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What Traditions, Whose Culture, What Curriculum? The Battle for Britain’s Identity

Over the last 18 months, much of Britain’s cultural and academic establishment have fallen in with a new cultural norm. Leading figures in the media, the universities and in public life advocate

  • Removing statues that have stood in streets and squares for decades or centuries
  • Changing the history taught in schools
  • ‘Decolonizing the curriculum’ at university

But should the frenzy of the moment be allowed to eradicate the cultural and historical traditions in schools, universities and public places? At lunchtime on Thursday 9th December, Politeia will hold a special event to discuss the themes in John Marenbon’s new Politeia publication, The Battle for Britain’s Cultural identity – Against the New Normal. In it he responds to the threats posed to three areas of cultural life – public commemoration, history at schools and university curricula.Guest Speakers will include

  • John Marenbon FBA, Trinity College Cambridge, fellow of the British Academy and Honorary Professor of Medieval Philosophy at Cambridge, author of The Battle for Britain’s Cultural Identity – Against the New Normal
  • David Abulafia FBA, Professor of Mediterranean History and Papthomas Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College
  • Allison Pearson, columnist and chief interviewer for The Daily Telegraph
  • Sir Christopher Chope OBE MP, Member of Parliament for Christchurch (Dorset), and Chair of Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, 4th Committee stage sitting

Chairing the meeting will be Dr Sheila Lawlor, Politeia’s Research Director.

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