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18:30 - 20:30 6 June 2017

Civilisations and their Mobilisation Today: Western Civilisation panel discussion


The British Museum | The British Museum
Great Russell Street | London | WC1B 3DG | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Jonathan Bell, Institute of the Americas, UCL
Christopher Brooke, Politics & International Studies, Cambridge
Faisal Devji, Modern South Asian History, Oxford
Jan Kubik, School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, UCL
Uta Staiger (Chair), European Institute, UCL
Maria Wyke (Chair), Greek & Latin, UCL

‘Can the West survive?’ This was the apocalyptic title of a panel discussion among senior European and American government figures at the Munich security conference in February 2017. Anxiety over the political break up of ‘the West’ is matched by anxiety over the loss of its perceived values. They are being replaced (said senator John McCain) by blood, race, and sectarianism. After 9/11, ‘the clash of civilisations’ reemerged as a highly problematic catchphrase of popular political debate in order to suggest that the globe’s primary source of conflict is between cultural and religious identities, Christianity and Islam.


David Alabaster
0207 679 5576 | d.alabaster@ucl.ac.uk


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