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“How Dangerous Spaces Debating would work” – Shengwu Li on the current discussion on setting motions

"How Dangerous Spaces Debating would work" – Shengwu Li on the current discussion on setting motionsAfter Tim Squirrel provoked a debate on free speech, Amanda Moorghen, deputy chief adjudicator of this year's European Universities Debating Championship in Vienna, proposed in a comment on Facebook that chief adjudicators (CAs) should take the debaters' feelings into consideration when setting motions: "Your race, your gender – these are things which affect the feelings a motion creates in you. It is wrong when, even unintentionally, we only selectively attempt to avert the suffering of others."  The post got a lot of attention. Shengwu Li, European Champion 2009 and best speaker of the World Univeristies Debating Championship in 2010, answered ...
Apr 8th, 2015 | By | Category: international, Jurieren | mit 3 Kommentaren

Tim Squirrell: Why Free Speech isn’t absolute and it’s okay to be vulnerable

Tim Squirrell: Why Free Speech isn’t absolute and it’s okay to be vulnerableThe cancellation of a public debate in Oxford on the topic "This House believes Britain's abortion culture hurts us all" caused a controversial and emotional debate in the United Kingdom. After Tim Squirrell, current president of the Cambridge Union Society, published an article in the students' newspaper "The Tab," saying, "it’s about time we recognised that and started thinking responsibly and considerately about freedom of speech," he was exposed to hostilities. Tim allowed us to republish his latest article from his blog "Squirrelling the Motion" that reflects on the ongoing discussion. Besides offering an overview on the events of the ...
Nov 26th, 2014 | By | Category: Debattieren in der Öffentlichkeit, Mittwochs-Feature, Politik und Gesellschaft | Comments Off on Tim Squirrell: Why Free Speech isn’t absolute and it’s okay to be vulnerable

Swordfights and Republican Values – the French Speaking Debate World Championship

Swordfights and Republican Values - the French Speaking Debate World ChampionshipThe German Peer Klüßendorf, who has been debating for Lund University for the last two years and won the European Championship 2013, went to the second French World Debating Championship in Paris. In this week’s Mittwochs-Feature, he summarises his experiences and writes about different debating formats, French humour, and a Grand Final judging panel that refused to announce the winner before an encore with reversed roles. A suavely suited up young man walks on stage. With his loud voice he fills the historic auditorium easily. He raises a sword. 30 seconds later, he is sitting on the President's chair, still speaking, ...
Jul 30th, 2014 | By | Category: international, Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere | Comments Off on Swordfights and Republican Values – the French Speaking Debate World Championship

Trans debaters ought to be welcomed, not only tolerated: Crash Wigley argues in favour of pronoun introductions

Trans debaters ought to be welcomed, not only tolerated: Crash Wigley argues in favour of pronoun introductionsHaving been openly trans for a while, at the beginning of this year I abandoned my old name and started dressing more unambiguously femininely. When I went to debating competitions it was obvious that there were some practical things that needed to do be done to make debating an enjoyable experience for transgender people. In particular, I argued that the debating circuit should implement pronoun introductions at the start of debates. Since then I’ve been really pleased with the UK debating circuit’s openness to pronoun introductions, and numerous competitions have used them successfully. For reference, I use the words trans and ...
Jul 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: international, Mittwochs-Feature | Comments Off on Trans debaters ought to be welcomed, not only tolerated: Crash Wigley argues in favour of pronoun introductions

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