Battle of Ideas 2014
18 & 19 October |
London

The Battle of Ideas 2015 is a weekend of high-level, thought-provoking public debate taking place on 17 & 18 October at the Barbican. You can keep up to date with our latest events and news about the 2015 festival by signing up to our newsletter. We also have satellite events in the UK and across Europe before and after the main festival.

This year's festival featured 80+ sessions, over 400 speakers and nearly 3,000 attendees

Thanks to Tom Fenn, Tamara Hussain and Chris Sharp for the images

Battle of Ideas in the media

The Battle of Ideas 2014 has been widely covered in the press, and speakers and organisers have featured on TV and radio. Read the media coverage of the festival.

Speakers included
Ian Crawford, professor of planetary science and astrobiology, Birkbeck College, University of London

Frank Furedi, sociologist and social commentator; author, What's Happened to the University?, Power of Reading: from Socrates to Twitter, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history

Clare Gerada, GP; past chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

Sonia Livingstone, professor, Department of Media and Communications, LSE; author, Media Regulation: Governance and the interests of citizens and consumers

David Lammy MP, Labour MP for Tottenham; author, Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots

Lisa Harker, director of strategy, policy and evidence, NSPCC

David Didau, former teacher; blogger, The Learning Spy; author, The Secret of Literacy

Chantal Mouffe, Professor of political theory, University of Westminster; author, Agonistics: thinking the world politically

Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, head of research, Oxfam GB; co-author. Working for the Few: political capture and economic inequality

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“Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words.”
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick

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