Still room for debate? Index on Censorship take a look at the state of academic freedom around the world, analysing an array of threats to students' freedom of expression in the form of no platform policies, trigger warnings, legislation on campus extremism and old fashioned political pressure to toe the official line. Read more!
For better or worse? Will the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership be the destruction or the making of Europe? The Red House plays host to Vanya Grigorova and Krassen Stanchev as it asks what we can expect from the hotly debated TTIP. Recording coming soon!
Solidarity in times of division The second Jacek Kuroń Festival took place in an extended format and with a special focus on solidarity in times of division. Featuring distinguished speakers from around the world, the festival's strong point lay in socio-political debates, but there was a wide spectrum of accompanying events, including film screenings, discovery walks, open seminars and critical art. Recordings coming soon!
Too easily offended? At 2015's Big Bookend Festival, Index on Censorship looked at the relationship between free speech and religious freedom, asking how entwined the two are and whether there can be such a thing as too much sensitivity in civil societal relationships. Listen to the recording!
The end of the secular state? The CCCB hosts Professor Charles Taylor on the occasion of A Secular Age's translation into Spanish. A discussion about the diversification of spiritual inclinations in the Western world, how Western states are approaching this new pluralism and the pros and contras of their various approaches. Recording coming soon!
The event programme for Festiwal Kuronia 2015. Read more!
How to stop the decline? Depot hosts journalists from diverse media outlets as they speak on the current state of traditional journalistic mediums and on how they themselves seek to deal with a loss of trust and dwindling print runs. A discourse on the dilemmas facing traditional media formats in a digital and commercialised media landscape. Video highlights coming soon!
The art of politics In this Poland for beginners discussion, Igor Stokfiszewski looks at politically engaged art and the impact it can have on the political realities we live with. With particular reference to the Polish artists of the transition, Igor introduces us to both modern political art per se and the very specific Polish take on such. Watch the recording!
Fortress Europe? As we hear more and more about refugees drowning in the Mediterranean, Freiblick looks at the question of borders and asks how Europe can improve its present stance towards migration to avoid such tragedies happening in the future. Recording coming soon!
A matter of interpretation The way we perceive our societies is based upon our understanding of their historical evolution, which itself is often a result of narrow national narratives. Professor Winters speaks of the work which a new generation of transnational historians has been undertaking to challenge national dialectics and to create new broader histories of key past events. Watch the recording!
Coming over here, taking our... How do migration and institutional mistrust relate to one another? As we see a new wave of populism feed on and promote fears of migration, then grow large on the backs of the distrust it has sewn, The Red House looks to untangle the many woven threads linking populism, migration and institutional mistrust. Video highlights coming soon!
The nature of the beast What is capitalism? In this discussion, Professor Geoffrey Hodgson attacks what he sees as widespread misunderstandings of its very nature and proposes a new understanding, based on referral to its historical basis and, in particular, to the ideas of Victorian economist Henry Dunning MacLeod, best known for his work on credit and its centrality within capitalist societies. Watch the recording!