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The heart of the matter: passion, politics and the EU referendum

Both Leave and Remain have appealed to voters’ guts to the extent that reason itself has become suspicious. Emotions will rule the day on 23 June, but at what cost?
23 June 2016
Uta Staiger
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Starts: Jun 23, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The price of solidarity: is Brexit worth it?

A misunderstanding of history and of historical time has put European solidarity on the chopping block. Think carefully before allowing the axe to swing, pleads Jan Kubik, Director of the School of Slavonic & East European Studies at UCL.
23 June 2016
Jan Kubik
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Starts: Jun 23, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Undecided on the referendum? These are the three questions to ask yourself in the voting booth

If there is one thing people can agree on as they prepare to vote on the UK’s EU membership: comprehensive, comprehensible and trustworthy information is in short supply. Every day, the quality of the debate sinks to a new low – yet the stakes are as high as ever. How, then, are you supposed to make your decision on June 23? What questions should you ask yourself when you enter the polling booth?
16 June 2016
Uta Staiger
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Starts: Jun 16, 2016 12:00:00 AM

The Central Europe Symposium: 'Europe' Then and Now

Publication date: Jan 25, 2013 12:00 AM

Start: Apr 18, 2013 10:00 AM
End: Apr 18, 2013 06:00 PM

18 April 2013

When
18 April 2013, 10 - 5.30pm

Where
Denys Holland LT
Bentham House
UCL Faculty Laws
1-2 Endsleigh Street
London WC1H 0DS

Please visit Eventbrite to register

SSEES

Little more than a decade ago, ‘Europe’ represented an ideal and a model to the region of Central Europe, where the shadow of the former Iron Curtain was still a recent memory. Now, that same ‘Europe’ is the site of social and economic crisis on a scale unseen since World War Two. Does Central Europe, with its experience of fundamental social and economic change, offer lessons for the current crisis of ‘Europe’?

Keynote speaker: Vice-Chancellor Erhard Busek (Chairman of the Institute for Danube Region and Central Europe): “What Central Europe contributes to the European Project”

Political Science panel: The Question of ‘Europe’Not long ago few would have questioned that a priority for post-socialist countries in Central and East-Central Europe was to learn from the Western European countries of the EU zone how to become ‘normal’, modern European societies. Today, those founding EU countries are undergoing a level of social and economic upheaval unprecedented in recent memory. Does the conscious reflection on the identity of ‘Europe’ that the post-socialist societies of necessity undertook reveal new perspectives on the current identity crisis in the EU as a whole?

  • Speakers: Prof. László Csaba, Dr. Roderick Parkes, Dr. Andraž Zidar

Economics panel: Economics and the Moral Society

While economics has always held tangible consequences for society at large, the study of macro-economic patterns and processes has traditionally been the reserve of highly trained specialists. At a time when economic crises have given rise to widespread social disturbances, however, the study of economics confronts ever more urgently moral or indeed philosophical questions regarding broader social structures. Have economic questions become the most important moral questions of today?

  • Speakers: Mr. György Barcza, Prof. Jan Svejnar, Nataša Williams

Cultural History panel: Culture and the Public Sphere

In Central Europe ‘the intellectual’ has traditionally been a figure who reflects on social and political questions as much as cultural ones. Today it is increasingly difficult to separate the cultural from the public sphere as a whole. Does Central Europe present a model of the ‘engaged intellectual’ that has particular relevance for those societies that have traditionally drawn distinct boundaries between cultural, political, and economic discourse? 

  • Speakers: Prof. Balázs Mezei, Wojciech Przybylski

This event is organised by UCL SSEES and the Central European Embassies.