Read the essay ‘Why the Battle of Ideas 2009?’ by Claire Fox, director, IoI.
“One demoralising aspect of cultural life is what might be called ‘presentism’. Rather than seeking opportunities to shape the world for the better, we are fearful of the future, imagining apocalyptic sci-fi scenarios caused by climate change, demographic timebombs, or the unintended consequences of biomedical and technological breakthroughs.” Read more…
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Foyles will once again run the festival bookshop, stocking books by festival speakers and others related to the Battle of Ideas 2009 themes. This year the expanded bookshop will include shelves to browse, seating areas to read in and author signings (look out for details at the festival).
If you can’t wait until the Battle to buy your books or you want to read up in advance of the debates, you can buy the books from Foyles directly: browse the books here.
The IoI is now tweeting. Keep up with IoI activities and get news about the Battle of Ideas at www.twitter.com/instofideas
When tweeting please use the #battleofideas hash-tag.
The Battle of Ideas 2009 full programme of Battle Satellites, Festival Attractions and Sessions is now available on line. View the programme and start thinking about the sessions you want to attend and prepare for them with our suggested readings. See the line up of hundreds of speakers and book your place now at Britain’s premier public intellectual event.
The six Keynote sessions at this year’s Battle of Ideas have now been published on the website. Ranging from Rethinking Education to The Good Society they give a taster of some of the themes that will be discussed through the weekend.
Ten Battle Satellites for 2009 have now been listed on the website. Ranging from The Age of Autism to Who Owns Culture there is plenty on hand to whet your appetite during October and wind down in November after the Battle itself.
Timid Britain must look to its risk-takers by Rob Killick
Behavioural psychology can’t avert economic crisis by Stuart Derbyshire
An exchange of views on behavioural economics between Leigh Caldwell and Stuart Derbyshire
Getting to the roots of the economic crisis by Daniel Ben-Ami
Give this moralising the brush-off by Claire Fox
Brain dysfunction did not cause the recession by Stuart Derbyshire
Time for politics for a change by Bruno Waterfield
Apocalyptic scenarios dominate science fiction cinema today. Is our fearful attitude to the future different to the cold-war terrors of the fifties? What fuels our sense of doom, and is it justified by reality?
Speakers: Jon Goodbun, Steve Fuller, Josie Appleton; chair - Timandra Harkness
Tickets: £4 / £3 (conc.) from 020 7451 9944 (booking fee) or www.apollocinemas.co.uk
Includes 10% off any screening ticket
This event is part of the Sci-Fi London Festival and in association with the Battle of Ideas
Thursday 12 February, 7pm
From Fatwa to Jihad: 20 Years of Free Speech Wars
IoI in association with Index on Censorship
Lectures by Kenan Malik and Tariq Modood. Panellists include: Jo Glanville, Stephen Law, Amol Rajan, Maheila Malik, Inayat Bunglawala
Thursday 30 April, 7.30pm
‘Broken Britain’: can we fix it?
Thursday 28 May, 7.30pm
Parliament: what is it good for?
All tickets from http://www.bishopsgate.org.uk/events or phone 020 7392 9220
"The Battle of Ideas goes from strength to strength. The intensity, variety and depth of debate, sustained for an entire weekend, makes for a unique experience charging the intellectual batteries for the rest of the year."
Raymond Tallis, emeritus professor of geriatric medicine, Manchester University