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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:

Battlefield Ethics and Secularisation

Speaker: Dr Giles Fraser

Date: Monday 12 January 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building

The ethics of the British Army have traditionally drawn heavily from Christianity. How then has the British Army dealt with the challenges of secularisation?

Giles Fraser (@gilesfraser) is a Priest, former Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and Guardian columnist.

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

Power and Order, Peace and War: Lessons for Asia from 1914-18

Speaker: Professor Hugh White

Date: Tuesday 3 March 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

War was not inevitable in Europe in 1914, and it is not inevitable in Asia today.  But war happened in Europe because the Europeans failed to conceive a new international order to reflect radical shifts in the distribution of wealth and power.  And war will become more likely in Asia if regional powers fail in the same way to imagine a new regional order which fits the fast-changing realities of power there.  How might such a new order look, and how could it be built?

Hugh White is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University and author of The China Choice.

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

Class Matters: the working class in contemporary Britain

Speaker:  Dr Selina Todd

Date: Tuesday 10 March 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Award-winning historian Selina Todd reveals the importance of the working class in British society since the early 20th century. Refuting the political clam that class is dead, Todd uses the voices of hundreds of ordinary people to argue that class has long divided modern Britain, and continues to do so today, when more than 60 percent of Britons identify as working class. As she explores the experiences and memories of those who lived through the last century, Todd busts several myths about contemporary Britain, by exposing the lie that grammar schools led to greater social mobility; demonstrating that the working class has never been entirely white; and illuminating that economic ‘progress’ depended on the exploitation of the many in the interests of the few. She also reveals that women, among them domestic servants, were, and remain, central to struggles to build a fairer society.

Selina Todd is History Fellow and Vice Principal of St Hilda’s College, Oxford University. This event marks the paperback publication of her latest bestselling history book The People: the rise and fall of the working class 1910-2010.

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

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.| 

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