Two events you don’t want to miss on the 31st of October!

Two exciting events are coming up on the 31st of October!

In the afternoon, the Education and Philosophy Seminar Series is putting on the following talk:

Charlotte Haines Lyon (York St John University):
Unpicking the neoliberal noose: working towards democratic parent engagement in a primary school
2pm-3.30pm Humanities Research Institute Seminar Room, Upper Hanover Street

Abstract: Parent engagement is often hailed as the panacea to all ills within the English education system, namely better achievement for children. I argue that such parent engagement is part of the neoliberal endeavour and functions at the expense of democracy. During my doctoral research, in a coastal primary school, I identified three key strands that entwine to form a neoliberal noose that strangles democratic parental engagement: 1) Lack of agency regarding parents within education. 2) Lack of space for parents to debate within schools, or nationally, education and education policy. 3) Lack of collective parent engagement due to the pervasive individualisation within the education system. In this seminar I will share the findings of my work with a group of parents and offer a lifeline to democratic parent engagement.

In the evening Sheffield’s famous Philosophy in the Showroom resumes for a new season:

Magic Mike XXL
introduced by Matthew Cull

6pm, Showroom Cinema

Theme: Masculinity
Magic Mike XXL offers much by way of rich themes for discussion, but here we’ll take a look at what it has to say about masculinity. Thinking through critiques of toxic masculinity, we will discuss whether Mike offers us an alternate and preferable vision of masculinity for the 21st century. 

Philosophy at the Showroom is a series of sessions probing the philosophical questions raised by some of cinema’s most intriguing films, and discussing books that have philosophical themes (either philosophical texts, or other works that raise philosophical questions). Our obligations to others, heroism, death, and the functioning of the mind are just some of the themes these screenings and the book events have explored. The talks will not presuppose any prior knowledge of philosophy, and we hope they will lead to the development of a thriving community of those interested in the subject in the city. Following the showing of the film, there will then be a short talk from a philosopher, and then general discussion. You will need to pay the usual Showroom ticket charge for seeing the film.