Battle news
13 September 2007
Naresh Fernandes, editor-in-chief, Time Out India speaking
Naresh Fernandes, editor-in-chief, Time Out India has confirmed as a speaker

Naresh Fernandes, editor-in-chief, Time Out India and writer on urbanisation and urban culture has confirmed he will be speaking at two debates this year - at the Keynote Controversy, ‘Age of the Metropolis’ and at the Contemporary Question, ‘India at 60’.

12 September 2007
US-based journalist Alexander Cockburn speaking
US-based journalist Alexander Cockburn is speaking at two debates this year

Alexander Cockburn, US-based journalist, editor of CounterPunch, and author of numerous books and columns, has confirmed he will be speaking at two debates at this year’s Battle of Ideas - at the Keynote Controversy, ‘The new heresies’ and at the Battle for New Technologies debate, ‘Digital commons’.

28 August 2007
Four Battle over ethics and regulation speakers confirmed
Four Battle over ethics and regulation speakers confirmed

The Battle of Ideas Satellite Event at the Genomics and Society conference, The battle over ethics and regulation now has four distinguished speakers confirmed:

-Professor Ruth Chadwick
distinguished research professor, Cardiff University; director, Centre for Social and Economic Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen)

-Dr Christine Hauskeller
senior lecturer, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis), University of Exeter

-Mark Henderson
science editor, The Times

-Dr Stephen Minger
director, Stem Cell Biology Laboratory, Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, King’s College London


Tickets for this event are available from the Genomics and Society conference website. For more information, visit the Satellite Event page.

19 August 2007
Particle physics is sexy!
Particle physics is sexy!

Not only can you discuss why ‘particle physics is sexy’ at the Battle of Ideas, you can see why too. Thanks to the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the festival will exhibit a model of the Atlas experiment - a particle physics experiment exploring the fundamental nature of matter and the basic forces that shape our universe.

17 August 2007
Listen to music from the most exciting new composers at the spnm listening posts
Listen to music from the most exciting new composers at the spnm Listening Posts

To accompany the Battle for Music debates, the society for the promotion of new music (spnm) are setting up Listening Posts around the Royal College of Art, bringing you sounds created by some of the most exciting composers currently emerging in the UK. We hope they’ll engage, provoke, stimulate, and energise.

14 August 2007
Three Battle of Ideas Satellite Events announced
Three Battle of Ideas Satellite Events announced

To ensure that debate neither starts nor ends with one weekend, we can now announce that three Satellite Events will be taking place, produced in association with our Satellite Partners: the Design Museum, the ESRC Genomics Network and london knowledge lab.

‘Design in denial?’ @ Design Museum - 1 October: 19.15-20.30
‘What good is e-learning?’ @ london knowledge lab - 5 October: 18.30-21.00
‘The battle over ethics and regulation’ @ Genomics & Society conference - 26 October: 14.00-15.30

2 August 2007
'Should art change the world?' exhibition
'Should art change the world?' exhibition

Arts & Business, the festival ‘arts champion’, have invited guest curators to put on an exhibition on the theme ‘should art change the world?’ which will be on throughout the weekend in the Lower Gulbenkian gallery.

23 July 2007
New sessions
New sessions

Three new debates have been added to this year’s programme:

‘Is identity politics undermining democracy?’ (Saturday, 10.30-12.00)
‘Particle physics is sexy’ (Sunday, 17.45-18.30)
‘London 2012: a sporting chance for the city?’ (Sunday, 11.00-12.30)

Featured speakers include Kenan Malik (author, Man, Beast and Zombie), Vicky Richardson(editor, Blueprint and Richard Bishop (director, Design London), with further speakers to be announced shortly.

5 July 2007
Battle of Ideas 2006 videos
Battle of Ideas 2006 videos

To watch video footage of some of last year’s sessions, visit Fora TV.

30 June 2007
Welcome to the BoI website
Welcome to the BoI website

The full site is now under construction with full details of this year’s conference from early August. Keep an eye out for updates.


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"Just when Kant's formulation that 'the public exercise of reason should be free' had begun to seem so remote and exhausted, the Battle should reinforce one's faith in the enduring worth of dissent and of the free traffic in ideas"
Swapan Chakravorty, professor of english, Jadavpur University