The Populist Backlash in Western Politics

Event Date: 23 February 2017 Room B04 Birkbeck School of Arts 43 Gordon Square London WC1H 0PD The Department of Politics at Birkbeck University of London presents: Workshop Week Staff Debate: The Populist Backlash in Western Politics Staff debate with Professor Eric Kaufmann, Dr Sam Ashenden, Dr Jason Edwards and special guest David Goodhart, founding editor of Prospect magazine and …

A World in Crisis: Climate Change, Violence, Demography and the Global Economy

Event Date: 17 November 2016 Drayton B20 Jevons Lecture Theatre Drayton House University College London 30 Gordon St London WC1H 0AX The Department of Politics at Birkbeck University of London presents: A World in Crisis: Climate Change, Violence, Demography and the Global Economy Staff Debate with Alex Colas, Aideen Foley, Ali Guven, and Eric Kaufmann The ongoing political turmoil in …

Brexit: What Now for the UK and EU?

Event Date: 21 July 2016 Room 152/153 Birkbeck Main Building Birkbeck, University of London Malet Street London WC1E 7HX The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life presents: Brexit: What Now for the UK and EU? On 23 June Britain voted to leave the EU. The vote has triggered a series of political crises, from a leadership …

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The Challenge of Climate Change: What Can and Can’t Be Fixed?

Event Date: 28 June 2016 Birkbeck, University of London Room 101 30 Russell Square, 30 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DQ London WC1E 7HX The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research  presents: The Challenge of Climate Change: What Can and Can’t Be Fixed? A Roundtable discussion and reception launching the MSc in Global Environmental Politics and Policy, organised by the Birkbeck Population, …

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Europe’s Migrant Crisis and the Populist Right

            Event Date: 23 November 2015 Wolfson Suite, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism  in collaboration with the Department of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London presents: Europe’s Migrant Crisis and the Populist Right The UK Independence Party, Danish People’s Party and French …

Population, Migration and Ecology: Programme Launch Event

Event Date: 15 May 2014 Room 101 Clore Building Birkbeck, University of London 25-27 Torrington Square London WC1E 7JL Birkbeck Department of Politics presents Population, Migration and Ecology: Programme Launch Event To mark the launch of the new MSc in Population, Migration and Ecology, the Department of Politics will host a special event which showcases research on the political and …

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Atheism in Christianity: “Only an atheist can be a good Christian; only a Christian can be a good atheist”

17 October 2009 – In the long unavailable Atheism in Christianity, Ernst Bloch provides an original historical examination of Christianity in an attempt to find its social roots. He pursues a detailed study of the Bible and its long standing fascination for “ordinary and unimportant” people. In the Bible stories’ promise of utopia and their antagonism to authority, Bloch locates the appeal to the oppressed—the desire “to transcend without transcendence.” Through a lyrical yet close and nuanced analysis he explores the tensions within the text that promote atheism, against the authoritarian metaphysical theism imposed on it by priest interpreters. At the Bible’s heart he finds a heretical core and claims, paradoxically, that a good Christian must necessarily be an atheist. Speakers: Jane Shaw, Peter Thompson, Ben Morgan, Eric Kaufmann, George Pitcher