Dolan Cummings

Dolan Cummings is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Ideas, having been research and editorial director from 2001 to 2010. He is part of the committee that programmes the annual Battle of Ideas, and a regular participant at the festival and other IoI events, with a particular interest in religion. He is also one of the co-founders of the Manifesto Club, a campaign group for freedom in everyday life.

He developed the Round Table Rumbles theatre debates at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2001-2004, and edited the IoI’s online review, Culture Wars (2001-2013), which is now an extensive archive. He has edited two collections of essays, The Changing Role of the Public Intellectual, and Debating Humanism. He was also one of the organisers of Debating Matters India, and continues to take an active interest in India and its debate scene. Professionally, he is now a freelance copywriter and editor and a speechwriter.

Related Sessions
Saturday 16 May 2009, 3.15pm Churchill Room
Tuesday 13 October 2009, 7.00pm Notre Dame University, London
Thursday 15 October 2009, 6.30pm Leeds
Saturday 31 October 2009, 1.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Saturday 31 October 2009, 3.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Sunday 1 November 2009, 9.45am Café
Sunday 1 November 2009, 10.45am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Sunday 1 November 2009, 1.45pm Student Union

Debating Humanism (ed.) (Imprint Academic, 2006)
Who’s Antisocial?: New Labour and the Politics of Antisocial Behaviour (ed.) (Academy of Ideas, 2005)
The Changing Role of the Public Intellectual (ed.) (Routledge, 2004)
In Search of Sesame Street: Policing Civility for the 21st Century (Perpetuity, 1999)

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"Just when Kant's formulation that 'the public exercise of reason should be free' had begun to seem so remote and exhausted, the Battle should reinforce one's faith in the enduring worth of dissent and of the free traffic in ideas"
Swapan Chakravorty, professor of english, Jadavpur University