The Dahrendorf Symposium Project is an initiative of the Hertie School of Governance, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Stiftung Mercator. The theme reflects both Lord Dahrendorf’s understanding of the duty of the intellectual to ‘pose the questions that otherwise no-one dares to ask’ and his consistent focus on Europe as the ultimate space with the potential to achieve real and relevant democracy and an ‘open society’.
The objective of the project is to shine a light on how academia can have a productive influence on the socio-political discourse. Theproject aims to offer European perspectives on the most pressing global challenges of our time. It seeks to produce academically sound reflections that will stimulate public debate and serve as the basis for concrete policy proposals on the European and global stage.
To watch a collection of videos highlighting the 2011 and 2013 Dahrendorf Symposia, please click here.
LSE Dahrendorf Academic Co-Director
Professor Arne Westad is Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International History at LSE. His work deals mainly with twentieth century history and the history of China. He is also a frequent commentator on current international issues, especially with regard to East Asia. Professor Westad’s new book, Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750, has just been published by Basic Books in the United States and Bodley Head in the UK. His previous book, The Global Cold War, won the Bancroft Prize and several other awards, and has been published in fourteen languages. Westad is now working on a general history of the Cold War in its twentieth century context and a book on China’s transformation from the Cultural Revolution to the era of reform.
LSE Project Management
Dr Marie Julie Chenard is the Manager for the Dahrendorf Symposium Project at LSE. She is also the Deputy Head of the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS.
Dahrendorf Symposium 2013
Changing the European Debate: Focus on Climate Change
Dahrendorf Symposium 2011
Changing the Debate on Europe: Moving beyond Conventional Wisdoms