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Politics of Fear, Politics of Hope?

Professor the Baroness Haleh Afshar OBE, AcSS, will be the guest speaker at the next Ebor lecture being held on Wednesday 9 February at York St John University.

In a lecture entitled ‘The Politics of Fear: What does it mean to those who are otherised and feared?’, Haleh Afshar will discuss the topic in the context of the current series theme: ‘Politics of Fear, Politics of Hope? Terrorism in the 21st Century’. Acts of terrorism and the perceived threat of terrorism are seen to be changing our world. Some argue that freedom is being eroded and liberty curtailed through the deliberate building up of a climate of fear. This series of Ebor Lectures will explore these issues of freedom and security, the politics of fear and the politics of hope.

Haleh Afshar teaches Politics and Women's Studies at the University of York and serves as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. In 2005 she was awarded an OBE for services to equal opportunities.

She is a founding member of the Muslims Women’s Network UK and has served as its Chair and is currently its Honorary president. She has served on the Home Office’s Working Group on ‘engaging with women’ and is a member of the Home Office’s Preventing Extremism Together (PET) Working Group.

The Ebor lectures are an ecumenical project jointly organised by York St John University, York Minster, The Order of Carmelites, The Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire & the Humber and York Institute for Community Theology.

Since their launch in 2006, the Lectures have established an enviable reputation with prestigious speakers, promoting debate on topical issues and broadening discussion.  Held annually, past speakers have included Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, Robert Peston, the BBC’s Business Editor and legendary parliamentarian Tony Benn.

For further information please contact Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk


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