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Academy of Ideas

Extinction or progress? Visions of the future
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at peoples concerns about the future, be they economical or ecological, asking where our faith in progress has gone and what the pessimistic mood at large tells us about our society and self-confidence.
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The crisis of trust in institutions
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at falling levels of trust in our institutions, asking where this comes from and how we should respond to it. Should we welcome this new wave of scepticism or do we need faith in our institutions in order to maintain a functioning society?
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Who are “the establishment”?
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at the idea of the establishment, asking whether we can still talk about an establishment today and, if we can, what does it look like and who is part of it - who exercises real power today and how?
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Who are “the people”?
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at the concept of "the people", its relationship to democracy, its Brexit consequences and implications and what is seen by some as its dangerous usurpation by populists. Who are "the people" and why are we hearing so much about them lately?
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Brexit or “remain and reform”?
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This Battle of Ideas satellite debate looks at Brexit and the macropolitical level, using it as an inroad to a discussion on reforming the EU and for a contemplation of the impact of Brexit on the broader geopolitical situation internationally in an age of changing power constellations.
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Battle of Ideas 2018
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The Battle of Ideas returns for another year of provocative and challenging debate. With 100+ speakers, the Barbican Centre will play host to debates on a number of diverse themes, from #MeToo to Big Tech via drill music and Brexit. Come and join the debate.
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Democracy under siege
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What is the biggest threat to democracy: the rising tide of populism or the creeping onset of technocracy? This Battle of Ideas debate looks at deteriorating faith in democracy and the threat from both authoritarian and bureaucratic challenges, asking how we can revitalise Western democracy.
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National identity and belonging: what does it mean to be a citizen?
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What does it mean to be the citizen of a nation state? This Battle of Ideas debate explores the questions raised by Brexit, migration, home-grown terrorists in Syria and the Windrush scandal, looking at what citizenship means in the globalised world of the 21st century.
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