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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
Generation X Reflects: British – German Encounters
Publication date: Feb 16, 2012 7:29:42 PM
Start: Mar 7, 2012 12:00:00 AM
7 March 2012
Date and Time:
Rising literary stars Jan Brandt and Joe Dunthorne, in conversation with Philip Oltermann.
Readings and discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.
Jan Brandt’s debut novel Gegen die Welt [Against the World], a story of growing up in a remote village on the northwestern edge of West Germany in the late 1980s and 90s, was shortlisted for the prestigious Deutscher Buchpreis in 2011, while Joe Dunthorne’s first novel, Submarine, a coming-of-age tale set in South Wales during the same period, became a successful film (directed by Richard Ayoade) in 2011.
Jan Brandt was a visiting student at UCL German Department 1997-98, and the compere for the evening will be Guardian journalist and UCL (Centre for European Studies) alumnus Philip Oltermann.
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