The Merits of Civility: Nish Kumar, Priyamvada Gopal and Hussein Kesvani in conversation with Nikesh Shukla

Friday 5th July 2019
19:00 at Waterstones, London - Piccadilly

The Merits of Civility: Nish Kumar, Priyamvada Gopal and Hussein Kesvani in conversation with Nikesh Shukla

Presented by ERC-TIDE, in partnership with Waterstones

What place does “civilised debate” have in today’s political climate?

Do ideas of civility hark back to colonial ideas of “civilising savages”?


In association with the TIDE Project, Nikesh Shukla will be hosting Nish, Priyamvada, and Hussein in store for a discussion around the merits of civilised debates, and whether absolutes can ever lead to nuanced conversation.


Nish Kumar is a critically acclaimed comic. Alongside five critically lauded, and much-loved solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, he hosts The Mash Report on BBC Two. He has also hosted BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack, co-hosts The Bugle podcast, and the Netflix series Joel & Nish Vs The World, as well as regularly appearing on numerous panel shows including Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week, and QI.


Priyamvada Gopal is University Reader in Anglophone and Related Literatures in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge and Fellow Churchill College. She is the author of Literary Radicalism in India and The Indian English Novel. Her latest work – Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent – upsets received views to show how rebellious colonies changed British attitudes to empire.


Hussein Kesvani is a journalist, editor and producer. He is the Europe editor of MEL Magazine, and has written for BuzzFeed, Vice, The Guardian, the New Statesman and The Spectator. He is the author of Follow Me, Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims, a rich exploration of the world of memes and influencers, Muslim dating apps, and alt-right Islamophobes, considering how a new generation of young Muslims who have grown up with the internet are using social media to determine their religious identity on their own terms.


Nikesh Shukla will be hosting this event. Nikesh is a writer and social commentator. He is the author of Coconut Unlimited – which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 – Meatspace, and The One Who Wrote Destiny. He was the editor of The Good Immigrant, co-edited The Good Immigrant USA, and continues to edit The Good Journal. He has also written a young adult novel – Run, Riot – and co-founded The Good Literary Agency.  He is ERC-TIDE's visiting writer for 2018-19.


Please join us for what promises to be a fantastic evening of discussion.

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