Streamed live on 7 October 2020, this Dialogue & Debate webinar explores the complex politics behind language and terminology. We tackle questions about the control and regulation of language and consider the role of the Government, the media and minority groups in deciding what is deemed to be ‘Politically Correct’. We ask, ‘Politically Correct to whom?’

We highlight the powerful and even transformative role of language for creating inclusive and equal environments, where everyone feels valued.

This webinar is presented by our Programme Officer, Emily Gow, who has a linguistics background.

Our guest panellists include:

Kiri Kankhwende - Freelance journalist and Trustee at Index on Censorship

Dr Melani Schroeter - Associate Professor in Linguistics, University of Reading

Andy Shaw - Co-founder, Comedy Unleashed

Tony Thorne - Author, linguist and lexicographer


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Audio version

An audio-only version of this webinar is available below on this webpage and on podcast platforms.

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7 October, 2020