Lit Fest

LSE’s 8th Literary Festival, inspired by the anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, explored the power of dreams and the imagination and the importance of idealism, dissidence, escapism and nostalgia, as well as the benefits of looking at the world in different ways.

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Party AnimalsPolis LSE Lit Fest Conversation: Party Animals: Growing Up Communist

Speaker: David Aaronovitch




Jacqueline RoseForum for European Philosophy LSE Lit Fest discussion: Ideals of Equality: Feminisms in the Twenty-First Century

Speakers: Professor Sophie-Grace Chappell, Professor Heidi Mirza, Professor Jacqueline Rose, Zoe Williams




Department of Management: The Innovations of the FutureIndustries of the Future

Speaker: Alec Ross




jews and photographyLSE Lit Fest Discussion: Creating and Challenging Utopia: New Perspectives in Jewish History

Speakers: Professor Michael Berkowitz, Professor David De Vries and Dr Sharman Kadish




Happiness by DesignLSE Lit Fest Discussion: The Allure of Happy Endings

Speakers: Dr Molly Crockett, Professor Paul Dolan and Sinéad Moriarty




Doing Good Better]LSE Marshall Institute Lit Fest Discussion: Idealistic, Ostentatious or Indispensable? Examining the Utopian Aims of Philanthropy

Speakers: Dr Rory Brooks, Rebecca Eastmond, Dr William MacAskill and Caroline Mason




You Don't have to live like thisRalph Miliband LSE Lit Fest Discussion: We Don’t Have to Live Like This: Experiments in Utopian Living

Speakers: Michael Caines, Benjamin Markovits and Jacqueline Yallop




The ghostRoyal Society of Literature LSE Lit Fest Conversation: The Political Novel

Speaker: Robert Harris




IllegalityLSE Department of Media & Communications Lit Fest Discussion: Uninvited Arrivals: Refugees and the Challenge of Responsibility

Speakers: Dr Ruben Andersson, Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, Dr Myria Georgiou and Dr Pierluigi Musarò




KintuLSE Africa Talks Lit Fest Discussion: Imagining African Futures

Speakers: Leye Adenle, Jennifer Makumbi and Chibundu Onuzo




Englishman in MadridLSE Cañada Blanch Centre Lit Fest Discussion: Fact versus Fiction? The Spanish Civil War in the Literary Imagination

Speakers: Professor Helen Graham, Eduardo Mendoza and Professor Paul Preston




Utopias as MethodLSE International Inequalities Institute Lit Fest Lecture: Utopia in the Twenty-first Century

Speakers: Professor Ruth Levitas and Professor Mike Savage




The Silk RoadsLSE Lit Fest Discussion: Looking Eastwards: Cultural Exchange with the Islamic World

Speakers: Professor Jerry Brotton and Dr Peter Frankopan




One SchoolLSE Government Department, European Institute and LSE IDEAS Lit Fest Discussion: One School, Two Visions

Speakers: Professor Michael Cox and Professor Chandran Kukathas




Lit Fest Logo 2International Growth Centre LSE Lit Fest Film Screening & Discussion: How Can We Transform the Economic Lives of the Ultra Poor? 

Speakers: Professor Robin Burgess, Professor Naila Kabeer and Lewis Temple




utopian lit and scienceLSE Language Centre Lit Fest Discussion: Utopia: Getting Somewhere or Going Nowhere?

Speakers: Toby Litt, Patrick Parrinder and Samantha Shannon




UNLSE Law Lit Fest Event: United Nations on Trial

Speakers: The Hon. Mr Justice Jay, Gráinne Mellon, Professor Gerry Simpson, Paul Clark, Natalie Samarasinghe, Dr Nazila Ghanea, Professor Francoise Hampson, Antony Loewenstein and Carne Ross




Star Trek bookLSE Lit Fest Discussion: To Boldly Go: What Star Trek Tells Us about the World

Speakers: Professor Michèle Barrett, Duncan Barrett, Professor Barry Buzan and Professor Steven French




NightwalkinLSE Cities Lit Fest Discussion: The Future City: Cruel or Consoling Utopia?

Speakers: Darran Anderson, Dr Matthew Beaumont, Professor Rachel Cooper




BBC Born Chinese

LSE Department of International Relations Lit Fest Film Screening and Discussion: BBC: British Born Chinese

Speakers: Dr Elena Barabantseva, Anna Chen, Andy Lawrence and Dr Véronique Pin-Fat




LandskippingLSE Lit Fest Discussion: Utopian Gardening, Landscapes and the Imagination

Speakers: Anna Pavord, Dan Pearson and Margaret Willes




MaigretLSE Lit Fest Discussion: My Friend Maigret: Escapism, Dreams and the Imagination in Simenon

Speakers: Professor John Gray, Ros Schwartz, John Simenon




Emergency ZooLSE Widening Participation Lit Fest Discussion: Re-Writing the Past vs Imagining the Future

Speakers: Miriam Halahmy, Philip Womack, M M Vaughan




LSE Department of Social Psychology and NERRI Lit Fest Discussion: Out of our Bodies: Can We Ever Free Consciousness?

Speakers: Ned Beauman, Dr Kate Devlin, Professor Nicholas Humphrey and Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch




Global ShakespeareLSE Lit Fest Discussion: Worlds Elsewhere: Global Shakespeare

Speakers: Ben Crystal, Andrew Dickson, Dr Varsha Panjwani