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"Calm Down Dear" - How Angry Should Politics Get?


Sage Two

Tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis

Duration – 3.45pm - 4.45pm


Prime Minister David Cameron was accused of sexism when he put-down an impassioned female MP. But what is the role of anger in politics and campaigning – from suffragism and black activism to Brexit? What does it mean to feel that your political position is righteous? At a time of rising tempers among electorates, should we all “calm down” – or harness our rage? Shahidha Bari chairs.

Kehinde Andrews is Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University. His books include Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century and Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement. He writes opinion pieces for The GuardianIndependent and Ebony Magazine.

Fern Ridell is a historian whose latest book Death In Ten Minutes, is about the Suffragette bomber and birth control activist, Kitty Marion. She writes for The Guardian, Huffington PostTimes Higher EducationThe Telegraph and is a columnist for BBC History Magazine. She has been a consultant for BBC’s Ripper StreetDecline and Fall and ITV2’s TimeWasters.

Will Davies is a political economist at Goldsmiths, University of London and co-director of the Political Economy Research Centre. His books include Nervous States: How feeling Took Over the World and The Happiness Industry: How the government & big business sold us well-being. He has written for The Guardian, The New Statesmanand The Atlantic.

Jo Anne Nadler is a political journalist and former producer/reporter on BBC Political Programmes who has appeared on national TV programmes including Question Time, Start the Week and Sky News. She has been a Conservative councillor in the London borough of Wandsworth and her books include William Hague – In His Own Right and Too Nice to be a Tory.

Shahidha Bari is Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and Fellow of the Forum for European Philosophy at the LSE. She was one of the first BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers in 2011. She writes for the TLSTimes HigherThe Guardianand Financial Times and appears as a critic on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Saturday Review. A presenter of radio documentaries and BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking – her book about the philosophy of dress is out later this year.

For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Friday 15 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Friday 1 March.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.

Booking Information

To guarantee your ticket, book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

Venue: Sage Two

Tickets: Free, ticketed (Max 4 per person)