The Ambiguity of Politics – LECTURE

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Date / time: 28 November, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Great Hall, King's College London, Strand Campus

The Ambiguity of Politics - LECTURE


Professor Jon Wilson Inaugural Lecture: The Ambiguity of Politics

People who do or analyse politics usually think they know what they are dealing with, assuming they work in a world of stable objects – states and nations, national and local governments, fixed political hierarchies. In his inaugural lecture, Professor Jon Wilson shows how modern politics is always a murky business, in which the basic units of political life are poorly defined, and their identity up for grabs. Travelling from the birth of Pakistan to the debate about the UK’s constitution now, Prof Wilson argues that we cannot understand the history of the world over the last hundred years – and its most important category, the nation state – unless we take the essential ambiguity of modern politics seriously.

The lecture will be followed by comments from Humeira Iqtidar, Professor of Politics (King’s College London) and Michael Kenny, Director of the Bennett Institute of Public Policy (Cambridge University), a discussion, and reception.

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