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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

Trajectories of Dissent: The Arab Spring and Europe 1989

Publication date: Jan 18, 2012 07:25 PM

Start: Feb 29, 2012 06:00 PM
End: Feb 29, 2012 10:00 PM

Location: UCL, JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

29 February, 6pm

Wednesday, 29 February

UCL, JZ Young Lecture Theatre
Gower Street

No registration required

With each nation of the Arab and Muslim world undergoing popular unrest and political transformation on a massive scale, the number of those who compare the current events in the region with the tectonic political transformation of the European continent in 1989-91 is steadily growing. This panel discussion investigates the consequences of the so-called Arab Spring by contrasting its features in political and intellectual leadership with the end of communism in Europe some twenty years ago. It seeks to identify both the existing similarities and the many significant differences, and will address the role of religious attitudes in the population as one mobilizing factor in both regions. The panel also looks into the role of authors and public intellectuals, the role of the media, media censorship, and the impact of social networks.

Speakers Dr Tim Beasley-Murray 
Senior Lecturer in European Thought and Culture, UCL-School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies
  Dr Carool Kersten 
Lecturer in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London
Chair Dr Uta Staiger Deputy Director, UCL European Institute

Dr François Guesnet

Sidney and Elizabeth Corob Reader in Modern Jewish History, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL