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ANGELA NAGLE'S KILL ALL NORMIES AND IDENTITY POLITICS: A NEW CULTURE WAR?

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Join us on 4th November 2017 at NQ's venue Texture MCR for Interact MCR's first ever all day event, as one of the Battle of Ideas festival's satellite events.

We will have 2 events on the day, one provocation debate with Angela Nagle, looking at her book Kill All Normies and another debate in our usual format (Angela will also be on the second panel debate).

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Angela Nagle - author of Kill All Normies
Ella Whelan - Spiked
Dr Cheryl Hudson - Lecturer in American History University of Liverpool
Hilary Salt - Founder of First Actuarial LLP

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ANGELA NAGLE KILL ALL NORMIES: THE ALT-RIGHT AND ONLINE ACTIVISM

In her new book, ‘Kill All Normies’ Angela Nagle untangles the new culture wars raging on the internet: on the one side the “alt right”, which ranges from white separatist movements, to geeky subcultures like 4chan, to more mainstream manifestations such as the Trump-supporting gay libertarian Milo Yiannopolous. On the other side, so-called ‘social justice warriors’, whose progressive, identity politics fuelled campaigns are often seen as little more than virtue signalling and also associated with closing down debate by claiming offence, using the therapeutic language of trigger warnings and safe spaces. Now, after the disturbing violence and racism in Charlottesville, which claimed the life of a protestor, it seems such battles are no longer confined to social media and internet culture, while alt-right style tactics, if not politics, has become internationalised. There are increasing concerns about ever more violent online hate speech, trolling of opponents and toxic discourse in UK politics across the political spectrum.

17:0018:30

IDENTITY POLITICS: A NEW CULTURE WAR?

Loved and loathed, it seems Identity Politics are inescapable in contemporary political discourse. To some, identarian politics represent the antithesis of liberal ideals and a divisive force in society. To others, the political embrace of the personal is a vital tool in the struggle against oppressive institutions and practices. On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, some fear his dream that his children would “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” is betrayed by focusing on the differences we are born with, be that race, gender or sexuality. In his book, Humanism Betrayed, Professor Graham Good calls it ‘The New Sectarianism’. Conversely, identities are often embraced and championed as a political tactic to take on privilege and power, and to help make discrimination visible. Meanwhile Identity Politics is closely associated with intensifying free speech disputes, especially on university campuses. Various high profile de-platformings and campus controversies that have permeated the national news are justified by invoking the need to protect any given identity groups from harmful speech and opinions.

With the embrace, and rejection, of Identity politics increasingly at the centre of new cultural and political movements, is a new dividing line in contemporary politics emerging? And if so, is this a progressive development or a grave mistake?


ABOUT THE BATTLE OF IDEAS FESTIVAL

This is the 13th year of the Battle of Ideas festival which has become renowned as a no-holds- barred interrogation of future political, social and cultural trends. The London festival includes 100+ sessions through the weekend, drawing together 400 international speakers and attracts more than

3000 people. The festival challenges the speakers and audience alike to ‘shape the future through debate’ by disputing and discussing the key issues and ideas of our time.
One of last year’s speakers,

Dr Eliot Forster, executive chair of MedCity UK, said: “The Battle of Ideas invites full and frank participation from all who join in the debates that matter to us today and test their concepts through public discourse. The Battle of Ideas is a cauldron of concepts and lively debate” For a

flavour of the diversity of the discussions at the festival, do see the programme at http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/


ABOUT BATTLE OF IDEAS UK SATELLITES

Over the past seven years the festival has expanded beyond into cities throughout UK, and indeed into Europe and America too. Last year the festival reached 20 different cities throughout the UK and Europe including Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester and Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, Oslo and Stockholm. Battle of Ideas UK and Europe 2017 will expand the programme further. Many events are already listed on the website and you can get a flavour of what we plan by checking http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/europe-uk/


In association with Manchester Salon

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