forthcoming events

The Academy 2019

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

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 July 2019, Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre, Bedfordshire

About The Academy

The 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 2019

The Academy 2019 will examine the increasing politicisation of culture in the opening decades of the twenty-first century. What are the different manifestations of these contemporary culture wars? Why is it that certain areas are chosen as battle grounds, for example the bitter debates waged around certain aspects of the pre-political sphere, the family, marriage, and so on. We hope to prompt a discussion about what a democratic political culture might look like in the twenty-first century.


Francis Fukuyama, Identity: contemporary identity politics and the struggle for recognition