The dual crisis of migration

“…the fate of migrants is becoming securitised and weaponised. When the European Parliament voted to interrupt Turkey’s EU membership ascension process and plans for visa-free travel, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened the EU that he would not stop migrants travelling to Europe ‘Listen to me: these border gates will be opened if you go any further’ (BBC, 25 November 2016).”

Following on from our discussion of the rise of anti-democacy after Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, at our next Salon Dr Mladen Pupavac and Dr Vanessa Pupavac, from the School of Politics and International Relations at The University of Nottingham, will introduce a discussion on migration based on their joint research.

Date, Time and Venue: Thursday 2 March at 7 PM in the Parlour of The Brunswick Inn, Derby.

Admission: £3/£2 unwaged – a donation to help with costs.

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Do museums have a future?

Wderby mhoever wins the next election, museums and galleries will continue to be under threat.  Is this simply explained by the political economics of austerity and the need for local councils to make financial savings? Or is there a profounder cultural reason that makes such cuts easy targets even against local opposition? Have people simply forgotten what museums are for? Museums, like universities celebrate and defend themselves because of their personal, social and economic ‘impact’.  How convincing are such instrumental arguments? Can we make a better case for museums? Continue reading


The politics of sport

In April 2014, the East Midlands Salon hosted a discussion entitled ‘The politics of sport’.

Geoff KidderThis Salon discussion was introduced by Geoff Kidder – the Membership and Events Director at the Institute of Ideas and their resident expert on all matters sporting and will ask ‘Should we kick politics out of sport?

By way of introduction Geoff says: Continue reading