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History and Democracy #1. Brexit Britain: Past, Present and Future



History and Democracy #1. Brexit Britain: Past, Present and Future

With Julie Smith and Andrea Mammone.

This interdisciplinary series of seminars, hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in London, and ideated curated by Royal Holloway, University of London’s historian Andrea Mammone, challenges the many superficial and demagogic readings of our complex contemporary era. It offers, instead, some more rounded interpretations of recent events, placing them in a global and long-term perspective. Following the very successful History Talks in 2017, this year’s topics include Euroscepticism, the health (and welfare) system, education, the role of religion, radicalisation, capitalism and neo-liberalism, the future of social democracy, corruption, and the media, among others.

Writer Bill Bryson noted how, after some decades in the United Kingdom, people believe that it is a remote island in the middle of the sea, and Europe and America are equally distant from its lands. Today the distance from the continent is quickly and dramatically growing – with unclear (and worrying) repercussions. How is this happening and why? Is it all about immigration and demagogic propaganda or this is part of an “old”, even “imperial”, frame? And what can happen next? In the first of our new seminar series on “History and Democracy”, Cambridge’s academic and Lib Dem Baroness Julie Smith, in conversation with Royal Holloway’s historian of modern and contemporary Europe Andrea Mammone, will address these and many other related themes.


Dr Julie Smith is Director of the European Centre in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University. She is also a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge. From 1999 to 2003 she was Head of the European Programme at Chatham House. As Baroness Smith of Newnham, she sits as a member of the House of Lords, where she focuses in particular on the EU, Defence and Higher Education. She is a member of the newly created International Relations Committee of the House of Lords. She is also the author of The UK’s Journeys into and out of the EU. Destinations Unknown (Routledge 2017).

Andrea Mammone is a historian of modern Europe. His main research interests include post-war and recent European far right parties, interwar fascism, and wider work on Italian history, politics and society. He has published extensively on such themes, and regularly contributes to the media and press.



Data: Gio 11 Gen 2018

Orario: Dalle 19:00 alle 20:30

Organizzato da : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero