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Special Event: My Generation Panel Debate

Come and join us for the ‘ Middlesex Uni My Generation’ debate, where students and academic staff debate the motion: Brexit. Lack of affordable housing. Austerity. A shrinking job market. Are the older generation to blame for the mess younger people have to deal with?Featuring students from Media Foundation and BA English and staff from Media and Theatre Arts. Come and have your say about your generation in what promises to be a lively and fun debate!

Are today’s young generation too sensitive, easily offended, over emotional, or is the simple truth is that according to research ‘more politically active and engaged, better connected, more gender and sexually fluid, more open about mental health, better at self care, oh, and less likely to smoke and drink alcohol than the rest of us.

What Millennials Should Learn From Generation Z, Natalie Gil, 4th April 2018

“Today’s young grow up into a violent, angry, unstable environment, all too likely to end up jobless, homeless and childless, unlikely to reach their full potential. They are probably the most despairing generation ever conceived. If the new millennials – at best dependent on the bank of mum and dad, at worst on benefits in a shrinking job market – should despise and hate the old, it’s not surprising.”

Blame parents for ‘snowflake’ millennials, Fay Weldon, The Guardian 28th Sep 2018

Generation Snowflake… hysterical cry babies or millennial activists society needs right now?

The Sun, 2nd April 2017

About the Speakers:

Deborah Klika

Deborah Klika is a Senior Lecturer in Television and Film at Middlesex University, London, UK. Deborah’s area of research and creative practice is the TV Sitcom, having written three pilots, two of which have garnered some festival success. Her interest is in bridging theory and practice to enable a more confident approach when developing new programmes. Deborah’s book Situation Comedy, Character, and Psychonalysis: On the Couch with Lucy, Basil and Kimmie, is published by Bloomsbury Academic (2018) and critically analyses the behaviour of sitcom characters through the lens of psychoanalysis to find there exists a triumverate of characters bound together by a combination of conscious and unconscious desires and fears. She is currently doing her PhD by Creative Practice at the University of York, The sitcom, the film and the character, that explores the adaptation of sitcom to film and film to sitcom. 

Doirean Wilson

Dr Doirean Wilson is the Diversity Lead, HRM Senior Lecturer (Community Engagement & Practice) and Chair of Middlesex University’s Race, Religion and Beliefs Forum. She is an award-winning diversity expert who has successfully led nine postgraduate programmes including the Executive MBA. She is a Visiting Professor of Religion & Multiculturalism for the Joint Council of Churches for All Nation’s School of Theology, Leadership and Management. She holds several postgraduate qualifications including a Master’s degree in HRM and a Doctorate in Professional Practice. Doirean is a Chartered CIPD Fellow, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Institute of Spirituality in Economics and Society, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a former business consultant and journalist, who Chair’s the Nubian Jak Community and advisory board member for the Ghana UK Based Awards (GUBA).

James Martin Charlton

James Martin Charlton is a dramatist, director and academic. His plays include Fat SoulsComing Up (Warehouse Theatre, Croydon), ecstasy + Grace (Finborough), Desires of Frankenstein (Open Air, Regents Park), The World & his WifeI Really Must be Getting Off (White Bear), Coward (Just Some Theatre Co.), two short pieces for The Miniaturists, Fellow Creature and Battis Boy (Arcola Theatre), Been on the Job Too Long (TheatreN16, NLLF, Talos Festival). He wrote an adaptation of The Pilgrim’s Progress under commission by the RSC, and his biographical play about William Blake, Divine Vision, was performed at Swedenborg Hall. The texts of Coward and Fat Souls are published by Playdead Press.  He has directed a number of contemporary plays, including GobBumps (King’s Head), Plastic Zion (White Bear), Histrionics (Underbelly, Edinburgh). His production of Revolution Farm, by James Kenworth after Orwell, played at Newham City Farm in 2014; A Splotch of Red toured Newham in 2016.  He has written and directed two short films, Apeth and Academic. He wrote screenplays for the shorts Emotional Tribunal and Best Shot. He recently filmed his play Fellow Creature for 360° video, as part of an ongoing research project into the medium. He has lectured at UEL and Birkbeck and is Head of Department of Media at Middlesex University. His new play Reformation will premiere at the White Bear Theatre in June 2019.

Ola Johansson


Ola Johansson is Associate Professor in Contemporary Performance Practice at the Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts (ResCen), Middlesex University. He is specialised in applied theatre and artistic research and has published three books: The Freedom Theatre: Performing Cultural Resistance in Palestine (New Delhi: LeftWord Books, 2018); Community Theatre and AIDS (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and Performance and Philosophy: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Performing Arts (VDM Verlag, 2008). He was artistic director for the productions Politico at Aeroseum in Gothenburg, Sweden (2014) and Beyond Vice at Uppsala stadsteater, Sweden (2013). He is currently researching the democratization of the performing arts and practice-based research.

DETAILS: FEBRUARY 21st, 17:30 – 19:00

CAMPUS LOCATION: BOARDROOM C219

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