Ed Fornieles Cel
20 March – 20 April 2019Publication: Cel

Podcast: Cel – Debrief, 2019
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

23 March 2019, 7pm
Incels and ContraPoints Is De-Radicalizing Young, Right-Wing Men – Screening and Discussion

"The far right is the dominant political community on YouTube. It's a flourishing world of men's rights activists, libertarians, anti-feminist atheists, and white nationalists. There are whole channels dedicated to showing "social justice warriors" getting "owned" by various conservative provocateurs. And this has gone largely unanswered by the left. Enter Natalie Wynn, who's trying to de-radicalize this part of YouTube with an unexpected mix of philosophy and elaborate costumes. And she's making some headway." (Vice News, HBO)

"I'm a PhD dropout who makes videos on the internet, mostly discussing social justice issues and adjacent topics. My political aim is to counterbalance the hatred toward progressive movements that is so common online. Stylistically, I try to appeal to a wide audience and avoid merely preaching to the choir. I try to make the videos I'd want to watch: well-produced, informative, funny, and entertaining." (ContraPoints)


30 March 2019, 7pm
The Work – Screening and Discussion

A documentary set inside a single room in Folsom State Prison, where unimprisoned men participate in an intensive four-day group therapy together with incarcerated men for a real look at the social, economic and cultural challenges of rehabilitation.


3 April 2019, 7pm
Post-Patriarchal Masculinity – Panel Discussion

The subject of "masculinity in crisis" has become an increasingly divisive topic as the expectations associated with male identity no longer ring true economically or socially; it's codes of behaviour have become lost, what was formally thought of as strengths are now considered by many to be toxic and damaging. Some have taken a reactionary stance to this crisis/criticism, advocating for a doubling down of patriarchal thinking as a solution. The other model, which sees patriarchal masculinity as damaging both to those who perform it and those who come into contact with it, requires a rejection of patriarchal thinking and a new masculine model that eradicates "a will to dominate mind set".

The participants in this panel will be discussing the factors contributing to a crisis in masculinity, which positions are gaining traction and asking what alternative post patriarchal models might emerge.

Daniel Artus is a Researcher and Co-Organiser of the Towards Post-Patriarchal Masculinities Conference, which will take place at SOAS in June 2019.


Kennedy Walker is a campaigner and writer who's worked on issues ranging from migrant rights to housing. He's written for the Guardian, Media Diversified and has appeared on the BBC and Sky a number of times to speak on social and economic justice issues. Kennedy's a co-founder of KIN, an organisation that networks black organisers, activists, and campaigners. he's particularly interested in the mechanics of social movements, race, class, and queerness".


Rebecca Sharp is a student of psychoanalysis about to begin training in psychodynamic therapy. Also committed to alternate modes of therapeutic work, studying craniosacral therapy and participating in groups that use Gestalt therapy and Hoffman method. Lives between London and Italy.


Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson is an artist, facilitator and organiser. Her work primarily concerns decolonial realities, embodied healing as social justice and The Future World as a site for galvanising a free and just world - she makes performance (The Yard, Shrinking Space, LADA), workshops (Cardboard Citizens, Advocacy Academy, BAC), poetry (Green Man Festival, Southbank Centre Poetry International, Roundhouse Slam Finalist). She is co-founder of Hit The Ground - a theatre project creating transformative immersive experiences nurturing personal and societal connection - leading public workshops as well residencies and collaborationswith Barbican, Cardboard Citizens and Freeword Centre. She is family artist-in-residence at Camden Arts Centre and has also worked with Actors For Human Rights, BAC, Cardboard Citizens and Advocacy Academy Antiuniversity, DIY Space For London


5 April 2019, 7pm
Open Mic Therapy

Open Mic night was originally conceived in 2015 in Los Angeles by artists Ed Fornieles and Ann Hirsch as a place to test their comedic skills. After the first event it was clear that the funnies were perhaps not the most interesting element of the evening.

After several nights, stand-up comedy slowly gave way to open mics, where people were able to talk openly about their experiences, feelings and hopes in a supportive environment without the pressure of being comedic geniuses. Each evening, people attending were welcome to get up on stage and talk freely about their experiences around a given subject. Join us for this open mic night where we will talk about men and masculinity, using the open mic format to collectively unpack this ubiquitous identity form. Everyone welcome, including the curious observer.

This Open Mic night will be hosted by comedian, screenwriter and director Simon Amstell


17 April 2019, 7pm
Male Identity, the Alt-Right and Violent Extremism – Panel Discussion

Through anonymous forums, the surge of far-right ideologies has propagated fascist ideals of masculinity, gender norms and sexuality and has bred outbursts of misogyny, anti-feminism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, and hyper-nationalism. These digital influences, which started with pop-psychology, neo-reactionary image-boards, forums, blogs and social media have had devastating and violent consequences such as the recent attacks on two mosques in New Zealand. Difficult questions continue to emerge as to why individuals are attracted to these narratives in the first place.

The panel will discuss these themes, looking specifically at how current ideas of patriarchal masculinity are feeding into these groups, their ideas and their actions. It will further contemplate actions that may be taken to prevent the continuation of such violence.

Amir Massoumian is currently an anthropology PhD candidate at SOAS University, researching the far-right in London. Following on from his previous thesis "We want our country back": attitudes towards immigration in London pubs, his recent work focuses on more extreme factions, particularly on notions of identity. He has a background in psychology and has experience as a mental health worker both for the NHS and suicide prevention call-centres.

Jacob Davey is a Research Manager at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue where he leads on research into the far-right. His research focuses on the role of digital communication in inter-communal conflict, internet culture, online hate speech and the international far-right. In addition to this he has led a number of projects piloting novel models for identifying extremist conversation online as well as interventions to counter this phenomenon. He has advised national and local policymakers on right-wing extremism, including the Home Affairs Select Committee, and has lead trainings with frontline practitioners on the mobilisation strategies of extremist groups. He has provided commentary on extremism-related issues in a number of platforms including The Guardian, The Independent, and The BBC, and also sits as a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right.

Julia Ebner is a Research Fellow at the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), specialising in far-right extremism, reciprocal radicalisation and European terrorism prevention initiatives. She is the author of the bestselling book The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism as well as several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and policy briefings. On the basis of her research, Julia advises parliamentary working groups, frontline workers and tech firms, speaks at international conferences and delivers workshops in schools and universities. She regularly writes for the Guardian and the Independent and gives interviews in English, German and French on the BBC, CNN, ZDF, ARD, France24, Al Jazeera, LBC and others. Before joining ISD, Julia worked as a Senior Researcher at the counter-extremism organisation Quilliam, where she led research projects on terrorism prevention for the European Commission and the Kofi Annan Foundation and gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on far-right extremism.



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