Dolan Cummings is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Ideas, having been its research and editorial director from 2001 to 2010. He continues to edit the IoI’s online review Culture Wars and is also one of the co-founders of the Manifesto Club, a campaign group for freedom in everyday life, for which he has written reports such as, 28 ¾: How Constant Age Checks Are Infantilising Adults. He has edited two collections of essays, The Changing Role of the Public Intellectual (Routledge, 2005) and Debating Humanism (Imprint Academic, 2006).
Dolan has produced several strands and individual debates at the Battle of Ideas over the years, on religion and secularism, liberty, culture, community, music, law and America, and he both speaks and chairs at similar events across the UK and beyond. Professionally he works as a speechwriter and copy editor.
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)
"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