Sunday 20 October, 9.30am until 10.15am, Cinema 2 Generation Wars
There has been widespread concern across the West about the impact of austerity measures on the young. While some commentators have tried to link the youthful uprisings of the Arab Spring and anti-austerity protests such as Occupy, there seems little sense that generation Y is taking up traditional activism. Is this generation being radicalised by global austerity or growing more conservative in the face of economic insecurity? Have they been liberated from more traditional forms of political engagement or simply estranged and alienated from them? What does politics mean to ‘generation me’?
client and operations manager, Elite IB; former pastoral support worker, Wymondham College
senior consultant, Statoil corporate sustainability unit
filmmaker, Fully Focused Productions; director, Riot From Wrong
head of project department, Stanislaw Brzozowski Association; co-ordinator, Political Critique
Dr Ashley Frawley
Senior lecturer in sociology and social policy, Swansea University; author, The Semiotics of Happiness: rhetorical beginnings of a public problem
The wave of Occupy protests in 2011 was forcibly suppressed. But it changed public debate, inspiring a generation of activistsJustin Wedes, Guardian, 17 September 2013
From badgers to fracking to Occupy, these anti-democrats are deluded to believe they're courageous rights activistsNick Herbert, Guardian, 29 August 2013
It wasn't poverty that kicked off the 2011 riots; it was the years of intervention from a therapeutic state.Neil Davenport, spiked, 2 April 2013
Student radicals slam universities for outsourcing jobs, yet they outsource their protests to the dinosaurial politics of the past.Joel Cohen, spiked, 27 March 2013
The Occupiers’ disdain for everyday democracy brings them dangerously close to their neoliberal foes.Alasdair Roberts, Prospect, 21 June 2012
An unintentionally hilarious new book celebrating the rise of the Occupy movement exposes the flaws that have already led to Occupy’s swift demise.Patrick Hayes, spiked, 24 February 2012
The UK riots were a product of a social democratic entitlement culture for which theft and looting were merely the logical conclusionThe Commentator, 5 December 2011
The protesters are still encamped outside St Paul’s. I have listened to their speeches when they have been so politely interviewed by the BBC, an organisation which, it must be said, shows more respect to your individual anarchist than it shows to anyone else interrogated over the air waves. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2058283/Occupy-London-St-Pauls-protesters-like-children-shouting-fair.html#ixzz2gTBjvH8y Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on FacebookREVD PETER MULLEN, Daily Mail, 7 November 2011
Investigating England’s summer of disorderAlan Rusbridger & Professor Judith Rees, Guardian/LSE,
What is the truth?
"I was impressed by the intensity of the debate and the high level of intellectual engagement, not least by the audience. It was an invigorating, even exhilarating experience to be part of a festival based on the conviction that disagreement is good. The Battle of Ideas is a fantastic concept, may it spread epidemically to the rest of the world. I am already looking forward to next year's event."
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, professor of social anthropology, University of Oslo; novelist