Big Picture Politics: Democracy And The Making Of The Modern World

Big Picture Politics: Democracy And The Making Of The Modern World

Tuesday 19 October 2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre

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The fourth in a series of discussions led by distinguished academic Joe Foweraker. Here are the topics for the next 5 sessions:

19 Oct State, nation, regime, civil society – where does politics take place?
2 Nov How can a republic coexist with large – and often increasing – inequalities of income and wealth?
16 Nov What distinguishes civil and political and social and human rights? And do the differences matter?
30 Nov What does social mobilization and protest have to do with individual rights?
14 Dec What is populism and why is it suddenly so prevalent?

These are for everyone – of any age, and no experience necessary. All you need is curiosity, and an interest in how the world works. The aim is to make these as open as possible, so there will be a suggested donation of £5 or £3 per session, with a free option as well – all of which can be booked by email to

Each week we will address a BIG question that may serve to provide an initial direction for the conversation. Read more about Joe and this series of discussions in our recent blog post.

Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.

Update: April 2022

  • Face masks: In the Main Hall, on the ground floor, these are recommended at all times, but are optional. Anyone who sits upstairs in the balcony MUST wear a face mask – with NO exceptions (not even those who are exempt). This is to allow people who are clinically vulnerable to have a place to sit where seats are naturally separated, so: (a) to provide a place for people who want to be as distanced as possible from others, and with anyone nearby wearing a mask; (b) as virus particles when airborne are generally heavier than air, this helps to mitigate the risk of transmission from people sitting in the balcony to audience members below.
  • The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. Although we have heating, this might mean that the ambient temperature is a little cooler than some might like, and audience members should dress accordingly.
  • Please, if you can, take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the Arts Centre, and if this is positive, don’t come. These tests aim to pick up anyone who is infectious at the moment of testing, so please take the test as late as possible on the same day before coming to the Arts Centre. If you test positive, a refund or transfer of your ticket to another event can be arranged, if you let us know before the start of the event, by emailing