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17:30 - 19:00 6 December 2012

Annual Sakharov Debate: Dissent Today as the Art of the Impossible


Europe House (link Map)
32 Smith Square | London | SW1P 3EU |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

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Reverend Giles Fraser
Tom Moriarty, Occupy
Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-President, European Parliament
Alena Ledeneva, UCL
HE Michael Žantovský, Ambassador, Czech Republic
Tim Beasley-Murray, UCL

Each year the announcement of the Sakharov Prize laureate provides the opportunity for a public discussion on freedom of thought, organized by the European Parliament’s office in London in conjunction with University College London.

This year, one year on from the death of Václav Havel, and in the light of a contemporary reinvention of dissident practice in the Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, Charter 08 in China, and the neo-dissidence of Pussy Riot and others in Russia, we have formulated topics for discussion that pick up on themes from Havel: dissent as the ‘art of the impossible’ and as a point of intersection between politics and aesthetics.

Themes present in the work of the two Iranian activists, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film director Jafar Panahi, joint winners of the Sakharov Prize in 2012.


Agnieszka Piela
020 7679 8737 | Agnieszka.PIELA@ext.ec.europa.eu


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