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‘What was the true Legacy of the Olympics?’: join in the debate online

From its immediate impact on the host-city to the global reverberations, listen to the full audio recording of openDemocracy’s debate ‘Culture, Liberty and London after the Olympics’. Join the debate and help shape the Legacy of the 2012 Games. 

ourKingdom editors
12 September 2012

On Monday 10th September, as the London 2012 victory parade marked the official closing of the Games, OurKingdom and openDemocracy hosted a public conversation at London’s Cafe Oto on the subject ‘Culture, Liberty and London After the Olympics’.

While the question of Legacy is frequently imagined in terms of the immediate geography of the Olympic Park, this was not just a discussion for Londoners, by Londoners. From corporate power to militarisation, patriotism to the function of spectacle, the issues raised by this debate have repercussions far beyond the host-city and indeed the UK. Is the Left inherently cynical? Did the Games help to stimulate a renewed vision of Britishness? What about the significance of the Olympics as a global event?

Streamed live by Resonance FM, a full recording of the event is available to listen above as we invite you to participate in the discussion: ‘What was the true Legacy of the Olympics?’  

Can there be a green populist project on the Left?

Many on the Left want to return to a politics based on class, not populism. They point to Left populist parties not reaching their goals. But Chantal Mouffe argues that as the COVID-19 pandemic has put the need for protection from harm at the top of the agenda, a Left populist strategy is now more relevant than ever.

Is this an opportunity for a realignment around a green democratic transformation?

Join us for a free live discussion on Thursday 22 October, 5pm UK time/12pm EDT.

Hear from:

Paolo Gerbaudo Sociologist and political theorist, director of the Centre for Digital Culture at King’s College London and author of ‘The Mask and the Flag: Populism and Global Protest’ and ‘The Digital Party: Political Organisation and Online Democracy’, and of the forthcoming ‘The Great Recoil: Politics After Populism and Pandemic’.

Chantal Mouffe Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster in London. Her most recent books are ‘Agonistics. Thinking the World Politically’, ‘Podemos. In the Name of the People’ and ‘For a Left Populism’.

Spyros A. Sofos Researcher and research coordinator at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University and author of ‘Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe’, ‘Tormented by History’ and ‘Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks'.

Chair: Walid el Houri Researcher, journalist and filmmaker based between Berlin and Beirut. He is partnerships editor at openDemocracy and lead editor of its North Africa, West Asia project.

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