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From Indyref to Indignados: how passions and politics mix

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
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Starts: Sep 18, 2014 12:00:00 AM

10 things you need to know about what will happen if Scotland votes yes

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
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Starts: Sep 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The truth is, Scandinavia is neither heaven nor hell

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

The Central Europe Symposium: 'Europe' Then and Now

Publication date: Jan 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM

Start: Apr 18, 2013 10:00:00 AM
End: Apr 18, 2013 6:00:00 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.