Battle of Ideas — 13 & 14 October 2018

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In a rapidly changing world, debating ideas matters more than ever. The Battle of Ideas festival, at The Barbican in London, provides a unique forum to discuss the big issues of our time. Find out more about our 2017 festival here. Battle of Ideas 2018 will be on 13 & 14 October and Early Bird tickets are now on sale.

Those who enjoy the comfort of conventional wisdom will find the Battle of Ideas a very unsafe space.
Nick Cater, executive director, Menzies Research Centre,
Australia; columnist, The Australian

2018 Sessions will include…


Is democracy in crisis?


The financial crisis 10 years on


Agri-revolution: can technology feed the world?


Automatic lovers: should we be worried about sex robots?


Have we defused the ‘Population Bomb’?


Do the right thing? The moral responsibility of the artist


Charities: has the halo slipped?


What is a woman anyway?


Is social media bad for mental health?


After the Windrush scandal: immigration and citizenship


From Hungary to Italy: what’s behind the new populism?


The Jordan Peterson effect: why are psychologists the new rock stars?


Should we be fighting a War on Plastic?


From consent apps to Tinder: the new sexual etiquette


Literature and cultural appropriation