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

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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Starts: Sep 23, 2015 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

18 April 2013, 10 - 5.30pm

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

Please visit Eventbrite to register


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.