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Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
Daniel Miller  More...

Starts: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

Starts: Nov 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
Eva Hoffman More...

Starts: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Litvak Days: YIVO's Histories, Contexts, Tensions

1 - 2 December 2015
In partnership with the Lithuanian embassy in London and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York, UCL is hosting this years "Litvac Days" on the heritage of the Lithuanian jewry.  More...

Starts: Nov 30, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Refuge in a Moving World Public Conversation: Eva Hoffman & Jonny Steinberg

2 December 2015
UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies and Institute of Global Prosperity will be hosting a conversation between renowned authors Eva Hoffman and Jonny Steinberg.

Starts: Dec 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM


16 November 2015
The Fringe Centre is The Centre for the Study of Social & Cultural Complexity, set up in October 2015 and directed by Prof. Alena Ledeneva. The Centre launches with a panel discussion at UCL’s newly established Institute of advanced studies. More...

Starts: Dec 3, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The Paris attacks: how does extreme violence challenge our categories of thinking?

7 December 2015
During the past fortnight acts of extreme violence in public places in Paris and Bamako have joined recent attacks in cities from  Ankara to Beirut and Baghdad. How are we to make sense of the violent events targeting civilians in the cities we inhabit and travel to?What are their effects, on societies, individuals, victims and perpetrators? How do they threaten, not only our lives, but also our habits of thought? How do our respective academic disciplines equip or fail us in the understanding of these events? How can/must  we think them anew? More...

Starts: Dec 7, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Baroness Catherine Ashton: Reflections on the challenges of foreign policy

8 December 2015
Join the UCL Global Governance Institute and the European Institute for a lecture by Baroness Ashton, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and First Vice President of the European Commission, from 2009 to 2014. She will reflect on the challenges of foreign policy.  More...

Starts: Dec 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The Refugee Crisis: Too little compassion or too much? 2015 Sakharov Debate

10 December 2015
Images of children washed up on a beach, newly erected border fences, and citizens welcoming arriving refugees in train stations have been populating our screens. They appeal to our compassion, but they also raise warnings of a populist backlash. This year’s Sakharov debate looks at Europe’s refugee crisis, and the response of the EU and its Member States to it. What remedies have been sought and why has an adequate response proved so elusive? Why and how have our various governments, and societies reacted so differently? How can one member state take in 1.5 million people and others next to none? What arguments are being made in favour of helping, or not helping, refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere? More...

Starts: Dec 10, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Thomas Piketty and Naomi Klein

14 December 2015 
Thomas Piketty is arguably the most influential writer on inequality in the world today, and Naomi Klein, 'one of the most high-profile social activists' today (Rosie Scammel, The Observer). They will encounter each other for the first time on 14 December to open the conference Socialism, Capitalism and the Alternatives: Lessons from Russia and Eastern Europe with two keynote lectures and a debate, chaired by Paul Mason. The conference is part of a series of events, workshop, and seminars celebrating the Centenary of UCL's School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). Register now to avoid disappointment. More...

Starts: Dec 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The Front National and the Disappearing Gender Gap

3 March 2016
The French radical right traditionally attracted more support from men than women. While still more men than women vote for the Front National, this gender gap is closing today. Nonna Mayer, Emerita Research Professor at Science Po Paris, is one of the foremost experts on the Front National. She will explore this trend and look into why this is happening.  More...

Starts: Mar 3, 2016 12:00:00 AM