Snowflakes of revolutionaries: what is the new student identity?

With a growing university population, being a ‘student’ has become a kind of identity group. On the one hand, contemporary students are often lampooned as ‘over-sensitive’ or ‘snowflakes’. On the other hand, many students consider themselves to be – and are often talked about as – a radical future generation of changemakers. In this lively debate filmed by WORLDwrite WORLDbytes volunteers at the Barbican in November 2019, speakers and audience discuss everything from offence taking to stereotypes.

The speakers are: James Burns: history undergraduate, University of Oxford; writer, Areo. Dr Jim Butcher: reader in geography, Canterbury Christ Church University; co-author, Volunteer Tourism: the lifestyle politics of international development. Tanya Kekic: history and politics undergraduate, University of Warwick; writer, Warwick Congress. Atyab Rashid: philosophy undergraduate, King’s College London; incoming vice president, King’s College London Liberal Democrat Society. The chair is Jack Harris: policy researcher, history graduate, Living Freedom alumnus.