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Battle of Ideas Stockholm

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Battle of Ideas Stockholm


lördag 17 november 2018 11:00 - 18:30
Hörsalen • Fri Entré


The Battle of Ideas is coming to Stockholm for our fifth annual day of debates at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern covering contemporary politics, culture and society with prominent speakers from Great Britain and Sweden. The debates are free and open to all. 

All debates are held in english and one of the most distinctive aspects of the Battle of Ideas is the level of audience engagement. If you are worried about the quality of public debate and want to really be part of the discussion, come along and join in. 

Battle of Ideas Stockholm is a joint production by Academy of Ideas, London and Forum/Debatt, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

PROGRAMME:

11.00-12.15 IS SOCIAL MEDIA BAD FOR SOCIETY?

The rise of social media services like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram show how useful many of us find these new means of communication. However, criticism of social-media companies and concerns about the impact of social media more generally have come to the fore recently. Should we be concerned about powerful private companies increasingly deciding what is and is not acceptable on their platforms – effectively filtering what we can see and read? Or is this another in a long line of new technologies becoming the focus of criticism?

Speakers:

Carl-Michael Edenborg -historian and literature critic; publisher at publishing house Vertigo
Madeline Grant - editorial manager Institute of Economic Affairs
Carl Miller - research director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos; author, The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab
Karin Pettersson - director of public policy Schibsted; author, Internet är trasigt

Chair: Martyn Perks, digital business consultant and writer; co-author, Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation

12.30-13.45 #METOO, ONE YEAR ON: WHERE NEXT FOR FEMINISM?

For supporters of #MeToo, the campaign has at last brought much-needed and long overdue attention to issues of sexual harassment and gender inequality, helping to free millions of women who had previously been forced to suffer in silence. For critics, the furore has quickly become a ’witch-hunt’ in which innocent men have been disgraced in the court of public opinion with little chance to test the veracity of the claims against them. One year on, how should we assess the impact of #MeToo? 

Speakers:

Amie Bramme Sey, journalist and tv presenter; host Raseriet podcast
Nina Åkestam 
- research fellow at Stockholm School of Economics; author, Feministfällan and Meningen med hela skiten
Andrew Doyle - writer and comedian; co-author, Jonathan Pie: Off The Record
Madeline Grant - editorial manager Institute of Economic Affairs

Chair: Alastair Donald - associate director, Academy of Ideas; convenor, Living Freedom; co-director, Future Cities Project 

14.30-15.45 ONLY JOKING? SATIRE AND POLITICS TODAY

With recent global events seemingly more incredible than fiction, how can satire achieve its traditional objective of holding a mirror up to the world and seeking to improve it through ridicule? How can satire exist in a stifling climate of political correctness, in which comedians avoid asking the difficult questions for fear of public censure? Will the ‘fake news’ era irreparably damage the satirist’s ability to effect any kind of societal change?

Speakers:

Andrew Doyle - writer and comedian; co-author, Jonathan Pie: Off The Record
Kajsa Ekis Ekman - journalist, Dagens Nyheter; author, Being and Being Bought
Aron Flam - stand-up comedian and writer; host, Deconstructive Criticism podcast

Chair: Rob Lyons - science and technology director, Academy of Ideas; convenor, AoI Economy Forum

16.00-17.15 IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP: IS THERE A FUTURE FOR FREE MOVEMENT?

In addition to fortifying the external borders of Europe, many now argue for an end to freedom of movement within Europe. Some EU countries have reintroduced border controls in the once-borderless Schengen area. In addition to restricting movement, some countries are introducing new laws which place restrictions on the freedom of many immigrants. How should we view immigration today? Is there still a case to be made for a more open, liberal approach to immigration, or have European publics swung immovably to the right on this issue? 

Speakers:

David Goodhart - author, The Road to Somewhere; head of Demography, Policy Exchange
Fredrik Segerfeldt - program director, Stockholm-based think tank Timbro; author, Migration and Development: the journey out of poverty and Water for Sale: How businesses and the market can resolve the world's water crisis
Rob Lyons, science and technology director, Academy of Ideas; convenor, AoI Economy Forum

Chair: Martyn Perks, digital business consultant and writer; co-author, Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation

17.30-18.30 FROM BREXIT TO SWEDEN: WHAT’S BEHIND TODAY’S ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT REVOLT?

From the extraordinary rise of the Sweden Democrats to the Brexit vote and from Italy’s Five Star Movement to Germany’s Alternative for Deutschland (AfD), explicitly anti-establishment parties and positions seem to be gaining support across the continent. Does the recent voting switch really represent a radical shift in those voters’ worldviews into hardened anti-Semites or Islamophobes? Or is the problem more likely to be that social democrats across the West have left many people in poorer, post-industrial areas feeling unrepresented in political life?

Speakers:

Carl Miller
, research director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos; author, The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab
David Goodhart, author, The Road to Somewhere; head of Demography, Policy Exchange
Ivar Arpi, journalist Svenska Dagbladet; co-author, Så blev vi alla rasister
Kajsa Ekis Ekman, journalist, Dagens Nyheter; author, Being and Being Bought

Chair: Alastair Donald, associate director, Academy of Ideas; convenor, Living Freedom; co-director, Future Cities Project

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2018-11-17
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11:00 - 18:30 Hörsalen