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Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt and the Ancients

One of the most original figures of the twentieth century, Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) still exerts a profound influence on political thinking today. Her work on revolution, action, totalitarianism, or “the banality of evil” continues to animate debates about democracy, about Israel and Palestine, about feminism and about the nature of political participation - she has even been the subject of a recent film. Miriam Leonard, Professor of Greek Literature and its Reception at UCL, discusses the inspiration that Arendt’s critique of contemporary politics found in antiquity.
12 October 2015
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Published: Oct 1, 2015 11:11:24 AM


Do Not Fear Austerity: A Public Meeting with Yanis Varoufakis

Alessandro de Arcangelis, UCL PhD student in History, reports on a ‘public meeting’ with Yanis Varoufakis, and his advice to Jeremy Corbyn.
30 September 2015
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Published: Oct 1, 2015 11:11:24 AM

Sryian Tragedy

A Syrian tragedy turning into a European tragedy

Gëzim Krasniqi, Fellow at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, traces the shifting routes chosen by refugees from Syria—and how the EU’s lack of a coordinated policy has been turning the Syrian tragedy into a European one. It has left the Balkan states with a refugee crisis impossible to master.
23 September 2015
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Published: Sep 9, 2015 9:38:06 AM


Fathers, Sons, and Grandfathers: Migration Across Generations

Through the stories of three generations in thirty families, Julia Brannen explores men's lives, migration, employment, fatherhood, father-son relationships and intergenerational transmission over the life course. As the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War unfolds across continents, she traces the stories of migrant generations that have gone before, of Irish grandfathers who left Ireland in the mid-20th century and Polish fathers who came to Britain in the 21st century, together with a group of white British 
9 September 2015
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Published: Sep 9, 2015 9:38:06 AM

Mapping Psychoanalysis

Mapping Psychoanalysis

Ernst Falzeder traces the rise and crisis of psychoanalysis, mapping how the psychoanalytic movement spread and grew from a private discussion circle in Sigmund Freud’s Viennese waiting room to a powerful international force across Europe and the world.
8 September 2015
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Published: Sep 8, 2015 2:46:00 PM


Registration open for The Great European Disaster Movie

13 October 2015
You can now register for our screening of The Great European Disaster Movie, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Annalisa Piras and  Bill Emmott (former editor of The Economist), as well as a critical debate led by Prof. Jan Kubik, director of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. More...

Published: Oct 13, 2015 9:34:42 AM

Front National event postponed

13 October 2015
We have had to postpone our event on The Front National and the Disappearing Gender Gap with Nonna Mayer of Science Po Paris. The new date will be confirmed soon. More...

Published: Oct 13, 2015 9:32:34 AM

Partnership with MyLifeMySay

12 October 2015
We are proud to announce our partnership with MyLifeMySay, a not for profit independent organisation that aims to engage young people in politics. MLMS was founded in early 2013 by a group of diverse students who recognised the lack of political engagement amongst the youth. Their goal is to foster political commitment among young people, and to promote interpersonal skills, debating and analytical skills, public speaking, and general involvement in the issues that currently affect young people in today’s changing global climate.  More...

Published: Oct 12, 2015 2:04:56 PM


Britain & Europe Series

2015-16. Click here for details on upcoming policy panels, resource collections and our new blog.

UCL in the Press

Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing

1 October 2015
Dr Hannah Fry (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) tells the story of Ada Lovelace, a 19th-century countess whose work helped give rise to the modern era of computing. A BBC Four documentary. More...

Published: Sep 7, 2015 10:38:22 AM

From rockets to space toilets: unique exhibition celebrates Soviet cosmonauts

1 October 2015
The Science Museum's new exhibition celebrating Russia’s huge achievements in space gives us all something to treasure as space exploration wouldn’t be so advanced today without it, says Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Space & Climate Physics) More...

Published: Sep 7, 2015 10:38:22 AM

Do we need to improve security in Europe?

1 September 2015
Following the attempted attack on a high speed train in France, Dr Hervé Borrion (UCL Security & Crime Science) explains what this might mean for European security and train travel

Published: Sep 7, 2015 10:38:22 AM

Featured Events 


Europe from the outside in? Imagining civilization through collecting the exotic 

21 October 2015 
This conference will consider the historical emergence of a distinct European social imaginary in terms of Europe’s appropriation and internalization of elements from other continents and civilizations. With a focus on the function of ethnographic collections in facilitating this process, it will also investigate the status of such collections today. How does European museums’ production of the exotic retain its appeal, apparently undiminished, when faced today with global audiences and changing attitudes to colonial pasts? More...

Starts: Oct 21, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Podemos, Power, Politics

Pablo Echenique: Podemos, Power, Politics

26 October 2015
Pablo Echenique Robba is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming general election, held on or before 20 December 2015. He will speak about the new way of doing politics that Podemos stands for. More...

Starts: Oct 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM

European Disaster Movie

The Great European Disaster Movie

11 November 2015
Join us for a film screening and a critical debate with the director, producer and writer Annalisa Piras and executive producer Bill Emmott (former editor of The Economist), as well as Prof. Jan Kubik, director of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. More...

Starts: Nov 11, 2015 12:00:00 AM