Who Has the Right to Speak?
Price: £8/ £6
Who Has the Right to Speak?
The government bans unacceptable speakers from entering the country. Courts jail ‘hate preachers’. Social media companies delete ‘offensive’ accounts. Companies sack workers for ‘inappropriate’ comments. Student unions no-platform feminist ‘transphobes’. Twitter mobs hound people off social media. Academics set up a journal to allow researchers, fearful for their jobs, to publish anonymously.
Is freedom of speech under threat in Britain? Are we living in particularly censorious times? How does the debate about free speech relate to the growth of identity politics? What should be the limits to freedom of expression? Does the promotion of free speech undermine campaigns to limit bigotry and hatred? How can we encourage public debate about controversial issues when many find any discussion of such issues offensive? Author and commentator Kenan Malik explores the history of free speech, analyses the contemporary status of freedom of expression, and lays out what we need to do for the future.
This event is part of our annual Coleridge Series, inspired by Coleridge’s wide-ranging and radical lectures in Bristol in the 1790s.
How to Book/
Online booking is via Eventbrite and managed by Festival of Ideas. Please use the contact function in Eventbrite or get in touch with any online booking queries. Tickets are also available to buy in person at Waterstones Bristol Galleries or on 0117 925 2274. Waterstones Loyalty Card holders can purchase tickets at the concession rate in person at the Galleries shop.
Please note that you will be asked of proof for your eligibility for a concession ticket. Concessions apply to Full Time Students, Job Seekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit claimants, over 60s and disabled people. Staff, students or members at the following organisations: Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Business West, University of Bristol and UWE can purchase tickets at the Partner Rate. Please note that no refunds/exchanges are possible for tickets already purchased at the higher price.
Please use Union Street Entrance only. Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit or issue refunds to latecomers. Please make sure to arrive before the advertised start time to take your seat/s. Refunds are only available if an event is cancelled.
The Festival of Ideas endeavours to hold its events in venues that are accessible to all. Events in Waterstones are amplified but there is no loop system. There are toilets for public use. If you have specific access concerns, please contact us with any questions.
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