forthcoming events

The Academy 2018

University as it should be: our annual two-day summer school for anyone interested in studying ideas.

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 July 2018, Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre, Bedfordshire

About The Academy

The Institute of Ideas Academy has been running since 2011. Bringing together a wide range of people of all ages and educational backgrounds, The Academy is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship in itself in today’s climate of instrumental approaches to knowledge, the use of universities as social-engineering battering rams and the incessant demands to show value for money.

Academy 2018
FREEDOM AND SOCIETY: FROM THE REPUBLIC TO THE NATION-STATE AND BEYOND

The Academy 2018 will examine the history and significance of popular sovereignty from ancient Athens to the present day. What different forms has society and public life taken from the early appearance of democracy? What have been the trends and challenges? What does contemporary populism and the reaction against it - against national sovereignty and borders - mean for the early 21st-century?