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Talk, Tue 2 Oct 2018

What’s the Problem with Identity Politics?

What’s the Problem with Identity Politics?

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Identity politics is an ever-present and increasingly contentious feature of contemporary Western public life. Categories of race, gender, sexuality, religion and culture have become central to how individuals define themselves, and how we express solidarity in the fight for a just and tolerant society.

University campuses are perhaps the most visible sites where identity politics has come to the fore. However, the phenomenon goes way beyond student politics. Facebook now has a policy of offering over 70 genders to choose from, pop stars are regularly accused of cultural appropriation for fashion choices. There are also more serious concerns about a celebration of ‘white identity’ by the far-right in the US, or the reemergence of nationalism in some European countries.

Identity is important - both personally, in providing a sense of ourselves, and politically, as part of historic struggles for civil rights and equality. In fact, some argue that all politics is essentially identity politics, and anyone seen to be rejecting it is threatening to ‘minimise or ignore’ the plight of disadvantaged groups.

However, others disagree, arguing that there is a distinction between past struggles which used a collective sense of identity and the contemporary promotion of multiple, overlapping identities. Some point out that today’s identity politics is intolerant to a diversity of views on particular cultural issues, rather than seeking to achieve equality for all.

So, what’s the problem with identity politics? Is it just a continuation of past struggles against inequality and oppression? Or does contemporary identity politics actually threaten the very principles of solidarity and tolerance it claims to seek?

Speakers:

ELLA WHELAN is a journalist with Spiked, a frequent commentator on TV and Radio, and author of _What Women Want: Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism_ [https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Women-Want-Freedom-Feminism/dp/1925501477/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534844531&sr=8-1&keywords=ella+whelan].

REMI JOSEPH-SALISBURY_ is _a_ Presidential Fellow in University of Manchester's _Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity [https://www.cmist.manchester.ac.uk/research/projects/code/]_, a trustee with the Racial Justice Network, author of __Black Mixed-Race Men_ [https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Mixed-Race-Men-Transatlanticity-Post-Racial-ebook/dp/B07BDGR8DT/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535126939&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=remi+jospeh+salisbury]_, and co-editor of __The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence_ [https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fire-Now-Anti-Racist-Scholarship-Explicit/dp/1786993805/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1535127046&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=remi+jospeh+salisbury]_._

SURYA MONRO is a Professor in Sociology & Social Policy [https://pure.hud.ac.uk/en/persons/surya-monro] at the University of Huddersfield, and Director of its Centre for Citizenship, Conflict, Identity & Diversity [https://research.hud.ac.uk/institutes-centres/ccid/]. Surya works in the fields of gender and sexuality, notably LGBT and intersex issues.

For fuller biographies and readings visit The Leeds Salon website.

This is Leeds Salon’s annual satellite event for the BATTLE OF IDEAS festival of debate, to be held at the Barbican, London, on Sat 13th & Sun 14th October. For details visit: www.battleofideas.org.uk/ [http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/]

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Carriageworks Theatre has two performance spaces the main auditorium with 300 seats and a studio space with 55 seats as well as 7 conference rooms of various sizes and configurations. The venue is fully accessible including changing places facilities. Please contact Box Office in advance of visit to discuss any accessibility questions.

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Tue 2 Oct 2018 18:00 to 20:00

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ADMISSION: £5 waged / £4 unwaged (cash only) to pay on the door to the Millennium Room. Doors open 6pm for a 6:15pm start.

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    3 Millennium Square,
    Leeds,
    West Yorkshire,
    LS2 3AD

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    Map reference: SE 298339  Lat: 53.80096 Long: -1.54806

    By Car:

    From all routes into Leeds follow signs for the city loop. Once on the city loop go past the Town Hall on your left and follow the road round. Take the next left into Rossington Street. The Carriageworks is found on Millenium Square which is a pedestrian area. Parking can be found on Rossington Street or at The Light.

    By Public Transport:

    From Leeds railway station walk up Park Row to The Headrow. Cross over this road and carry straight on. Cross over Great George Street and over to Rossington Street. Follow directions as above.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Leeds station

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    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Cash PointCash Point
    • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing

    Carriageworks Theatre has two performance spaces the main auditorium with 300 seats and a studio space with 55 seats as well as 7 conference rooms of various sizes and configurations. The venue is fully accessible including changing places facilities. Please contact Box Office in advance of visit to discuss any accessibility questions.

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