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Reviewing for the Brighton Salon Culture Wars




I've been waiting for an excuse to get the blog together and have found one at last.

I've been involved with the Brighton Salon for the last couple of years.  Its a group of people, interested in challenging ideas, who meet regularly around Brighton, listen to visiting speakers and get stuck into important issues.  One of the best things, for me, about the Salon, is that I get to talk and think about all the things that made me interested in being an academic in the first place, but without it being 'work'.  Discussions are jargon free, focussed on current events and devoid of having to think about careers, deadlines or evaluation and assessment.  You never know quite where the discussion will take you, with a healthy mixture of people getting involved; 6th form and uni students, academics and people from the real world out there.

When Dan Travis, who co-ordinates the Salon, asked me to get involved with reviewing for the Culture Wars section of their website I saw an opportunity to put my money where my mouth is.  Dan thought the idea of historians using their skills to review contemporary cultural events was a good one.  I wanted to take this one step further.  I always talk about teaching as a collaboration between students and faculty, and that's certainly what I aspire to, if not always deliver.  On the whole I've done pretty well out of that collaboration, my research is constantly reformed and shaped by the interests and input of students.    So when facebook told me that one of my students, Ash Arcadian, and I were going to the same gig I jumped at the chance to rope him into some co-reviewing.   The review is here

I'm really interested in developing this sort of project further, and the Salon are too. So am looking for students who want to do some reviewing, music, art, theatre etc etc, that will use their academic interests to shed an interesting light on current events.  Hows that for transferable skills?




Did you hear the one about...



Back for a new term in a new year and I can't think of a better way to start it than by offending a few people. 

The Brighton Salon, which I've posted about before on my blog, is celebrating its 3rd year.  Its been a great few years and the next session proves to be entertaining as well as challenging.  It also stars one of our very own - Simon Fanshawe ex-sussex student and later Chair of Council as well as writer, broadcaster and comedian.  Simon will be joined by Tim Black, senior writer for Spiked on-line to discuss whether its possible to still be satirical today, chaired by the Salon's own Sean Bell.

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: The Open House

It seems that the closest we come to political satire is to go through the motions of monotonously and superficially asserting the tired cultural norm of cynicism towards authority.

The demand for a new satire continues to go unsatisfied. Has its chance of resurrection been irreparably damaged by new laws governing offence and the more insidious cultural unwillingness to upset anyone?

Is the upsurge of participation in stand-up comedy a new opportunity for satire to emerge? Finally, when the content of comedy seems all 'observational' and sketch based, we should ask 'What happened to the joke?"

Readings have been posted on the Brighton Salon Facebook Group.

The Brighton Salon meetings have been increasing in popularity, we now reach capacity quickly and can only guarantee a place if you book with us in advance. to do this please go to

Look forward to seeing you there.


It's all my Mum and Dad's fault



It's the start of a new rainy term and I can't think of a better way to kick it off than a ding dong at the Brighton Salon.  For those of you who are new to Splash! the Brighton Salon has been running for a number of years and brings together people from across Brighton, including but not solely the Universities, to engage with contensious and current debates.  Always challenging, never dull.  I thought that the next Salon might be particularly interesting for those Freshers who are just in the process of negotiating their new independent lives. (and probably their parents too!)

"Is this the Jilted Generation ?"

Bellerbys College, Brighton October 19th 7.15pm for 7.30pm

Event details

Generation Y is in revolt. Young people born since the Thatcher years can’t afford a house, they protest. Even the top graduates can’t get jobs that pay well and they think politics - voting or protesting - is pointless. Their parents, born of the post-war boom, received free education and jobs for life. ‘Britain’s young people are insecure, unstable and poor, (while) their parents are the richest generation ever to have lived and they have flatly failed to share the wealth,’ argue twenty-something journalists Ed Howker and Shiv Malik. Their book Jilted Generation describes how the Baby Boomer generation, ‘seemingly squandered a nation’s communal wealth, turned their backs on society and broke all barriers in a lifelong quest to express themselves’. Gen Y writer Neil Boorman is even more blunt in blaming the boomers, calling his manifesto It’s all their fault.

We need to know if you would like to attend as we only have a limited number of places available. Please email Dan Travis - The Brighton Salon <>






Why museums hide human remains and the crisis of cultural authority



The Sight of the Living Dead: Why museums hide human remains and the crisis of cultural authority 
with Dr Tiffany Jenkins 
 The Open House Pub, Springfield Road, Brighton on Wednesday 16th February 2011 at 7.15pm

The Brighton Salon is known for facing tricky questions face on.  As heritage and humanities industries feel under attack at home, and with images of protesters circling the Egyption Antiquities Museum in our minds, the Brighton salon looks at the position of human remains within museums.

Museums were founded to show the public the results and artifacts of archaeological, scientific and historical research, but some museums in Britain are now questioning that role by locking away human remains. 

Institutions that once shared the privileges of knowledge are becoming reluctant to display the bodies that have taught us so much about the origins of the peoples of today and the environments they lived in.

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