forthcoming events

The Academy 2018

University as it should be: our annual two-day summer school for anyone interested in studying ideas.

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 July 2018, Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre, Bedfordshire

About The Academy

The Academy has been running since 2011. Bringing together a wide range of people of all ages and educational backgrounds, The Academy is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship in itself in today’s climate of instrumental approaches to knowledge, the use of universities as social-engineering battering rams and the incessant demands to show value for money.

Academy 2018
POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY - FROM ATHENS TO BREXIT AND BEYOND

The Academy 2018 will examine the history and significance of popular sovereignty from ancient Athens to the present day. What different forms has society and public life taken from the early appearance of democracy? What have been the trends and challenges? What does contemporary populism and the reaction against it - against national sovereignty and borders - mean for the early 21st century?

DRAFT SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

10.45-11.00
Welcome address: On populism
Angus Kennedy

11.00-12.30
Plenary
Nation, nationalism and national consciousness
Frank Furedi

13.45-15.15
Lectures 1
People, nations, and borders
Angus Kennedy
OR
Popular sovereignty, 1640-1804
Rachel Hammersley

15.45-17.15
Lectures 2
The ideal of the liberal nation-state
Jim Panton
OR
Colonialism and empire
James Heartfield

17.30-19.00
Plenary 2
The contradictions of the nation-state
Tim Black

After dinner debate:
Topic to be announced

SUNDAY

09:30-11.00
Lectures 3
Globalism and neo-liberalism
Phil Mullan
OR
Environmentalism and democracy
Josie Appleton

11.30-13.00
Plenary 3
Democracy: a history of an idea
Paul Cartledge

14.00-15.00
Sunday shorts
Choice of three short lectures, including:
On Habermas
Patrik Schumacher

15.15-16.45
Plenary 4
A liberal defence of popular sovereignty
Frank Furedi

SPEAKERS INCLUDE

Josie Appleton
convenor, Manifesto Club; author, Officious: Rise of the busybody state

Dr Tim Black
editor, the spiked review; columnist, spiked

Professor Paul Cartledge
A.G. Leventis Senior Research Fellow, Clare College; A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus; author, Democracy: a life

Professor Frank Furedi
sociologist, commentator and author of numerous books, including most recently Populism and the European Culture Wars

Dr Rachel Hammersley
senior lecturer, intellectual history, Newcastle University; author, The English Republican Tradition and Eighteenth-Century France; editor, Revolutionary Moments: reading revolutionary texts

Dr James Heartfield
author of numerous books, including The European Union and the End of Politics and The Death of the Subject Explained

Angus Kennedy
author, Being Cultured: in defence of discrimination and Borders: the foundation of freedom and security (forthcoming)

Phil Mullan
author, Creative destruction: how to start an economic renaissance

Dr James Panton
head of upper sixth and head of politics, Magdalen College School; associate professor of philosophy, Open University

READINGS

Ehrenberg, V., From Solon to Socrates
Machiavelli, N., The Discourses
Rousseau, J.-J., The Social Contract
Kant, I., Toward Perpetual Peace
Lenin, V.I., The Right of Nations to Self-Determination
Schmitt, C., The Concept of the Political
Anderson, B., Imagined Communities
Hobsbawm, E, Nations and Nationalism
Bell, D. The Cult of the Nation in France
Habermas, The Lure of Technocracy
Krastev, I., After Europe
Goodhart, D., The Road to Somewhere
Skinner, Q. &  Bourke, R. (eds.), Popular Sovereignty in Historical Perspective
Furedi, F. Populism and the European Culture Wars
Beck, U. The Metamorphosis of the World
Zizek, S, Against the Double Blackmail: refugees, terror and other troubles with the neighbours