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Ideology Now Conference

Event Date: 28 April 2012
Room B04
43 Gordon Square
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1H 0PD

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

Ideology Now – Conference

What is the role of ideology in politics and culture today? With the disappearance of conflict between East and West in the Cold war, and with the apparent blurring of Right and Left in our recent politics, many have declared that ideology is a thing of the past. Politicians use the word ‘ideology’ as an insult. But has ideology really disappeared? And if not, where and how does it now operate? Is the narrative of the death of ideology itself an ideological move? Are there any overt forms of ideology that are still meaningful (environmentalism; neoliberalism; capitalism)? How do covert forms of ideology operate in politics and culture? Is the twenty-first century West more covertly ideological than other eras in history, or other places in the world?

Programme:

Introduction by Dr Eliane Glaser  (English and Humanities, Birkbeck) .

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Professor Esther Leslie (English and Humanities, Birkbeck) – Ideology and Misery

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Dr Matthew Beaumont (English, UCL) – Ideology and Contagion: the Contemporary Disaster Film

[AUDIO HERE]

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Esther Leslie, Matthew Beaumont – Audience Questions

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Ferdinand Mount (writer and former head of policy at 10 Downing Street)
Let’s try “The End of Ideology” again?

[AUDIO HERE]

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Nick Pearce (Director, Institute for Public Policy Research)
A defence of social democratic ideology

[AUDIO HERE]

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Ferdinand Mount, Nick Pearce – Audience Questions

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Steven Poole (author, Unspeak: Words are Weapons and Guardian columnist)
Cash Value: The Stealth Ideology of Financial Metaphor in Everyday Speech

[AUDIO HERE]

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Dan Hind (author, The Return of the Public and Common Sense)
From the End of Ideology to the End of an Ideology: Financial Crisis and the Collapse of Common Sense

[AUDIO HERE]
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Steven Poole,  Dan Hind –  Audience Questions

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Owen Hatherley (author, A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain)
Eyesores, monstrosities and carbuncles: The language of architectural common sense

[AUDIO HERE]
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Dr Louise Owen (Theatre Studies, Birkbeck)
Right thinking at the National Theatre

[AUDIO HERE]
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Owen Hatherley, Louise Owen – Audience Questions

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Dr Nina Power (Philosophy, Roehampton)
The Spectre of the “Public”: The Ideology of Law and Order

[AUDIO HERE]
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Professor Renata Salecl (Law, Ljubljana) – Passion for Ignorance

[AUDIO HERE]

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Nina Power, Renata Salecl – Audience Questions

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