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 (www.culturewars.org.uk), where he writes about books, films and theatre. He is also one of the co-founders of the Manifesto Club, a campaign group for freedom in everyday life. He recently wrote a report, 28 ¾: How Constant Age Checks Are Infantilising Adults (September 2010). He has edited two collections of essays, The Changing Role of the Public Intellectual (Routledge, 2005) - the introduction is available here - and Debating Humanism (Imprint Academic, 2006).
Dolan has produced several strands and individual debates at the Battle of Ideas over the years, on themes as various as religion and secularism, liberty, culture, community, music, law and America, and he both speaks and chairs at similar events across the UK and beyond. He appears regularly on radio and television as a commentator on the above issues.
A complete archive of Dolan’s Culture Wars essays and reviews can be found here.
Saturday 16 May 2009, 3.15pm Churchill Room
The rise and rise of behavioural economics
Tuesday 13 October 2009, 7.00pm Notre Dame University, London
Divining art? Culture and the sacred in the 21st century
Thursday 15 October 2009, 6.30pm Leeds
Rethinking Freedom in the age of health and safety
Saturday 31 October 2009, 1.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Rethinking Privacy in an age of Disclosure and Sharing
Saturday 31 October 2009, 3.30pm Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Rethinking Freedom in an Illiberal Age: securing rights or celebrating liberty?
Sunday 1 November 2009, 9.45am Café
The Ugly Game? The Old Firm, football rivalry and the politics of behaviour
Sunday 1 November 2009, 10.45am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Nudge Nudge, Nag Nag: the new politics of behaviour
Sunday 1 November 2009, 1.45pm Student Union
Shaping Social Policy: Designers and Crime
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)
"Without ideas forged in the clash of opposition - there is no way forward. The Battle of Ideas is a must do event."
Lynne Featherstone MP, Liberal Democrats