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The Ralph Miliband Programme

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

The Ralph Miliband Programme is one of the LSE's most prestigious public lecture series, receiving attention not only at the LSE but across London, the UK, and globally. It was set up in 1996 thanks to a generous anonymous benefaction from a former PhD student inspired by 'Ralph Miliband's contribution to social thought'. He specified that the funds 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. 

War and Peace Series, 2014- 2015

Radicals and progressives of all sorts - liberals, socialists, feminists, internationalists and peace activists - have long played a leading role in opposing militarism and war. Yet, at times, many have also recognised the necessity of resorting to arms. Our lectures in 2014-15 aim to draw on the heightened public attention accompanying the centenary of the First World War in order to examine some of these progressive approaches to questions of war and peace and of militarism and pacifism. We hope to explore these questions not only in the countries that participated in the Great War but around the world a century later.

Upcoming Events:

Waves of War: nation-state formation and ethnic exclusion in the modern world

A Joint event with LSE Sociology Department

Speaker:  Professor Andreas Wimmer

Date: Thursday 19 March 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

In this talk, Wimmer traces the emergence of the nation-state, its subsequent proliferation across the globe, and the resulting waves of international war and domestic conflict. To understand these processes, the talk highlights changing configurations of political power and legitimacy--the shift from imperial or dynastic principles to the nationalist ideal of self-rule. Nation-state formation and the ensuing ethno-political struggles over the state are responsible for a large number of civil and international wars fought over the past 200 years. The talk concludes considering implications for the future of violent conflict around the world?

Andreas Wimmer is Professor of Sociology at Princeton and author of Waves of War.

This event is free and open to all. Further details are listed on the LSE Events Website.|

Barrel of a Gun? The armed struggle for democracy in South Africa

Speaker: Gillian Slovo

Date: Tuesday 5th May
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

In 1960, after the shooting  of 56 pass protestors at Sharpeville and the ratcheting up of apartheid laws that made civil disobedience all but impossible, the leaders of the ANC turned to armed struggle. With their allies in the South African Communist Party they founded an armed wing, Umkhonto we’Sizwe. Their first intention was to use to armed propaganda  to combat the apartheid state.  Gillian Slovo will examine this decision to take up arms, and how it affected the struggle  for democracy in South Africa. She will also interrogate the  meaning of  revolutionary heroism and the way that the military struggle has impacted on the post apartheid state.

Gillian Slovo is a South African born novelist, playwright and memoirist.

This event is free and open to all.

The Election and the Left

A special post-election panel event

Speakers: Professor John Curtice, Polly Toynbee and Hilary Wainwright

Date: Tuesday 12th May
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

What do the results of the British general election mean for the left?

John Curtice is Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University, Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist, and Hilary Wainwright is the Editor of Red Pepper Magazine.

This event is free and open to all.

Class War Conservatism

Speaker: Professor Robin Blackburn

Date: Wednesday 20th May
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building

This lecture marks the launch of Class War Conservatism and Other Essays by Ralph Miliband. It will examine the debates on the failings of the UK State that emerged in the work of Perry Anderson, Tom Nairn, Edward Thompson, Ralph Miliband, Nico Poulantzas, Anthony Barnet and Charter 88, and consider their significance for us today.

Robin Blackburn is Prof of History and Sociology at Essex University and the former editor of New Left Review.

This event if free and open to all.