#9 Digesting Politics

Thanks to an a-n bursary, we are now planning a new series of Digesting Politics lunches across the UK.

Download the placemat and poster for the lunches, designed by Europa.

Upcoming:

23 September, 11am – 3pm

tea and cake at Grand Union, Birmingham

Free, book here

You are cordially invited to tea, cake and a discussion about men in politics. Despite the UK’s two male prime ministers, only 208 out of 650 MPs are men. Why are men much less likely to run for office? Many people just believe that men aren’t ambitious enough or can’t be bothered with all the ugliness of the public political sphere.

Well, this doesn’t sound right, does it? You’ve probably realised by now that we deleted the letters w and o. Seems strange to talk about men’s politics, doesn’t it? Just like we would never say it’s a “men’s art show” when it is all male. Why are we using these categories and narratives? What does it mean to divide political processes along gender lines? Why is it still so binary?

Can we find a productive context to discuss gender and politics, without falling into the usual stereotypes? What does it mean to be billed as a female politician? Why did 53% of white women vote for Trump? Why does Jacob Rees-Mogg’s daughter have only one name, while his sons have several? Does a pink bus get you more interested in politics than a red or a yellow one?

Join us to discuss these and more questions at our third Digesting Politics in Birmingham.

14 July, 6pm

Dinner at Collective Edinburgh

Free, book here

Following the final session of Collective’s summer school, Ground Meets Horizon, we’re celebrating the end of the week with a relaxed, free, meal. The event will be an opportunity to talk about politics over some delicious food and drinks. The day’s newspapers, from the Mail to the Guardian will be available, so if you don’t feel like talking you can also sit quietly in a corner, catching up on the news. If English is not your first language or you’d like to read a newspaper from another country, email Keep It Complex and they’ll try to buy a copy.

23 July, 10.30 am

Brunch at Resort Studios Margate

Free, book here

We have invited local politicians, artists and campaigners to share a delicious Sunday morning brunch with us. So far our confirmed guests are Sir Roger Gale MP (Conservatives), Cllr Suzanne Brimm (UKIP), Cllr Barry Lewis and Cllr Karen Constantine (Labour) and John Finnegan (Lib Dems).

BYO opinions, food and activities will be provided. Children are very welcome. Let us know if you have any food allergies.