Enlightenment Corner: 13-19 September
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That's right, we're back to make you all enlightened and shit. You may have killed a few brain cells over the summer - but it's back to school time, kids, and you'll learn something if we can help it. So strap on your rucksack, sharpen your pencils, and get your knowledge face on - let's get learned up in here.
In many ways, Britain resembles a pimply teenager. Not because of our high STD rate (though it is) or because we're petulant cry babies (though we are), but because of our acute identity crisis. On the one hand, we've got rad Uncle Jeremy crusading against overfilled trains and structural inequality; on the other hand, there's Jacob Rees-Mogg and his skinny mug campaigning for a return to 18th-century values. As always, IQ2 has brought together some brainies to talk out the UK's political polarity.
Imagine joining a punk band, protesting the Russian Orthodox Church by performing a musical diatribe against the Church's structural support for your country's autocratic leader, being arrested and sentenced to two years in prison, being catapulted to an international figurehead of political resistance, and finally being released as a PR move ahead of the Sochi Olympics. Well, that shit happened to Maria Alyokhina, political activist and one third of Pussy Riot. She'll be discussing her unwitting journey with avant-garde musician Cosey Fanni Tutti.
Brexit's like a shitty Midas, turning everything it touches to shit. Even the tech industry isn't safe - Lisbon looks to be overtaking London as Europe's tech capital as startups increasingly set up shop in the Portuguese capital. This talk will explore how government support, entrepreneurism and technological capacity attract talent and investment to a city - and how London is failing or succeeding on all those counts.
Fri 15th-Sat 16th
Look inside you. Yes, you. Who are you? What do you think you are and why do you keep ogling us like that? That's, in a nutshell, the premise of this set of three talks which unpack the intersections between what goes on in our mind, what happens in our body and how that affects our place in, and our conception of, the world we live in.
You may have taken a look at those photos of white supremacists marching through the streets of Charlottesville and thought to yourself, 'That would never happen here' with a smug smile. Well, don't get so damn complacent. Remember Brexit? Colonialism? The way systemic oppression functions unseen in our everyday lives? Sunday Assembly is taking stock of domestic racism with Camille Barton, founding director of The Collective Liberation Project.