Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit

Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit

Monday, 21 October 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:45pm
Venue: 
Department of Politics and International Relations, Seminar Room G (Floor 3), Manor Road OX1 3UQ
Speaker(s): 
Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Chair: 
Professor Andrea Ruggeri (Politics and International Relations, Oxford)
Series: 
European Studies Seminar

Kalypso Nicolaïdis (St Antony's College, Oxford) will be joined by Andrea Ruggeri (Politics and International Relations, Oxford), Fiona Macintosh (Classics, Oxford), Teresa Bejan (Politics and International Relations, Oxford) and Tae-Yeoun Keum (Christchurch, Oxford) to discuss her latest book, ‘Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice’, which offers a unique take both on Brexit and on the power of mythical stories to frame our democratic conversation.

Nicolaïdis conjures up three archetypes to explore the competing visions that have clashed so dramatically over the meaning of Brexit, whether as the ultimate demonstration of British exceptionalism, a harbinger of terrible truths or sacrifice on the altar of EU unity.

She takes the reader on a journey through the imaginative worlds of the ancients to probe the mix of instinct, feeling and pride that inspires people’s yearning to be free, to bond with others or to reinvent politics.

While she castigates the European project for its failure to accommodate the longings of the continent in all their glorious variety, she contends with the ironic possibility that after and perhaps because of Brexit, the EU will live up to the pluralist ideals that define both the best of Britain and the best of Europe.

Ultimately, the book offers a plea for acknowledging each other’s stories, with their many variants, ambiguities and contradictions. And it encourages all of us to ask whether it is possible, in this spirit of recognition, to pursue a respectful, do-no-harm Brexit – the smarter, kinder and gentler Brexit possible in our hard-edged epoch of resentment and frustration.

A drinks reception will follow.

This event will take place at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) and the link to register is available by clicking HERE.

This event is co-sponsored by the Centre for International Studies at DPIR and the Faculty of Classics, Oxford.

For more information about the book, please click HERE.