Next Leeds Salon

What's the Problem with Identity Politics?

Date: Tuesday 2 October 2018

Time: 6pm (for 6:15pm start) to 8pm

Venue: Carriageworks, Millennium Room.

Speakers: Ella Whelan, Remi Joseph-Salisbury, & Surya Monro

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. So why is it so contentious? Isn’t 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? Read more...

This is Leeds Salon's annual satellite event as part of the Battle of Ideas festival of debate, which takes place at the Barbican, London, on the weekend of Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October. To find out more about the BoI and buy tickets visit here.


Forthcoming Leeds Salons

Tetley Talks Autumn 2018: Freedom and the Individual

Leeds Salon hosts its sixth series of talks in partnership with The Tetley looking at cultural and philosophical issues. For this series we examine the issues of 'freedom and the individual' through three of the 19th and 20th century's most controversial philosophers: Friedrich Nietzsche on 3rd November, Jean-Paul Sartre on 17th November, and Ayn Rand on 1 December The talks will take place in The Tetley, starting 3pm. Read more...


Leeds Salon School Debate News: 

Headingley FoI Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2018 Final 

Wednesday 21 March Leeds Salon hosted the final of the fifth  debating competition for years 10&11 pupils (ages 14-16 years), in partnerhisp with the Headingley Festival of Ideas.

Congratulations to winners Allerton High School. Commiserations, but well done too to runners-up Cardinal Heenan Catholic High, and finalists Lawnswood School and Woodkirk Academy for making it such a high quality and closely fought final. Congratulations too to the 3 top individual prize winners. See Final details here.

Switalskis Solicitors were once again Event Sponsors for the Final. While the Prize Sponsors for the second year running included the Human Factor and Safety Group at the University of Leeds' Institute for Transport Studies, and the EU Horizon 2020 project EMPOWERThackray Medical Museum also again kindly donated a family ticket as one of the Best Individual prizes.


Tetley Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2018

Thursday 25 January Leeds Salon hosted the third school debating competition in partnerhisp with The Tetley for years 10&11 pupils for south and central Leeds Schools. Congratulaiton to Woodkirk Acedamy for being crowned the 2018 Tetley Champions - who'll now go on to compete in the final of the Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Final (see below). Commiserations to previous Tetley Champs Mount St Mary's, but well done too to all their team, especially Yaniat Menghisha who the judges nominated 'Best Individual' - see details.

A big thank you too to LCF Law, Leeds, for once again sponsoring the competition. LCF Law have been successfully helping businesses and people in Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate & Ilkley solve their legal issues for over 25 years. For more information visit:


Debating Matters Yorkshire Championship 2018

On 28 March Leeds Salon partnered with the sixth-form Debating Matters competition to help run their new Yorkshire Championship event. This was one of several DM city and regional championships taking place throughout the UK and in Berlin, and which represents a new format for the competition which has been running since 2003.

As well as helping to chair and judge in the Yorkshire Championship, for the thrd year running, we also presented our own Leeds Salon Individual Prize to the student who we felt best represented the spirit of Enlightenment inquiry by asking lots of good, challenging questions. So congratulation to Lauryn Healey from Barnsley College, who won a signed copy of Joanna Williams' Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge kindly donated by Palgrave Macmillan.






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