Are You Being Heard? Representing Britain on TV with Lenny Henry and others – Goldsmiths, 22 March, 6pm

Are You Being Heard? A Question Time event on Representing Britain on TV

Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 6 pm

Venue: Professor Stuart Hall (PSH LG02), Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

Confirmed participants:

Sir Lenny Henry (Actor, Writer and TV Presenter)

Bev Skeggs (Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Dawn Foster (Writer on politics, social affairs and economics for The Guardian, London Review of Books, Independent and Times Literary Supplement)

Dr Rupa Huq (MP for Ealing Central and Acton)

chaired by Pat Younge (MD of Sugar Films; former BBC Chief Creative Officer)

Please email your questions in advance to Vana Goblot –

To book free tickets, please click here

Questions of diversity are at the centre of debates concerning the politics and performance of television in the UK. Public service television, in particular, is charged with representing  all the constituent parts of the population and when it doesn’t do this, we have to ask why. This ‘Question Time’ style event will hear from a range of experts and activists on how Britain is represented on TV and will be inviting questions from audience members in advance. The event is part of the Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Television chaired by Lord Puttnam. It has been set up to examine the roles and responsibilities of British television in a digital world and to make recommendations on how television can foster a more creative and robust role in the 21st century. The Inquiry is based in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London and project partners include the Guardian, BAFTA, Vice UK, the British Academy and the Hansard Society. The Inquiry is organising a series of events across the UK and will be producing a final Report at the end of june 2016. See for more details.


Des Freedman

Professor of Media and Communications
Department of Media and Communications
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London SE14 6NW, UK

About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018) and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Social Media (due 2020 with Polity Press). Tony is the organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK (see archive on this blog). As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Tony has been project lead on a number of funded projects that bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach. These activities have included large conferences, symposia and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres, co-organized with community groups and local authorities. Tony occasionally blogs at: Full academic profile:
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