Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.
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Ahead of the Battle of Ideas 2015, film historian Kunle Olulode explores why Birth of a Nation is no ordinary film
Kunle Olulode, Index on Censorship, 12 October 2015
It may be that the answer to who will win the World Cup may in fact lie in which team is able to unlock the insights and knowledge hidden within the vast amounts of data collected during the tournament.
techUK, 7 October 2015
Kenneth Goldsmith’s poetry elevates copying to an art, but did he go too far?
Alec Wilkinson, New Yorker, 5 October 2015
We must also acknowledge that for millions of people today, the very act of belonging is at risk.
-, Norway.org, 29 September 2015
It was a sad day for freedom when Brett Bailey’s work was shut down by a mob.
Manick Govinda, spiked, 25 September 2015
Digital: the magic middle-class makework word
Andrew Orlowski , The Register, 24 September 2015
Debating Matters' acclaimed Topic Guides place debates in a social context
Anwar Oduro-Kwarteng, Debating Matters, 28 August 2015
Tom Slater, spiked, 21 August 2015
Simon Parkin asks what makes video gaming so addictive, if not downright dangerous
Carl Miller, National, 20 August 2015
Can we find its roots in the human brain? And if so, can we boost our creative powers? (Podcast)
Ian Sample, Guardian, 31 July 2015
The empty square: the public engaged or imagined?
"The 2012 Battle of Ideas at the Barbican was the best ever. It was bustling with interesting people, punchy debates and new ideas. I can't wait for 2013's."
Philippe Legrain, adviser to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission