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Battle of Ideas Stockholm


lördag 18 november
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Battle Of Ideas Europe returns to Stockholm and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern on the 18th of November. This year we are hosting debates on five burning topics, with prominent speakers from Great Britain and Sweden.

FAKE NEWS AND RIGGED ELECTIONS: MORAL PANIC OR THREAT TO DEMOCRACY? 11:00—12:15  

From Donald Trump to Angela Merkel, everyone is obsessed with fake news. But how much of a problem is fake news?  Some critics suggest that the term is used not only about blatantly made-up stories, but also merely partisan claims that would previously have warranted a counter-argument. Should we be more discerning about what is and isn’t labelled fake news, or is the very concept flawed?

SPEAKERS:
Martin Kragh, Utrikespoltiska institutet
Jakob Ohlsson, campaign director Reform Act
Rob Lyons, science and technology director, Institute of Ideas; convenor, IoI Economy Forum
CHAIR:
Pauline Hadaway, writer and researcher; author, Re-imagining Titanic, re-imaging Belfast and Policing the Public Gaze 

THE URBAN-RURAL DIVIDE: DISSECTING THE CULTURE WARS 12:30—13:45

I have seen the future — and it has a Swedish accent,’ declared tech bible Wired when praising Stockholm’s plans to implement new ideas in energy management, eldercare and transportation. But beyond the metropolis, Sweden’s rural communities are shrinking and becoming impoverished as they struggle with the effects of long-term population loss to the cities. How should we understand Sweden’s urban-rural divide? Is it merely a ‘morbid symptom’ of a dying political order, or are the sentiments expressed the first signs of a democratic renewal? 

SPEAKERS:
Lars Trägårdh, prof. Sköndals högskola
Helena Jonsson, former head of Swedish farmer association LRF and author of ”Varför behöver alla en bonde?” (Why Everyone Needs a Farmer)
Alastair Donald, associate director, Institute of Ideas; co-director, Future Cities Project
CHAIR: 
Austin Williams
senior lecturer, Dept of Architecture, Kingston University, London

BOOK LAUNCH CHINA’S URBAN REVOLUTION: UNDERSTANDING CHINESE ECO-CITIES 14:0014:30

When author Austin Williams started researching China’s Urban Revolution: understanding Chinese eco-cities in 2012, China laid claim to 11 Eco-cities… environmentally-friendly, sustainable, smart, low-carbon, urban centres. It now boasts 285. From the edge of an impending eco-catastrophe, we are arguably witnessing history’s greatest environmental turnaround – an urban experiment that may provide valuable lessons for cities worldwide. Williams will give a short illustrated presentation to be followed by a book signing.

IN THE WAKE OF WEINSTEIN: #METOO, CALLING OUT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT 14:45—16:00

The startling accusations from a plethora of actresses levelled at Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein have led to millions of women across the world sharing on social media their experiences of sexual harassment, using the hashtag #MeToo. Many say the public naming of, mainly, male creeps is necessary, since the judicial system over and over again has proved ineffective or even unwilling when it comes to dealing with female experiences of oppression. But while calling out harassment is said to be empowering, there are concerns that there is a danger of a name-and-shame witch-hunt, with calls to blacklist named individuals for behaviour of various levels of seriousness. Is #MeToo a valuable way for the everywoman to show solidarity with victims and raise awareness of the broader problems of sexual harassment everywhere? Or does it stir up the gender wars, exaggerating the idea that most men are sexual predators and most women their victims?

SPEAKERS:
Cissi Wallin, writer and activist
Jan Macvarish, department of law, Birkbeck, University of London
Jonathan Rollins, stand up-comedian, Power Meeting Podcast
Marte Michelet, historian, journalist and feminist, initiator of Norwegian anti-harassment campaign "Sett grenser"
CHAIR:
Nathalie Rotschild, journalist, producer Sveriges Radio and contributor to publications including the Wall Street Journal, Slate, Haaretz and the Atlantic.

HATE SPEECH AND DEMOCRACY: SHOULD WE TOLERATE THE INTOLERANT? 16:00—17:15

Activity from neo-nazis in Sweden reached an unprecedented high in 2016 and when the Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) recently marched through the center of Gothenburg, it lead to a national debate reaching all the way up to government-level. Where do the boundaries lie between freedom and protection? Can we really justify hate speech as free speech if it silences those threatened? Is there a direct correlation between people spurting hateful words and others carrying out violent actions? Or is it important we distinguish mean words from throwing sticks and stones?

SPEAKERS:
Sanna Rayman, editor of debate at Dagens Samhälle
Michael Goldfarb, journalist and historian, FRDH Podcast
Jonathan Lundqvist, president of the Swedish section of reporters without borders
Kajsa Ekis Ekman, author and regular contributor to newspaper Dagens Nyheter
Pauline Hadaway, writer and researcher; author, Re-imagining Titanic, re-imaging Belfast and Policing the Public Gaze 
CHAIR: Alastair Donald, associate director, Institute of Ideas; co-director, Future Cities Project

AMERICA: WHERE NOW? 17:30—18:30

After less than a year in office, Trump has already retreated his three key ideological pillars of closed borders, economic nationalism and an interests-based foreign policy. Progress on a border wall with Mexico has stalled and Ford elected to build new car plants in China rather than the US heartlands.

All this raises questions as to what sort of worldview actually drives Trump. And where America is headed under his presidency. Are we witnessing the unstoppable decay that signals the end of an era – or can America be great again? 

SPEAKERS:
Karin Henriksson, journalist and Washington correspondent for SvD
Roland Poirer Martinsson, conservative public intellectual
Michael Goldfarb, journalist and historian, FRDH Podcast
Billy McCormac, president Fastighetsägarna Stockholm, political analyst
CHAIR:
Rob Lyons science and technology director, Institute of Ideas; convenor, IoI Economy Forum