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 Dorian Singh 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


Read more about Past Events 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 2014 Lecture was delivered on 29 April by

Professor Ulrich Beck, University of Munich and LSE

on "The Cosmopolitan Outlook: How the European Project can be saved"

Watch here


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"

Listen here.

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?"

Watch here.


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”

Respondent: Professor Sir Adam Roberts, President of the British Academy
Respondents: 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 2014 Dahrendorf Scholars. Information coming soon.



The 2013 Dahrendorf Scholars and their essays are listed below. Click on the link to read the essay.

Katherine Bruce-Lockhart

From Hate Speech to Self-Censorship: The Role of the Media in Kenya’s 2007 & 2013 Elections

   Bassam Gergi

Rory McCarthy

Who is threatening free speech in post-revolutionary Tunisia?


The 2012 Dahrendorf Scholars and their essays are listed below. Click on the link to read the essay.

Annabelle Chapman

Towards a 'Parallel Polis'? Creating Freedom on Belarus

Andrew Clark

The Successes and Failures of Egyptian Secularism

Rutger Kaput

The Wilders case: a politician on trial

The 2011 Dahrendorf Scholars and their essays are listed below. Click on the link to read the essay.

Jacob Amis

"Quiet Spring": Jordan and the 2011 Arab Uprising

Katharine Engelhart

Bosnia’s Three-Headed Beast: Sejdić and Finci v. Bosnia and Herzegovina and the case for “reasonable” discrimination


Casey Selwyn

Death in Denial: A story of AIDS in South Africa

 The 2010 Dahrendorf Scholars and their essays are listed below. Click on the link to read the essay.


Dominic Burbidge

A Letter from a young Christian to a liberal


Andreas Knab

A Bargain with Fate: to diffuse the threat of online Jihadism, we must stick to our guns


Christopher Kutarna

Democracy, Unbundled Objectivity, Subjectivity, and the Search for Common Ground

Xibai Xu

Neo-liberalism and Governance in China



Freedom in Diversity: ten lessons for public policy from Britain, Canada, France, Germany and the United States.

Read the report here.


Ulrich Beck delivers the 2014 Dahrendorf Lecture.

Watch here.



Martha Nussbaum delivers the 2013 Dahrendorf Lecture.

Listen here.

Ronald Dworkin delivers the 2012 Dahrendorf Lecture.

Watch here.

Othon Anastasakis



The Record of a Colloquium to celebrate Ralf Dahrendorf's 80th birthday, with contributions from Jürgen Habermas, Fritz Stern, Martin Wolf, Partha Dasgupta, Gerhard Casper and others.

Download Pdf here.

Adair Turner delivers the inaugural Dahrendorf Lecture.

Watch here.


Othon Anastasakis


The record of a remarkable conference on "Liberalisms in East and West".

Download pdf here.


The Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom has received generous funding from the Aurea Foundation, the Zeit-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, the Fritt Ord Foundation, Google and the Open Society Foundations.

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