "We need to be daring and not weather down our demands in order to appeal to the mainstream debate." Emilia Roig is a French political scientist and founder of the Center for Intersectional Justice, a Berlin-based organization combatting intersecting forms of inequality and discrimination in Europe. In 2021, she published the best selling book Why We Matter - The End of Oppression (Aufbau Verlag).

The series 55 Voices for Democracy is modeled after the BBC radio speeches, through which Thomas Mann, from his home in California, turned to listeners in Germany, Switzerland and occupied Netherlands and Czechia during the war. From 1940 until 1945, Thomas Mann pleaded to thousands of listeners to resist the Nazi regime and thus became the most important German voice in exile. His conviction that the “social renewal of democracy” is condition and warrant for its victory seems more relevant than ever. In this podcast series, intellectuals, artists, and activists will engage in conversations about how to renew democracy today.

In collaboration with Los Angeles Review of Books, Goethe-Institut Boston, Goethe Pop Ups in Seattle, Houston, and Kansas City and Wunderbar Together. With friendly support of Dublab.




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