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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

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

Venue:
UCL Garden Room
Wilkins Building
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Date and Time:
Wednesday 7 March 2012, 6.30pm

 


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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