The Isaiah Berlin Lecture 2020

The College is pleased to announce
The Isaiah Berlin Lecture in Association with the Rothschild Foundation
(annual lecture in the History of Ideas)
The Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, date and time to be arranged
Open to the public

Quentin Skinner, Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities and Co-director, Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought, Queen Mary University of London
to be arranged

Using the work of Isaiah Berlin as a point of departure, the lecture will survey the difficulties that liberalism has experienced in responding to the recent resurgence of neo-fascism, ultra-nationalism, racism and xenophobia. Misrecognised as ‘populism’, these forces have thrived in the contemporary media ecology and have recently played a destructive, destabilising role in British politics. The results of their growing power are evident everywhere in Europe. The institutional integrity of democracy is in peril, yet these developments have attracted little critical comment from mainstream voices whose authority depends upon the refusal to appreciate the political damage that racism can do.

Previous Isaiah Berlin Lectures: