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Defending Progressivism

Organised by Conatus News and Culture Project (and sponsored by the NSS and BHA) Defending Progressivism is an unprecedented day-long conference focussing on defending social-progressivism (LGBT Rights, Feminism, Environmentalism, Secularism, Irreligiosity, etc.) held in the famed Conway Hall. Not only showcasing some of the most significant challenges to social progressivism through distinguished panel-discussions, individual talks, stalls and book sales, but some of the greatest minds in activism today will exchange views concerning such crucibles and how we, as social-progressives, can begin to get a foothold in opposition to redress them.

Confirmed speakers (more to be added) so far include:

  • Clive Bradley (British screenwriter)

  • Heather Brunskell (Feminst, academic and writer)

  • Benjamin David (Activist, writer and founder of Conatus News)

  • Julia Ebner (freelance journalist and a researcher at the Quilliam Foundation)

  • Claire Fox (Writer and director and founder of the think tank the Institute of Ideas)

  • Rahila Gupta (Writer for the Guardian and journalist)

  • Professor AC Grayling (Philosopher and Author)

  • Sara Khan (Award winning counter-extremism and women’s rights activist, author and public speakers

  • Houzan Mahmoud (Kurdish Feminist, Secularist, and co-founder of Kurdish Culture Project)

  • Chris Moos (Secularist, writer and activist)

  • Maryam Namazie (Iranian-born secularist and human rights activist, commentator and broadcaster)

  • Henna Rai (Director of Women Against Radicalisation Network, Activist and Human Rights Campaigner)

  • Terry Sanderson (Secularist and gay rights activist, author, journalist, and president of the National Secular Society

  • Peter Tatchell (Renowned Human Rights campaigner)

  • Lisa Marie Taylor (Feminist Activist involved in various campaigns for women)

  • Hibo Wardere (Somalian-born campaigner against female genital mutilation, author, and public speaker)

What is Conatus News?

Founded in 2016, Conatus News is an online blog news-platform started by grassroots activists that aims to give progressive voices centre stage on important issues - from current affairs, politics, and culture, to philosophy, science and religion. Conatus News aims to evolve news by refocusing the ethos of news away from personalities, sales and partisanship over to a commitment to social progression. Furthermore, as part of its attempt to disseminate and effectuate progressive narratives, Conatus News has a widely respected interview and podcast series that has featured some of the most exciting up-and-coming activists and, moreover, some of the most distinguished activists working in human-rights today.

Since its inception, Conatus News has managed to amass a team of sixty dedicated writers from various backgrounds and professions and has managed to forge itself as one of the most significant progressive news platforms in the UK today.

What is Culture Project?

Founded by distinguished Kurdish feminist Houzan Mahmoud, Kurdish writer and Novelist Ismail Hamalaw and Novelist and lawyer Miran Abraham, Culture Project is a unique platform for Kurdish writers, feminists, artists and activists. Culture Project gather emerging and established voices from Kurdistan and the Kurdish diaspora, and gives them a vital space to freely express their ideas. Through the well-established web magazine and planned-for printed journal, Culture Project advocates a total freedom of thought: freedom to suggest controversial new ideas, secularism, free thinking about gender issues and a whole new cultural awareness that is fresh and challenging. Culture Project embraces political discourse, feminism, philosophy, literature and critical analysis of cinema, photography and art

We really hope that you will be able to participate in what will surely be one of the biggest and the most exciting conferences in the UK in 2017.

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