Events 2021

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Sunday 12th September @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Thinking on Sunday: Head First – A Psychiatrist’s Stories of Mind and Body – with Dr Alastair Santhouse.

What does it mean to be well? Is it something in our body? Or, is it rather something subjective – something of the mind? Eminent psychiatrist Dr Alastair Santhouse draws on his experience of treating thousands of hospital patients to show how our emotions are inextricably linked to our physical wellbeing.

Our minds shape the way we understand and react to symptoms that we develop, dictate the treatments we receive, and influence whether they work. They even influence whether we develop symptoms at all. Ultimately, he finds that our medical model has failed us by promoting specialisation and overlooking perhaps the single most important component of our health: our state of mind.

Written with brutal honesty, deep compassion, and a wry sense of humour Dr Santhouse’s book Head First examines difficult cases that illuminate some of our most puzzling and controversial medical issues-from the tragedy of suicide, to the stigma surrounding obesity, to the ongoing misery of chronic fatigue

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Monday 13th September @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Ethical Matters: Overtime – Why We Need A Shorter Working Week – with Will Stronge and Kyle Lewis

With the rise of automation and precarious forms of work, jobs are becoming increasingly polarised. While some are overworked, there are many more people forced into precarious and underpaid work, work that falls heavily on those most vulnerable in society. All of this while countries in the Global North are experiencing a crisis of care, where the disproportionately gendered labour of care is undervalued, and often unpaid. In this talk Kyle Lewis and Will Stronge argue that one powerful and practical response to the worrying trend of job polarisation is the call for a shorter working week.

The time we spend at work is neither natural nor inevitable. Instead the amount of time we spend working is a political, cultural and economic question. In their new book Overtime Lewis and Stronge explain what a shorter waged working week means, as well as its history and its political implications. The authors argue that any long-term plan for a sustainable, just economy must involve a reduction in the time we spend working. Drawing on a range of political and economic thinkers, Lewis and Stronge argue that only by doing so can we create a more just and equal society, one that allows people the space and opportunity to develop an ethic based on citizen engagement and self-autonomy outside of market interaction.

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Monday 20th September @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Ethical Matters: The Authority Gap – Why Women are Still Taken Less Seriously than Men – with Mary Ann Sieghart 

Imagine living in a world in which you were routinely patronised by women.

Imagine having your views ignored or your expertise frequently challenged by them.

Imagine people always addressing the woman you are with before you.

Now imagine a world in which the reverse of this is true.

Would you believe that US Supreme Court Justices are interrupted four times more often than male ones… 96% of the time by men? Or that British parents, when asked to estimate their child’s IQ will place their son at 115 and their daughter at 107?

In The Authority Gap, Mary Ann Sieghart provides a startling perspective on the unseen bias at work in our everyday lives, to reveal the scale of the gap that still persists between men and women. Marshalling a wealth of data with precision and insight, and including interviews with pioneering women such as Baroness Hale, Mary Beard and Julia Gillard, Mary Ann exposes unconscious bias in a fresh feminist take on how to address and counteract systemic sexism in ways that benefit us all.

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Tuesday 5th October @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Ethical Matters: How to Stop Fascism – with Paul Mason

Fascism is back. In January, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. Right-wing populism was supposed to be a firewall against far-right extremism – but the firewall is on fire.  From Brazil to India to Sweden the far right is on the rise across the world.

Fascism is not a horror that we have left in the past; it is a recurring nightmare that is happening again – and we need to find a better way to fight it.  The new far right is organisationally small, but its ideologies and symbols are proliferating across networks and social media, into the lives of many ordinary people.

In his new book How to Stop FascismPaul Mason offers a radical, hopeful blueprint for resisting and defeating the new far right. The book is both a chilling portrait of contemporary fascism – what fascists believe and how they operate today – and a compelling history of the fascist phenomenon: its psychological roots, political theories and genocidal logic. Fascism, Mason powerfully argues, is a symptom of capitalist failure, one that has haunted us throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.

The new far right is being driven by climate change, economic stagnation but above all collapse of freemarket ideology, and the disorientation of the self-image millions of people created around it. The left and centre, Mason argues, should unite in a militant defence of democracy, creating – as in the 1930s – an antifascist ethos that can defeat the mythologies of ethnic conflict being propagated by the right.

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