Indian-bornEnglish writer, lecturer and broadcaster, Kenan Malik trained in neurobiology and the history of science. As a scientific author, his focus is on the philosophy of biology, and contemporary theories of multiculturalism, pluralism and race. These topics are core concerns in The Meaning of Race (1996), Man, Beast and Zombie (2000) and Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides Are Wrong in the Race Debate (2008).
His work contains a forthright defence of the values of the 18th century Enlightenment, which he sees as having been distorted and misunderstood in more recent political and scientific thought. He was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010.
Fresh from the Galle Literary Festival, Kenan will giving an exclusive interview to journalist Smriti Daniel at the British Council Library.