Arts & Culture

How is Art Used to Counter Oppression? 🔊

Throughout history, art has been used as an act of resistance and as a weapon to counter oppression and violence. Maria Armoudian talks to professor Mark LeVine about the role of art in resistance movements. Mark LeVine is a professor of History at the University of...

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I, Donald? A Classic View of Trump

By Marcus Wilson - How Suetonius would have loved Mr. Trump! As biographer of the Roman emperors, Suetonius had a sharp eye for the matching and mismatching of personal character with the exercise of supreme political power. Many of us today, both inside and outside...

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Abusing power? The Cartoonist in a Post-Truth World

By Steve Bell - Image is all-important in politics, and image making especially so. Politicians are supposed to create their own images, yet very often exploit negative and derogatory imagery in order to get noticed. Hitler deliberately borrowed Charlie Chaplin’s...

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Can Music Effect Social and Political Change? 🔊

All over the world, and throughout history, music has been a vital part of effecting social and political change. At times the powers-that-be resist that change by oppressing the arts and the artists. Can music bring about social and political change? How has music...

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What Are the Politics of Humour? 🔊

Humour affects our health, disposition, relationships and organisations. Can it also help change politics in society? Amber Day, John Morreall and Peter McGraw discuss the origins, philosophy and politics of humour with Maria Armoudian.

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What Is the Celebrity Industrial Complex? 🔊

What is the celebrity industrial complex? How does it impact our democracies, our culture and our society? Joining us to discuss the celebrity industrial complex and the issues that arise from it are Joshua Gamson​, David Gilles and P. David Marshall.

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