Upcoming Speakers:

 

Li Sun
Thursday 17 October 2019 - China: New Global Power

Dr Li Sun is a lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. As an ethnic ‘Miao’ woman, she grew up in a remote village in southwestern China. Since 2007, she has been living and working abroad (in the UK, Germany, the US and the Netherlands). Besides academic positions, Li also serves as a consultant to the UN, World Bank, and OECD, as well as government offices in the UK, the Netherlands and China. Her main research interest is China’s urbanization and globalization. Her book Rural Urban Migration and Policy Intervention in China was published by Palgrave in 2018.

 

James Woudhuysen
Thursday 17 October 2019 - China: New Global Power

James Woudhuysen is a visiting professor of forecasting and innovation at London South Bank University. He has written for the Economist and The Times, and contributes regularly to Blueprint magazine and to spiked. He is co-author of Energise! A future for energy innovation (Beautiful Books, 2009) and editor of Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation (Shanghai Jia Tong University Press, 2012). James is also the author of a series of four e-books on 'Asian Tensions'. Visit his website at: www.woudhuysen.com/

 

Dimitrios Stroikos
Thursday 17 October 2019 - China: New Global Power

Dr Dimitrios Stroikos is an Associate Lecturer in Politics at the University of York. Dimitrios’ research interests cover the international relations of the Asia-Pacific and Asian security, with particular reference to China and India; theories of International Relations; technology and global governance; and space security and space policy. He teaches in the areas of contemporary global politics; international relations theories; global governance; international thought; and the global politics of nuclear weapons.

 

 

Recent Speakers:

Timandra Harkness
Saturday 29 June 2019: 'Tetley Talks' - Big Data: Does Size Matter?

Timandra Harkness is a regular on BBC Radio 4, writing and presenting How To Disagree, a beginner’s guide to having better arguments and FutureProofing, a series looking at the social impact of new big ideas. She presents documentaries including Data, Data Everywhere and Personality Politics, and was resident reporter on social psychology series The Human Zoo. Her book Big Data: does size matter? was published by Bloomsbury in 2016, revised in 2017. Timandra is a visiting fellow in the University of Winchester Centre for Information Rights, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a member of their Data Ethics group.

 

Ronald Green
Saturday 15 June 2019: 'Tetley Talks' - Time to Tell: A Look at How We Tick

Ronald Green, former lecturer in linguistics at Oxford and Tel Aviv, ESL teacher, is the author of Time To Tell: a look at how we tick (iff Books, 2018), Nothing Matters: a book about nothing (iff Books, 2011), and 13 ESL books used worldwide. Ronald has lectured and given workshops in Europe, North and South America and the Middle East on linguistics, philosophy and the use of the Internet in education. His short stories have been published in Nuvein Magazine, Tryst, Aesthetica, the Sink and Unholy Biscuit. He has completed a philosophical novel and co-authored a psychological thriller with strong philosophical underpinnings.

 

Phil Mullan
Thursday 23 May 2019 - What is Neoliberalism? 

Phil Mullan combines business management with research and writing, primarily on economic matters. He is the author of Creative Destruction: How to start an economic renaissance (Policy Press, 2017), and The Imaginary Time Bomb: Why an Ageing Population is not a Social Problem (IB Tauris, 2000). In business, he is a director of Epping Consulting, having completed eight years in senior management roles with Easynet Global Services, an international communications services company. Previously he had been chief executive of the internet services and training company Cybercafé Ltd. Read Phil’s blog.

 

Mark Davis
Thursday 23 May 2019 - What is Neoliberalism?

Dr Mark Davis is Associate Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Bauman Institute at the University of Leeds. An economic sociologist, Mark is interested in the relationships between money, markets and morality. He is currently researching financial innovations that promise to enhance opportunities for citizens to deliver socially-beneficial outcomes by doing different things with their money, e.g. Crowdfunding, Alternative Currencies, and Responsible FinTech. Mark is a consultant to UK centre-left think tanks, chiefly Finance Innovation Lab, New Economics Foundation, and Compass. He’s just published a major report Financing for Society: Assessing the Suitability of Crowdfunding for the Public Sector (Davis & Cartwright, May 2019) and is co-leading a Horizon 2020 project evaluating the role of ‘prosumers’ in the Green Energy Transition.

 

Nikos Sotirakopoulos
Thursday 23 May 2019 - What is Neoliberalism?

Dr Nikos Sotirakopoulos is a lecturer in sociology at York St John University. He has researched on how, in the last decades, some of the core values and concepts of modernity and the Enlightenment, such as individual agency and material progress, have been problematised in the narratives both of the new left and of the mainstream and the extreme right. He is author of The Rise of Lifestyle Activism: From New Left to Occupy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and since 2017 he has been an academic adviser for the Ayn Rand Centre.

 

Brendan O'Neill
Thursday 2 May 2019: Should We Fear Populism?

Brendan O’Neill is editor of online current affairs magazine spiked, and hosts the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. He's also a columnist for Penthouse and writes for the Sun and Spectator. The Guardian calls him the Danny Dyer of journalism while Andrew Bolt of the Aussie Daily Telegraph says he is 'one of the world's funniest, fiercest critics of groupthink'. Connor Court has published two collections of his essays A Duty to Offend (2015) and Anti-Woke (2018).

 

William Allchorn
Thursday 2 May 2019: Should We Fear Populism?

Dr William Allchorn is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Leeds and Associate Director at the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right. He is an expert on anti-Islamic radical right social movements in the UK and Western Europe. His book, Anti-Islamic Protest in the UK: Policy Responses to the Far Right, is out now with Routledge.

 

Matthias Revers
Thursday 2 May 2019: Should We Fear Populism?

Dr Matthias Revers is a Lecturer in Media & Communications and Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research at the University of Leeds. Matthias obtained a PhD in sociology in 2014 from the State University of New York in Albany and, before joining Leeds in January 2018, he was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Sociology at the University of Frankfurt. Matthias’ research interests include the moral boundaries of speech; the mediated experience of political antagonism; and right-wing populist journalism.

 

Ceri Dingle
Friday 29 March 2019 - Women: A Success Story

Ceri Dingle is Director of WORLDwrite, a youth education charity she set up in 1994. WORLDwrite campaigns for change using film and video through its online Citizen TV channel WORLDbytes. Ceri has directed a series of five documentaries entitled Pricking the Missionary Position shot in Ghana, West Africa, and directed the film Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible. Ceri co-directed WORLDwrite’s award winning film Every Cook Can Govern on the life and works of C.L.R James. Before directing and editing the charity’s latest epic documentary on women, Ceri directed and edited 1917: Why the Russian Revolution matters to mark its centenary.

 

Nikos Sotirakopoulos
Saturday 1 December 2018: 'Tetley Talks' - Heroic Individualism: Ayn Rand's Objectivism

Dr Nikos Sotirakopoulos is a lecturer in sociology at York St John University. He has researched on how, in the last decades, some of the core values and concepts of modernity and the Enlightenment, such as individual agency and material progress, have been problematised in the narratives both of the new left and of the mainstream and the extreme right. He is author of The Rise of Lifestyle Activism: From New Left to Occupy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and since 2017 he has been an academic adviser for the Ayn Rand Centre.

 

Tim Black
Saturday 17 November 2018: 'Tetley Talks' - Condemned To Be Free: Sartre's Existentilism

Tim Black is the editor of the spiked review, and a columnist at spiked. His writing has also appeared in the EU Observer, the Australian, the Independent, La Republica and others. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Sussex. Tim also did our 2015 'Tetley Talk' on Heidegger.

 

Ella Whelan
Tuesday 2 October 2018: What's the Problem with Identity Politics? 

Ella Whelan is a journalist and author of What Women Want: Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism (Conor Court, 2017). She was the assistant editor at spiked and host of the spiked podcast between 2015 and 2018. Ella is a frequent commentator on TV and radio and writes forthe Spectator, The Sunday Times, the Sun, The Economist, Conscience Magazine and others.

 

Remi Joseph-Salisbury
Tuesday 2 October 2018: What's the Problem with Identity Politics?

Remi Joseph-Salisbury is a Presidential Fellow in the University of Manchester's Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity, a trustee and organiser with the Racial Justice Network, and a steering member of the Northern Police Monitoring Project. He is the author of Black Mixed-Race Men (Emerald Publishing, 2018) and co-editor of the forthcoming collection The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence (Zed Book, 2018). He is also the ‘Race and Resistance’ columnist for Red Pepper Magazine.

 

Surya Monro
Tuesday 2 October 2018: What's the Problem with Identity Politics?

Surya Monro is a Professor in Sociology & Social Policy at the University of Huddersfield, and Director of its Centre for Citizenship, Conflict, Identity & Diversity. Surya works in the fields of gender and sexuality, notably on LGBT and Intersex issues. She is the author of Gender Politics: Citizenship, Activism, and Sexual Diversity (Pluto Press 2005) and Bisexuality (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), and co-author of Sexuality, Equality and Diversity (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012) and Intersex, Variations if Sex Characteristics and DSD: The Need for Change (University of Huddersfield 2017) and co-editor of Queer in Africa: LGBTQI Identities, Citizenship, and Activism (Routledge 2018).

 

Austin Williams
Friday 29 June 2018: China's Urban Revolution

Austin Williams is director of the Future Cities Project, and author of China’s Urban Revolution: Understanding Chinese Eco-cities (Bloomsbury, 2017) and 20 Chinese Architects (Thames & Hudson, 2018). He is also the China correspondent for the Architectural Review, contributing editor for AR Pacific Region, and writes occasionally for L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui. Austin is senior lecturer at Dept of Architecture, Kingston University, and honorary research fellow at Xi’an-Jiaotong Liverpool University. He is also the author of The Enemies of Progress, co-editor of The Future of Community and The Lure of the City, and co-founded the Mantownhuman Manifesto and the New Narratives initiative.

 

Giles Blackburne
Friday 29 June 2018: China's Urban Revolution

Dr Giles Blackburne is Associate Professor of International Business and Executive Director of The Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds. He teaches on a range of international business topics at all levels, including the economics of China, principles of international business, and intellectual property. Prior to Leeds, Giles was Director of the China-Britain Business Council from 2005 to 2016, Director of Chinese Studies at the University of Abertay 2001-2005, Manager of the China-Britain Business Council (Scotland) 1994-2001, and lectured in Chinese Politics & Economics at the University of Glasgow from 1991 to 1994.

 

Paul Waley
Friday 29 June 2018: China's Urban Revolution

Dr Paul Waley is a Senior Lecturer in East Asian Geography at the University of Leeds. His research grows out of a strong focus on particular geographical settings in East Asia. His interests cover urban and cultural geography, both historical and contemporary, with a focus on large cities in China (in particular Shanghai and Nanjing) and Japan (Tokyo). He has published widely in leading urban studies journals.

 

Joanna Williams
Wednesday 16 May 2018: Women vs Feminism

Joanna Williams is an author, academic and the education editor of the online magazine spiked. Her latest book, Women Versus Feminism was published in October 2017. Her previous books are Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity (2016) and Consuming Higher Education: why learning can’t be bought (2012). Joanna taught in schools, further and higher education for over twenty years, most recently as director of the University of Kent’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education. Joanna writes regularly for The Spectator and has written for numerous other publications from The Times Higher Education to the Erotic Review.

 

Valerie Bryson
Wednesday 16 May 2018: Women vs Feminism

Valerie Bryson is Professor Emerita of Politics (ie officially retired but still academically active) at the University of Huddersfield.  She has published extensively on feminist theory and politics, and her work has been translated into Arabic, Russian, Japanese and Greek. Her books include Feminist Political Theory (latest, extensively revised, edition 2016), Gender and the Politics of Time (2007) and Feminist Debates (1999). She taught and researched at a number of UK universities before joining the University of Huddersfield in 1992. She is currently working on a new book: Western Feminism: contemporary challenges and debates.

 

Wendy Earle
Saturday 28 April 2018: Tetley Talk - Can Art Survive The Culture Wars?

Dr Wendy Earle writes on the arts and culture for spiked and is convenor of the Academy of Ideas Arts & Society Forum, which promotes open and open-ended discussion of the arts and culture and of the place of arts and culture in society. She works at Birkbeck, University of London, to promote knowledge exchange and public engagement with research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Previously she worked in educational publishing and at the British Film Institute.

 

Pauline Hadaway
Saturday 14 April 2018: Tetley Talk - Can Culture Save the City?

Pauline Hadaway has worked in arts and education in the UK and Ireland since 1990 and is co-founder of The Liverpool Salon, a new forum for public debate on Merseyside. She is undertaking a professional doctorate at the University of Manchester’s Institute of Cultural Practices, researching different uses of cultural heritage as a tool for peace-building in Northern Ireland and Britain. She has been published widely including: Policing the Public Gaze (2009), published by The Manifesto Club; Re-imagining Titanic, re-imaging Belfast, in Relaunching Titanic: Memory and Marketing in the ‘Post Conflict City (2013) and Escaping the Panopticon, Photography Reframed (2017).

 

Christopher Bailey
Saturday 14 April 2018: Tetley Talks - Can Culture Save the City?

Christopher Bailey is a Visiting Professor at York St John University and Professor Emeritus in Cultural History at Leeds Beckett University. Chris worked in art and design higher education for over thirty five years and has published research on cultural policy, design history and the impact of IT on pedagogy in the visual arts. He established the Centre for Cultural Policy & Management at Northumbria University and consults for UK and overseas clients. He was a member of the European Community National Panel that chose Paphos to be European Capital of Culture 2017. Chris has held numerous voluntary positions in the cultural sector, and is Chair of York’s cultural partnership York@Large.

 

Leanne Buchan
Saturday 14 April 2018: Tetley Talk - Can Culture Save the City?

Leanne Buchan works for Leeds City Council‘s Culture & Sport team, alongside running her own freelance cultural consultancy. She led the development of the Leeds Culture Strategy and the associated Delivery Plan for the city pioneering a co-produced, open-sourced approach. She is also the Leeds 2023 team lead for Marketing, Communications & Artistic Projects. Leanne’s professional interests explore how culture can be used as a catalyst for change, engagement, and investment. Her experience takes in everything from strategic cultural development and managing European peer-learning projects to commissioning artists and events, and marketing and promotions for cultural programmes. Visit her website: www.leannebuchan.com

 

James Woudhuysen
Saturday 2 December 2017: Tetley Talks - Fascism: "The Mobilization of Passions"

James Woudhuysen is a visiting professor of forecasting and innovation at London South Bank University. He has written for the Economist and The Times, and contributes regularly to Blueprint magazine and to spiked. He is co-author of Energise! A future for energy innovation (Beautiful Books, 2009) and editor of Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation (Shanghai Jia Tong University Press, 2012). For more than 40 years, James has also written and lectured about 19th- and 20th-century history and politics, with a particular interest in the First and Second World Wars. Visit his website at: www.woudhuysen.com/

 

Penny Lewis
Saturday 25 November 2017: Tetley Talks - Futurism: "To Sing the Love of Danger"

Penny Lewis is a lecturer in Architecture & Urban Planning and the Wuhan Joint Degree Programme Leader at the University of Dundee. She is also a founding member of the Foundation for Architecture & Education (AE Foundation), and she writes for newspapers and architectural publications. Her work includes; Challenging Contextualism (2004) and Curious Rationalism (2006). She is co-author of In Defence of the Dome (1999), and contributed a chapter to Future of the Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated (2008).

 

Philip Cunliffe
Saturday 18 November 2017: Tetley Talks - Lenin Lives! Reimagining the Russian Revolution

Philip Cunliffe is Senior Lecturer in International Conflict at the University of Kent. He completed his doctorate in war studies at King’s College London and, before joining the Kent, Philip taught in the defence studies and war studies departments of King’s College London. In 2008 Philip was appointed to provide reports on Western Balkan politics for the Economist Intelligence Unit. He contributes regularly to the international media and has broadcast on local radio stations as well as BBC Radio 4, Al Jazeera, Russia Today and Press TV. He blogs at www.thefirstphilippic.wordpress.com and tweets @thephilippics.

 

Ann Furedi
Thursday 19 October 2017: What is the Moral Case for Abortion?

Ann Furedi has been CEO of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) since 2003; which is the UK’s leading abortion service. Before then she was director of policy and press for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the UK’s regulator of embryo research and assisted conception. Ann has written extensively in defence of women’s autonomy of reproductive choice, and is the author of The Moral Case for Abortion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She is also a board member of the American research charity, IBIS Reproductive Health and chair of the governing body for Mid Kent FE College.

 

Georgia Testa
Thursday 19 October 2017: What is the Moral Case for Abortion?

Georgia Testa is a lecturer in Medical Ethics in the School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science at the University of Leeds. Her main teaching responsibility is for the medical ethics provision in the School of Medicine, and on Biomedical Ethics for the Inter-disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre. Georgia’s current and past teaching for Philosophy includes Introduction to Ethics; Environmental Ethics; War, Terror and Justice; and The Ethics of Life and Death. She is a Trustee of the Institute of Medical Ethics as well as the Chair of their Education Committee, and case studies editor for the journal Research Ethics.

 

Michael Thomson
Thursday 19 October 2017: What is the Moral Case for Abortion?

Michael Thomson is Professor of Law at the University of Leeds. He is a graduate of the Universities of Southampton (LLB) and Birmingham (PhD Law), and joined the School of Law in July 2013, having previously held a Chair in Law at Keele University. His interests span the fields of health law, children’s rights, and legal theory with a particular focus on legal embodiment. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Reproducing Narrative Gender, Reproduction, and Law (Dartmouth, 1998) and, with S McGuinness, ‘Medicine and abortion law: complicating the reforming profession’ (Medical Law Review, 23.2, 2015).

 

Alastair Donald
Wednesday 31 May 2017: What's the Future of Democratic Politics?

Alastair Donald is the associate director of the Institute of Ideas, and coordinates planning and programming across projects including Battle of Ideas and Battle of Ideas Europe, and is co-founder of the IoI’s residential school Living Freedom which allows 18-25-year-olds to explore the meaning and ideals of freedom in the twenty-first century. Alastair is the co-editor of the books The Lure of the City: from slums to suburbs (2011) and The Future of Community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated (2008). He has written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Independent, City Metric, Architectural Review and Blueprint.

 

Stephen Coleman
Wednesday 31 May 2017: What's the Future of Democratic Politics? 

Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication at the University of Leeds, Honorary Professor in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. His main research interests are: methods of political engagement; uses of digital media in representative democracies; intersections between popular culture and formal politics; political efficacy; citizenship education; political aesthetics, performance and rhetoric; literary and dramatic representations of politics; and forms of deliberation and decision-making. Stephen has written widely on democracy, public engagement and the media, including How Voters Feel (CUP, 2013).

 

Michael Meadowcroft
Wednesday 31 May 2017: What's the Future of Democratic Politics? 

Michael Meadowcroft has been active in Liberal politics for over fifty years. He has been a Leeds City Councillor, a West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Councillor, and was MP for Leeds West, 1983-87. Over the past twenty years he has been mainly concerned with new and emerging democracies, and has led or been a member of some fifty missions to thirty-five countries. His academic thesis was on Leeds City government and he has lectured extensively on Leeds local history. Michael writes regularly and is the author of The Politics of Electoral Reform (Fourth Ed., 2016). Visit his website.

 

Phil MullanPhil Mullan
11 May 2017: Can We Manufacture An Economic Renaissance?

Phil Mullan combines business management with research and writing, primarily on economic matters. He is the author of Creative Destruction: How to start an economic renaissance(Policy Press, 2017), and The Imaginary Time Bomb: Why an Ageing Population is not a Social Problem (IB Tauris, 2000). In business, he is a director of Epping Consulting, having completed eight years in senior management roles with Easynet Global Services, an international communications services company. Previously he had been chief executive of the internet services and training company Cybercafé Ltd. Read Phil’s blog.

 

Prof Andrew BrownAndrew Brown
11 May 2017: Can We Manufacture An Economic Renaissance?

Andrew Brown is Professor of Economics and Political Economy and Divisional Director of Research at the University of Leeds Business School. HIs research advances explanations of key developments in economy and society. He has published on theories of value and growth, financialisation, the euro, job quality and satisfaction, well-being, infrastructure economics, and ICT. He also stresses the research importance of methodology and philosophy, and leads large-scale interdisciplinary research across economists, engineers, mathematicians, environmental scientists and social scientists within the ‘Financialisation, Economy, Society and Sustainable Development’ project. He works closely with policy makers, and has advised HM Treasury on infrastructure economics.

 

Mark Davis
11 May 2017: Can We Manufacture An Economic Renaissance?

Mark Davis is Associate Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Bauman Institute at the University of Leeds. A sociologist of economic life, he is primarily interested in the relationships between money, markets and morality. Mark is also a consultant to UK centre-left think tanks, chiefly Finance Innovation Lab, New Economics Foundation, and Compass, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He edited Liquid Sociology: Metaphor in Zygmunt Bauman’s Writings on Modernity (Routledge, 2013); and has authored numerous reports, most recently with T Braunholtz-Speight on Financial Innovation Today: Towards Economic Resilience (Bauman Institute, 2016).

 

Josie Appleton
12 April 2017: Rise of the Busybody State

Josie Appleton is convenor of the Manifesto Club; she oversees the club’s campaigns and publications, and coordinates the membership programme. She heads up the Campaign Against Vetting, and is author of its series of reports (starting with The Case Against Vetting in October 2006). She also founded and edits the Thinkpieces series, and chairs Manifesto Club salons. As a journalist and writer, she writes on the freedom issues of the day for a number of publications, and is the author of Officious: Rise of the Busybody State (2016).

 

Adam Crawford
12 April 2017: Rise of the Busybody State

Adam Crawford is Professor of Criminology, University of Leeds, and Director of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute. He is Director of the N8 Policing Research Partnership, a collaboration between universities and policing partners in the north of England. With Professor Shapland (Sheffield) he is exploring the use of restorative justice in policing. He is Co-Investigator on an AHRC project: ‘The future prospects of urban parks: The life, times and social order of Victorian public parks as places of social mixing’. Recent books include Legitimacy and Compliance in Criminal Justice (2013) and International and Comparative Criminal Justice and Urban Governance (2011).

 


 


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