Dr James Panton
head of upper sixth and head of politics, Magdalen College School; associate professor of philosophy, Open University; co-editor, From Self to Selfie: a critique of contemporary forms of alienation

Dr James Panton is head of upper sixth and head of politics at Magdalen College School, Oxford; and associate lecturer in philosophy at the Open University. He previously taught political theory and intellectual history at St John’s College, Hertford College, and Balliol College, Oxford, and he was responsible for setting up the tutorial teaching training programme for graduate students in the department of politics and international relations, University of Oxford.

James continues to teach politics, philosophy and intellectual history regularly for the department of continuing education at the University of Oxford. He is the author of academic and mainstream media articles and commentaries. He is currently co-editing From Self to Selfie: A Critique of Contemporary forms of Alienation (Palgrave Macmillan forthcoming, 2019 – it can be pre-ordered here). James has also campaigned around politics and civil liberties. He was a founder member of the pressure group The Manifesto Club which campaigns against the hyper regulation of everyday life, and he was instrumental in establishing the ProTest movement in defence of animal research at Oxford University.


Saturday 12 October, 15:15 The Old Joint Stock, 4 Temple Row West, Birmingham, B2 5NY
Whose home is it anyway?

Saturday 2 November, 17:30 Level G Studio
From self to selfie: Lasch’s Culture of Narcissism, 40 years on

Sunday 3 November, 10:00 Auditorium 2
From referendums to citizens’ assemblies: does democracy need a makeover?