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May 2019

Justify My Love: Ryann Donnelly in conversation with Jessica Hopper

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Women and Children First, 5233 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
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In Justify My Love, Ryann Donnelly explores sex and gender in one of the most widely consumed art forms of our age — the music video. Through an autobiographical reckoning with the author’s life in a band and collaboration with past lovers, and a close analysis of the erotic iconography of music videos, Justify My Love tells the subversive history of this medium, from the inception of MTV in 1981 through to the 2010s. Covering everything from Lady Gaga and

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June 2019

Paris as Textual Space

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shakespeare & Company, 37 Rue de la Bucherie
Paris, France

Paris as fetishised object, as lived-in place, as site of experiential process; as a written entity. Andrew Gallix and Andrew Hodgson talk literary engagement with the city of Paris, to mark the publication of two edited collections on the topic. They will be joined by contributors to both books, who will read from their work.

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Strange Hate: Keith Kahn-Harris and Devorah Baum

June 24 @ 7:00 pm
Daunt Books, 51 South End Rd Hampstead,
£5

How did antisemitism get so strange? In this passionate yet closely-argued polemic, Keith Kahn-Harris, author of Denial: the Unspeakable Truth, argues that the emergence of a selective anti-racism demonstrates how far we are from understanding what living in diverse societies really means. Strange Hate calls for us to rethink how we view not just Jews and antisemitism, but the challenge of living with diversity. Keith will be in conversation with Devorah Baum, author of Feeling Jewish and The Jewish Joke.

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July 2019

Why speak when you can sing?

July 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Messums Wiltshire, Count St
Salisbury, United Kingdom

Why Speak When You Can Sing?, a panel discussion on the differences between the spoken and written word and song will be chaired by Tariq Goddard of Repeater Books with contributions from authors Ryann Donnelly, whose new book Justify My Love explores sex and gender in one of the most consumed art forms of our age – the music video – and Nathalie Olah whose writing focuses on the intersection between politics and contemporary culture, with an emphasis on marginalized

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Ron Purser and Gary Gach in conversation in San Francisco

July 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Avenue at Lincoln
San Francisco, CA 94122 United States
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Join Ron Purser, author of McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality, in conversation with Gary Gach, author of Pause, Breathe, Smile, at Green Apple Books on the Park. From celebrity endorsements to monks, neuroscientists and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have even called it a revolution.­But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become a banal form of capitalist

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August 2019

McMindfulness: Ronald E.Purser and Daniel Simpson

August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Watkins Bookshop, 19-21 Cecil Ct
London, WC2N 4EZ

Hear from Mindful Cranks podcast host and Professor of Management at San Francisco University Ronald E. Purser in conversation with yoga teacher Daniel Simpson, to shine a critical light on the so-called ‘mindfulness revolution’. From celebrity endorsements to monks, neuroscientists and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have even called it a revolution. But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become

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McMindfulness: Ronald E. Purser in conversation

August 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0DT

Hear from Mindful Cranks podcast host and Professor of Management at San Francisco University Ronald E. Purser in conversation with Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Cass Business School, Andre Spicer to shine a critical light on the so-called ‘mindfulness revolution’. Drawing on his perceptive new book McMindfulness, Purser will challenge continuing narratives about self-imposed stress. He will suggest that corporations, schools and governments have co-opted spiritual practices for social control, and will encourage us to look at the history of

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McMindfulness: Ronald Purser in conversation with Hettie O’Brien

August 8 @ 6:30 pm
People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, 14 Hillgrove St
Bristol,

From celebrity endorsements to monks, neuroscientists and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have even called it a revolution.But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become a banal form of capitalist spirituality that mindlessly avoids social and political transformation, reinforcing the neoliberal status quo? Writer + Academic Ronald Purser will be joining us in conversation with Hettie O'Brien to debunk the

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McMindfulness: Ronald Purser in Cardiff!

August 9 @ 1:00 pm
Cardiff University Cardiff,

McMindfulness: Ron Purser in Conversation Mindfulness is now all the rage. From celebrity endorsements to monks, neuroscientists and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have even called it a revolution.­ But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become a banal form of capitalist spirituality that mindlessly avoids social and political transformation, reinforcing the neoliberal status quo? In­ McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became

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Ron Purser and David Van Nuys in conversation in Sebastopol, California

August 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Copperfield’s, Sebastopol, CA, 138 North Main Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472 United States
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Join Ron Purser, author of McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality, in conversation with David Van Nuys, host of Shrink Rap Radio, at Copperfield's Bookstore. From celebrity endorsements to monks, neuroscientists and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have even called it a revolution.­But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become a banal form of capitalist spirituality that mindlessly

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