Academics from the Faculty of Social Sciences among line-up for the Festival of Debate 2024

This year's Festival of Debate will feature numerous academic staff from the Faculty of Social Sciences sharing their ideas and research within the three strands of Democracy, Inequality and Climate.

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The Festival of Debate is the largest annual politics festival in the UK, with a range of events taking place across South Yorkshire. In addition to collaborating with the University of Sheffield, the Festival of Debate works with a huge range of partners such as grassroots campaign groups, community groups and think tanks, both locally and internationally. The events programme reflects these communities in South Yorkshire and the broader movements for social change, with events such as Q&As, artistic responses, keynote speeches, performances and plays that explore politics, economics and society.

Festival activity featuring University of Sheffield academics and PhD students:

War! What is it Good For? University Arms Trade Links
Tue 16 April | 6:00 pm |Utopia Theatre
Dr Annapurna Menon (Politics and International Relations)
Dr Katy Fox-Hodess (Management School, Director of the Centre for Decent Work)
Hanzalah Yaqub (UoS student and member of the UoS Palestine Society)

With the clothes on our backs and a song on our lips
Wed 17 April | 5:30-7pm | Mappin Hall
Dr Surabhi Shukla (School of Law)
Organised in partnership with the Lectures on Gender and Sexuality series produced by the School of Law

AI: Threats & Opportunities for the Media
Thu 25 April |6:00pm | online
Nabila Cruz de Carvalho (Sociological Studies)

Blurring the Edges: research, art & collaboration (an exhibition)
Tue 23 April - Thu 16 May | 9am-4pm | The Circle
Dr Aneta Piekut (Sheffield Methods Institute)
Prof. Gwilym Pryce (Economics)
Dr Henry Staples (Urban Studies and Planning)

Food Waste: Whose responsibility is it?
Thurs 2 May | 1-3pm | online
Ollie Chesworth (Geography - Grantham Scholar)

Making Party Politics Work Better for Us
Wed 15 May | 6-7:30pm | venue tbc
academics tbc 

Marianna Spring: Among the trolls - my journey through conspiracyland
Sat 18 May | time and venue tbc
Kate Dommett (Politics and International Relations)

Living in a Future City
Tues 21 May | 2-3.30pm | online
Fiona Mcbride (Management School - Grantham Scholar)
Professor Liz Sharp (Department of Urban Studies and Planning)

The State of Britain: a public lecture
Fri 24 May | 6:30-8:30pm | Sheffield Town Hall
Professor Andrew Gamble (Politics and International Relations)