Cultural appropriation refers to using intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, or artefacts from another culture without permission. It is most likely to be harmful when it involves a power dynamic in which the source culture is a group that has been oppressed or exploited, or when the object of appropriation is particularly sensitive or sacred.
While it may seem difficult to distinguish between the appreciation for another culture and the act of cultural appropriation, it is important that we do so, especially in our roles as professional practitioners, peer educators and evaluation "experts."
Cultural appropriation is harmful because:
As part of the online C2024 submission process, we will be asking for a description of how the identities and experiences of all presenters pertain to the content of their presentations and thematic breakfasts, as well as for a declaration that they are not engaging in cultural appropriation. Leaders, presenters and discussants are also encouraged to reflect on such questions during their workshops, presentations, and thematic breakfasts.
The following resources provide further information on cultural appropriation to assist you.