Dolan Cummings

Dolan Cummings is an Associate Fellow of the Academy of Ideas, part of the committee that programmes the annual Battle of Ideas, and a regular participant at the festival and other IoI events. He has a particular interest in religion and politics, especially in the USA and India. He is also one of the co-founders of the Manifesto Club, a campaign group for freedom in everyday life, and has written widely on related subjects.

His novel, That Existential Leap: a crime story, will be published by Zero Books later this year. It is part bildungsroman and part psychological thriller; a second novel is also in progress. Aside from writing fiction, Dolan works as a freelance copywriter and editor and a speechwriter for social, political and business clients.

 Related Sessions

Saturday 12 July 2008, 12.15pm Norton Rose LLP
China’s new cultural revolution


Saturday 1 November 2008, 1.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Your culture or mine? The arts and identity


Saturday 1 November 2008, 3.30pm Upper Gulbenkian
Capitalism – what is it good for?


Saturday 1 November 2008, 3.30pm Café
Can philosophy save your life?


Sunday 2 November 2008, 10.00am Henry Moore Gallery
Learning Jargonese


Sunday 2 November 2008, 11.00am Student Union
Staging ourselves


Sunday 2 November 2008, 11.00am Seminar Space
Election USA


Sunday 2 November 2008, 4.00pm Seminar Space
What does it mean to be American?


 Publications

Debating Humanism (ed.) (Imprint Academic, 2006)
Who’s Antisocial?: New Labour and the Politics of Antisocial Behaviour (ed.) (Academy of Ideas, 2005)
The Changing Role of the Public Intellectual (ed.) (Routledge, 2004)
In Search of Sesame Street: Policing Civility for the 21st Century (Perpetuity, 1999)


 Festival Buzz

"The Battle of Ideas provides a valuable and positive resource at a time when intelligent debate, public speaking and challenge seem to be diminishing in public life."
Barb Jungr, chansonniere