The Next Leeds Salon:

Who Benefits from the 'Vulnerability Zeitgeist'?

Date: Monday 9 May, 7pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Room

Speaker: Kate Brown

Respondents: Ken McLaughlin, Maggie Leese

The concept of ‘vulnerability’ is becoming increasingly popular as a way of describing people who need or ‘deserve’ special care and attention. The term is applied to widening sections of the population, often to justify more intervention from the state. Such intervention may seem supportive in nature, but can also have controlling or paternalistic undertones. With social policies increasingly aimed at addressing the vulnerabilities of certain group or populations, what are the implications of this?

The University of York’s Kate Brown argues in her new book Vulnerability and Young People: Care and social control in policy and practice (Policy Press, 2015) that we should pay more attention to how vulnerability is discussed, defined and addressed in society; and explores the repercussions of a 'vulnerability zeitgeist' in UK policy and practice. Kate will introduce her book followed by questions from our critical panel. Read more...


Traveling for a Change? The Merits of Ethical Tourism

Date: Wednesday 15 June, 7pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Room

Speakers: Jim Butcher, Davina Stanford, Simon Woodward

Tourism used to be seen as an innocent pleasure. However, since the 1990’s there’s been growing criticism of the tourist industry. Mass tourism is deemed to have wrought damage to the environment and host societies. To remedy this, new forms of tourism have developed that proclaim themselves to be ‘ethical’ or ‘responsible; that can help make a positive difference to the world, or at least minimise our negative impact. However, in recent years responsible tourism has also face criticism: as naïve, patronising or about salving guilty Western consciences. So should holidays be solely about enjoyment, or do we have a responsibility to the places we visit to ‘tread lightly’ or even ‘put something back’? Read more...


Other Leeds Salon News:

Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Debating Competition

Allerton High SchoolAllerton High School
are the winners of the Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2016.

The Final took place on 23rd March at the HEART Centre. And in this, its third year, the three qualifying round winners - Cardinal Heenan Catholic High, Allerton High and Abbey Grange Academy - were joined by Mount St Mary’s Catholic High - the winners of the new Tetley Years 10 & 11 Competition – making it an all-Leeds final for the first time.

Allerton High and Cardinal Heenan won their knock-out debates, on the 'Green Belt' and 'Sugar Levy' against Mount St Mary's and Abbey Grange respectively, to compete in a very close, high quality final debate on 'Genome Editing'.

The judges also nominated Darragh Kennedy of Cardinal Heenan as 'Best Individual', for being both a great panellist and for asking some good questions from the floor. The winning school and Best Individual won copies of Oxford Very Short Introductions and also tickets from our Prize Sponsors: Hyde Park Picture House and Thackray Medical Museum.

Finally, well done to all the schools that took part in this year's competition - both pupils and teachers. Thank you also to all our judges, who give up their time freely to engage seriously with our debaters on important, contemporary issues.

See the Final details here.



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