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The Ralph Miliband Programme

Convenor: Dr Robin Archer|, Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Political Sociology

The Ralph Miliband| Programme was set up in 1996 through a generous anonymous benefaction to LSE from a former PhD student, who had been inspired by 'Ralph Miliband's contribution to social thought'. He specified that the funding be used in memory of his friend and mentor 'to advance his spirit of free social inquiry' and the diversity of thought that has always been the hallmark of LSE.

The donor's wishes to continue Ralph Miliband's intellectual tradition are being carried out through a combination of public lecture series and the appointment of visiting teaching fellows. These fellows also give public lectures at LSE.

Additionally, Ralph Miliband's biography by Michael Newman, Ralph Miliband and the Politics of the New Left (Merlin Press, 2002), was launched as part of the Ralph Miliband Programme in October 2002 at LSE.

2013-14 Lecture Series: Nations and Borders

Upcoming events

Public Lecture: Borders and Interests: Should the Workers of the World Unite?

Speaker: Professor Yuli Tamir

Date: Thursday 8th May
Time: 6.30-8pm
Location: Old Theatre, Old Building

Under the present economic circumstances the demand to set borders, to favour one's own, is not necessarily driven by irrational forces; rather, it is often a rational demand driven by self-interest, by a desire to protect oneself (and one's children) from the bleak consequences of a global dream one cannot share.

Given the threats embedded in globalism on the one hand, and the growing social and economic gaps within many states on the other, those who belong to the 99% have a lot to worry about. The competition they face is endless and those who exploit them often play the interests of one group of workers against its "class-mates" from across the globe. 

The workers of the world thus have no interest to unite.  It is the upper classes who wish to abolish borders in order to be able to enjoy the best of all possible worlds. The moral question is whether they ought to be permitted to do so. A world without borders may then be the immoral option, a cheap way out for those who do not want to share their wealth with others. Erecting borders excludes non-members but forces all classes to share a risk-pool, distributing benefits and responsibilities. In our non-ideal world that may be the most we can achieve.

Professor Yuli Tamir is an academic, former Israeli politician and author of 'Liberal Nationalism'

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Public Lecture: England: a Nation Defined by Dissent

Speaker: Billy Bragg

Date: Thursday 29th May
Time: 6.30-8pm
Location: Old Theatre, Old Building

Is it possible to be both progressive and patriotic? We on the left are constantly reminded that there are many types of socialism - often competing with one another. Is the same true of patriotism? We’re quick to dismiss such impulses as little more than xenophobia wrapped in pageantry, but could a love of one’s country be a progressive force in society?

Billy Bragg is an English singer-songwriter and left-wing activist. He has been involved in many campaigns on issues such as anti-racism, prison-reform and electoral-reform. His book, ‘The Progressive Patriot' (2006), addresses the tension between progressive politics and national identity.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Public Lecture: What Future for Pan-Arabism? The Case of Egypt

Speaker: Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl

Date: Tuesday 3rd June
Time: 6.30-8pm
Location: The New Theatre, East Building

Is there a future for pan-Arabism? It had its heyday in the era of decolonisation, nationalisations, and Third World solidarity. Many have argued that it was defeated with the Arab armies in 1967, or that it died finally in 1970, with its champion, Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Yet the wave of Arab uprisings that began in December 2010, the manifestations of solidarity, and resonance of concerns and demands between different Arab protesters, seem to fly in the face of such assumptions. This lecture tries to understand why, and to make sense of these signs of a new pan-Arabism in the twenty-first century. It considers the enduring salience of the quest for sovereignty and independence in informing popular commitments to pan-Arabism, focusing on the case of Egypt.

Reem Abou-El-Fadl is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations of the Middle East at Durham University, and co-editor of the Egypt page at jadaliyya.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.