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As Scotland heads to the polls, this piece discusses the extent to which emotions have arrived at the heart of contemporary politics – yet we still hesitate to admit it. Emotions can neither be banished nor ignored when we discuss what constitutes political communities, how political decisions should be made and political action springs into being. Yet to embrace the rise of emotional politics without acknowledging how intimately it is and should be entangled with reason equally risks undermining just political action.
Dr Uta Staiger
18 September 2014
Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM
As the Scottish independence referendum draws closer the outcome is hard to predict. Both Westminster politicians and the wider public are asking what – in practical terms – would happen if the Scots were to vote Yes. Robert Hazell offers a 10-point overview of what the road to independence might look like.
Professor Robert Hazell
9 September 2014
Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The Nordic countries have received exceptionally good press in the UK - at least until earlier this year, when British travel writer and resident of Denmark, Michael Booth, claimed to dispel the of Scandinavia as the perfect place to live. Many are now confused. Is
everything we believed about the social ideals of Sweden, Denmark,
Norway and Finland a lie? Well, not entirely but we’re not all drunk
serial killers either.
Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
19 August 2014 More...
Starts: Sep 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Publication date: Nov 13, 2013 4:48:03 PM
Start: Feb 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM
6 February 2014
Free film screening in full cinema setting in the Bloomsbury Theatre. dir. Christian Petzold, 2012, V.O. with subtitles in English. Introduced by Gaelle Fisher (UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society)
6 February 2014, 6.00pm
Part of the European Film Day organised by the UCL European Institute, in cooperation with Routes into Languages. The European Film Day offers teachers and students the opportunity to see original-version films (Spanish, French and German), with subtitles in English with an introduction delivered by UCL academics.
The evening screening of Barbara is open to all students, staff and the general public.
Barbara (dir. Christian Petzold, 2012)
Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 2012, this drama of human and political dilemmas follows Barbara, a doctor working at the prestigious Charité hospital in the East Germany of 1980, as she is banished to a hospital in the provinces as a punishment for an application to emigrate to the west. There, while harassed by Stasi official Schütz and secretly planning her escape, Barbara appears also to captivate an idealistic and handsome colleague. Is he falling in love with her? Is he another Stasi spy? Or both?