25 March 2014Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Venue: Fogg Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary, Mile End Campus
This event will discuss Michael Kenny’s new book, The Politics of English Nationhood, published by Oxford University of Press
Michael is a Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, and is a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellow.
He will be joined in discussing the arguments of his book by:
- Dr Judith Bara, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Queen Mary
- Jon Cruddas, MP: Chair of the Labour Party Policy Review
- Matthew D'Ancona: Political Editor of The Sunday Telegraph and Visiting Professor at Queen Mary
- Andrew Gamble: Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge
The panellists will discuss the main implications of a growing sense of English nationhood for British politics, especially for current debates about the future of the United Kingdom and the UK’s position in European Union. They will also consider Kenny’s argument that a number of other social trends - including the rise of economic insecurity, an increase in inequality and resentment between the main social classes, and disillusion with mainstream politics - are connected to the rise of English nationhood. And they will explore the different ways in which an English identity might be recognised in cultural, institutional and political terms.
The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.