Cultural Appropriation

Country: United Kingdom

City: Leeds

Abstr. due: 01.10.2017

Dates: 18.12.18 — 18.12.17

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy; Cultural science;

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Organizers: University of Leeds and Newcastle University


Artists, musicians, writers, chefs, and inventors often borrow ideas from cultures other than their own. In some cases, they are blamed for cultural appropriation, as when Miley Cyrus borrowed twerking from black culture in 2013 and Valentino fashion designers borrowed patterns from Maasai culture in 2016.

We seek papers addressing what cultural appropriation is and whether and when it is wrong. Papers might address (but needn’t be limited to):

1.     The relationship between cultural appropriation and the wrongs of racism, exploitation, identity theft, and copyright infringement.

2.     Who (if anyone) is blameworthy for wrongful cultural appropriation.

3.     Whether and what rights are violated when artists engage in cultural appropriation.

4.     Whether cultures can own ideas and, if so, what implication this has for the ethical use of these ideas.

5.     Whether and when it is wrong to tell the story of a culture other than one’s own.

6.     The interaction between cultural appropriation and the production of aesthetic value.

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