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  • Date and time: Sunday 9 June 2024, 1pm to 2pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Law and Sociology Building, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Are women really more polite than men? What is the most polite country in the world? When is it OK to swear? Politeness rules our day-to-day lives, whether it's speaking to colleagues about issues at work, dealing with difficult family members or wondering if you should eat the last biscuit.

For years, Louise Mullany of the University of Nottingham has been examining the prevalence and power of politeness in our everyday speech and actions, and discovering what this says about us.

Drawing on her first book, Polite, Louise will show how the unseen science of politeness governs everything we do - from what we say to how we act. Join her as she reveals how a better understanding of the rules and norms of politeness can help us in all aspects of our work, leisure and home lives.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too. 

Photo credit: Steve Upcraft

About the speaker

Louise Mullany is a Professor in Sociolinguistics at the University of Nottingham where she teaches Politeness Theory. As well as teaching and writing in this pioneering field, she also goes into schools, businesses and sports teams to help them improve their communication and apply the science of politeness to their own areas. Louise is the author of Polite: The New Science of Politeness.


Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible