On Civil Disobedience
Thursday 5 March, 6.30 – 8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Kimberley Brownlee, Associate Professor of Legal and Moral Philosophy, University of Warwick
Chair: Nick Bunnin, Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford
Is it acceptable to use civil disobedience to protest against the law? Do we have a moral right, and sometimes a moral duty, to engage in civil disobedience? Should we be punished when we do so? In this lecture, Kimberley Brownlee will discuss the merits of this practice made famous by Thoreau, Gandhi, King, and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEcivildisobedience
Thinking in Public
Reconnecting Europe: bridging the gap between European citizens and European institutions
This event is jointly organised with the Evens Foundation and the European Institute, LSE
Wednesday 11 March, 1.45-8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
1.45-2pm Joaquín Almunia, Ex-Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for competition
Disintegrating Europe: Nationalism, Regionalism and Globalization
Scoping Introduction: John Breuilly, Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity, LSE
Guest Speaker: Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International Relations and Director of the European Studies Centre, University of Oxford
At the level of both the member states and the EU as a whole there are social forces pulling in opposite directions (both local and global), putting tremendous pressure on existing political institutions. This session will explore the cultural and political conditions prevailing in Europe today.
3.30-4pm Refreshments in the Atrium of Sheikh Zayed Theatre
Political Economy of European Union
Scoping Introduction: Bob Hancké, Associate Professor of Political Economy, European Institute, LSE
Guest Speaker: David Soskice, Professor of Political Science and Economics, LSE
Can Europe’s member states sustain the European Social Model? In this session we will explore how economic innovations promoted by the EU (the Euro, Banking Union, debt sharing) as well as global ‘neoliberal’ market developments are changing the European political-economy.
5.30-6.30pm Reception in the Atrium of Sheikh Zayed Theatre
European Politics and Government
Scoping Introduction: Mareike Kleine, Associate Professor of EU and International Politics, European Institute, LSE
Guest Speaker: Jonathan Holslag, Professor of International Politics, The Free University of Brussels
European politics has been dominated by the vexed question of the democratic deficit. Should Europe move towards greater political union? Should the European parliament become a proper European government? Or should we look for innovations at the national, regional, or even city level?
Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEeurope