The rise of toxic politics: Can we be civil?

Nov 19, 2019

A panel discussion in English on hate speech, organized as part of the international series of panel discussions entitled "Battle of Ideas"...

Battle of Ideas at the Hellenic American Union

Looking at a world seemingly filled with slurs, angry comments, inflammatory remarks, fears about populism, many commentators have announced that we live in an age of ‘toxic politics’. The phrase supposedly captures the increasingly nasty, personal and hate-filled political discourse, as well as pointing to the corrosive effect of this on our political life. Perhaps this supposedly toxic and divisive politics is simply the return of big political questions after the ‘end of history’ period.

Should we lament a supposedly lost civility, or is the emergence of more forthright and angry disagreements in fact a good thing? What is the line between passionate disagreement and toxic bile? Ultimately, how do we live together when we disagree profoundly on major issues?

Speaking at the event will be: Konstantina E. Botsiou (Professor, Center for Greek and International History, University of the Peloponnese), Timandra Harkness (Journalist, Radio 4's FutureProofing and How to Disagree), Anna Nikolaou (Adjunct professor, Hellenic American University), Lamprini Thoma (Journalist, The Press Project). Moderator: Nikos Sotirakopoulos (Lecturer in sociology, York St John University).

The event is organized in cooperation with the Academy of Ideas in London and the Hellenic American College/Hellenic American University as one of the European satellite events in the "Battle of Ideas" festival.

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Organizer Hellenic American Union, Hellenic American College, Academy of Ideas
Venue Hellenic American Union Rooftop (8th Floor)
Start Date 19/11/2019
End Date 19/11/2019
Starting Time 19:30
Type Talk - Presentation
Participants Konstantina E. Botsiou, Timandra Harkness, Anna Nikolaou, Lamprini Thoma, Nikos Sotirakopoulos
Languages: EN
Interpretation Provided: No
Registration Required: No
Reservation Required: No
Admission Fee Admission is free
Last Update At: 2020/05/27 - 13:03:33



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