Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom 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: an annual Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture, a Research Agenda 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 Rebecca Rainbow who can be contacted here
1. 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 2011 Lecture tooke 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
"Is Nothing Sacred? Free Speech and Religion"
The inaugural (2010) Ralf Dahrendorf Memorial Lecture was delivered by
Lord (Adair) Turner on
“Wellbeing and Inequality in Post-Industrial Society”
Watch the lecture and discussion here
2. Research Agenda
A 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.
The programme will be launching a multilingual global online debate about free speech norms in autumn 2011.
On Friday 18th January 2011Evgeny 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
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 the Warden (Professor Margaret MacMillan
), Professor Rosemary Foot
and Professor Garton Ash. Applications are invited by email at the beginning of each academic year.
The 2011 Scholars and their essays are listed below:
The 2010 Scholars and their essays are listed below:
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.
Adair Turner delivers the inaugural Dahrendorf Lecture.
The record of a remarkable conference on"Liberalisms in East and West".
The Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom has received generous funding from the Aurea Foundation, the Zeit-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, and the Fritt Ord Foundation.
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Reforming the Nordic and German Welfare States
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