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October 2019

‘Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined’ with JJ Bola

Wednesday October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

What is masculinity? Dominating the world around us, from Trump's twitter outbursts to deadly gun violence, from male suicide rates to incels on Reddit and 4chan, masculinity is perceived to be 'toxic', 'fragile' and 'in crisis'. In Mask Off, JJ Bola exposes masculinity as a performance that men are socially conditioned into. Using examples of non-Western cultural traditions, music and sport, he shines light on historical narratives around manhood, debunking popular myths along the way. He explores how LGBTQ men, men…

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‘Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ + Culture’ with Amelia Abraham

Wednesday October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

Today, the options and freedoms on offer to LGBTQ+ people living in the West are greater than ever before. But is same-sex marriage, improved media visibility and corporate endorsement all it’s cracked up to be? At what cost does this acceptance come? And who is getting left behind, particularly in parts of the world where LGBTQ+ rights aren’t so advanced? Combining intrepid journalism with her own personal experience, Amelia Abraham searches for the answers to these urgent challenges, as well…

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Solidarity with Catalonia Event with Ignasi Bernat, Liz Castro, Robert Knox and David Whyte

Friday October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

Protests have raged in Barcelona for over a week after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan independence leaders to long prison sentences. This Friday at 7pm, one of the main activists from Catalonia's independent movement, Liz Castro, and three experts, David Whyte (author of How Corrupt is Britain?), Ignasi Bernat and Rob Knox, will be at the shop to explain and discuss the situation including these latest developments. Join us if you'd like to understand and find out more about…

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FREE EVENT: Mental Health Discussion Group

Monday October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
Free

A safe space for people to express, vent and share their fears, worries and concerns about the current political climate in the UK and globally and the impact it has on our collective psyche - and maybe even come up with some constructive ways of coping, convened by licensed therapist Hal M. Both in the course of his practice and in discussion with friends, Hal has noted that political anxieties - such as Trump, Brexit, Boris Johnson, racism, elitism, sexism,…

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‘Here to Stay, Here to Fight – A Race Today Anthology’ with Leila Hassan, Farrukh Dhondy and Adam Elliott Cooper

Wednesday October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

From 1973 to 1988, Race Today, the journal of the revolutionary Race Today Collective was at the epicentre of the struggle for racial justice in Britain. Placing race, sex and social class at the core of its analysis, it featured in its articles and pamphlets contributions from some of the leading writers and activists of the time: C. L. R. James, Darcus Howe, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Walter Rodney, Bobby Sands, Farrukh Dhondy and Mala Sen and many…

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FREE EVENT: The Third Annual Housmans Witchy Night

Thursday October 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Following the success of the previous two years, your fave feminist witchy night is back! Expect witchy tunes, potions to drink and discount on cool witchy and feminist titles. More info to follow... This event is free, but to help us manage space, please RSVP below to nab your spot. Image credit and copyright Louise Pomeroy - check out more of her work here!

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November 2019

AUTONOMY NOW presents: ‘Louise Michel, a French anarchist in London’ with Constance Bantman and Martyn Everett

Friday November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We’re delighted to announce that Constance Bantman and Martyn Everett will share and discuss new research on one of the most influential French political figures in the second half of the 19th century plus one of the most powerful women political theorists of her day. If you have never heard of Louise Michel before, or are merely curious about anarchism, then this is also an ideal way to get into the topic. You have two excellent speakers who really know…

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‘Why I am a Pacifist’ with Tim Gee

Wednesday November 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

Tim Gee tells the story of why he became a pacifist and what it means to him. Gee reflects on the lives of peacemakers past and present to provide responses to questions like “Don’t we have to hit back if we're hurt?”, “Don’t we need war to respond to evil?” and “Doesn’t religion justify wars?”. This is a critique of war, but more than that, it stakes a claim for pacifism's feminist and anti-racist qualities. This is a call for…

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David Rovics + Steve White and The Protest Family

Friday November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

David Rovics + Steve White and The Protest Family Tickets £8 Waged / £6 Unwaged / £10 Solidarity Price  Tickets @ tiny.cc/rovicshousmans Advance booking recommended David Rovics is returning to London, for an intimate unplugged show at Housmans. A truly global favourite amongst those who enjoy folk and radical songcraft, this is a show not to be missed. Supporting him will be  the much loved Steve White & The Protest Family. It's a small bookshop show, so tickets are limited and advanced booking…

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Off the Fence presents: ‘The Troubles with Democracy’ with Jeff Noonan, Rebecca Davnall and Michael Neu

Wednesday November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

Our guests launch a new book series, ‘Off the Fence: Morality, Politics and Society’ which will be publishing short, sharply argued texts in applied moral and political philosophy, with an interdisciplinary focus. The series constitutes a source of arguments on the substantive issues applied philosophers are concerned with: contemporary real-world issues relating to violence, human nature, justice, equality and democracy, self and society. The point of the series is to demonstrate applied philosophy to be at once rigorous, relevant and…

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