The Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom commemorates the College’s third Warden, Ralf Dahrendorf, one of the leading social and political thinkers of his time, and is dedicated to a subject central to his work and life. It has three main components: a Research Agenda, an annual Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture, and a group of Dahrendorf Scholars.
The Dahrendorf Programme is directed by Professor Timothy Garton Ash Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow. The Programme administrator is Judith Bruhn who can be contacted here.
1. Research Agenda
The Programme currently has two major research projects. The first is Combining Freedom and Diversity: Lessons from Experience in Britain, Canada, France, Germany and the United States. For more detail, see here.
A second major focus of the Research Agenda is the subject of free speech and limits to it, especially in the new conditions created by mass migration and by the internet. Please visit our multilingual interactive website at www.freespeechdebate.com.
On Tuesday 28th May 2013
Michael Ignatieff (Harvard University) in conversation with Adam Roberts (Oxford University) and Timothy Garton Ash (Oxford University) on "Is Universalism Ethnocentric?"
On Friday 16th November 2012
Aryeh Neier (free speech advocate and author) spoke on "The Future of Free Speech".
On Thursday 3rd May 2012
Free Speech Debate, in cooperation with Article 19, organised a panel discussion with Andrew Murray, Philippe Aigrain, Amelia Andersdotter Gabrielle Guillemin and Timothy Garton Ash (chair) on "ACTA and the Internet: Freedom of Expression and Privacy"
On Thursday 8th March 2012
Rebecca MacKinnon (co-founder of Global Voices)
presented her new book
Consent of the Networked
On Wednesday 7th March 2012
Irshad Manji (author of Allah, Liberty and Love)
in conversation with Professor Timothy Garton Ash (chair)
on "How should we (not) talk about Islam?"
On Thursday 19 January 2012
Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia) and Professor Timothy Garton Ash discussed
"Freespeechdebate.com: Global free speech in the internet age"
On Friday 18th January 2011
Evgeny Morozov spoke on
"Does the Internet Help People Power?"
A panel discussion was held on Friday 4th June 2010 in the Dahrendorf room at St. Antony's College:
Jeremy Waldron, Agnès Callamard, James Weinstein on
"Free Speech: Should Europe be more like the USA? Or vice versa?"
To read Agnès Callamard's paper, click here.
2. Dahrendorf Lecture and Colloquium
The Annual Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture is delivered by leading thinkers on a subject related to Ralf Dahrendorf’s concerns.
The 2013 Lecture was delivered on 3 May by
Professor Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago
on "Combining Freedom and Diversity: the challenge of religious difference"
This year's Dahrendorf Lecture took place in the context of a Conference on Combining Freedom and Diversity. For more information please go to the conference website.
The 2012 Lecture was delivered on 27 April by
Professor Ronald Dworkin, New York University
on "How Universal is Liberalism?"
The 2011 Lecture took the form of a panel discussion with
Professor A C Grayling, Birbeck College, London
Dr Usama Hasan, Leyton Mosque and Middlesex University
Mr Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
on "Is Nothing Sacred? Free Speech and Religion"
Watch here, or listen here.
The inaugural (2010) Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture was delivered by
Lord (Adair) Turner on
“Wellbeing and Inequality in Post-Industrial Society”
||Professor Sir Adam Roberts, President of the British Academy
||Professor Lord (Robert) Skidelsky
||Professor Paul Collier
Watch the lecture and discussion here. Read the full text here.
3. Dahrendorf Scholars
Each year three or four St Antony’s students are selected by a competitive process to work on the Research Agenda of the Programme and to do a piece of independent research on a subject related to the study of freedom. The scholars are selected on the basis of written applications, and interviews when necessary, by a committee consisting of Fellows of the College. Applications are invited by email at the beginning of each academic year.
The 2013 Dahrendorf Scholars are listed below:
|| Bassam Gergi
The 2012 Dahrendorf Scholars and their essays are listed below. Click on the link to read the essay.
The 2011 Dahrendorf Scholars and their essays are listed below. Click on the link to read the essay.
The 2010 Dahrendorf Scholars and their essays are listed below. Click on the link to read the essay.