War & peace: the message of Kinder eggs
Mon 12 September, 2022 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST
What is the origin of human conflict and how can we make peace? The Bible offers one answer in the myth of Babel: God ‘confused their tongues’ of humanity so that humans could no longer cooperate as a species and threaten the power of the divine. But is linguistic diversity really the source of human conflict?
In this talk, Keith Kahn-Harris, author of The Babel Message: A Love Letter to Language, will argue that incomprehension can actually be a beautiful thing. He will show how something apparently trivial – the multilingual warning messages in Kinder Surprise Eggs – can allow us to appreciate the glorious, messy diversity of human language.