Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Personal Identity: Implications for the Individual, Society and the State

This lecture is not about ‘identity politics’, but ‘the politics of identity’

It explores several issues around the question of personal identity, how it is constructed, and how it functions in society and the state.

Taking a wide-ranging view that draws on several disciplines, this lecture considers the relevance of personal identity to the person, to social interactions, and to the relation between the individual and the state. It highlights the ambiguities and conflicts that are involved in the processes of asserting, challenging, concealing, recording and ‘managing’ identity, and looks at their consequences.

Prof. Charles Raab is a Director of the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy and is a founder of the Scottish Privacy Forum.

Doors open at 6.15pm 

Our Changing World Series

The Our Changing World series, now in its ninth year, is a credit-bearing course that opens its doors to the public, who we invite to attend fascinating and accessible talks alongside our students. This year's theme is 'identity'.  For more information on the series please visit:

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Oct 16 2018 18.30 - 20.00

Personal Identity: Implications for the Individual, Society and the State

Entry is on a first come first served basis. If you are late, we cannot guarantee your place.
This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties.

Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 32 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH