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Engelsberg Seminars

The Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation's Engelsberg Seminar is a forum for promoting independent discussion of practical and spiritual matters of importance to Swedish society and culture, and promotes Sweden's ongoing contribution to international, interdisciplinary humanist debate.

Religion (2014)

  Engelsbergsseminariet2014.pdf

Lecturers and Moderator: Associate Professor of Creative Writing, US Reza Aslan, Professor of Modern Jewish History, France Esther Benbassa, Fellow and Lecturer, Israel Benedetta Berti, Fellow, The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, UK Jessica Frazier, Professor, Denmark Armin W. Geertz, Professor, US Ariel Glucklich, Professor, UK Martin Goodman, Professor, Norway Janne Haaland Matlary, Professor, The Netherlands Wouter Hanegraaff, Professor, UK Hugh N. Kennedy, Writer, UK, Gary Lachman, Professor Emeritus, UK Julius J. Lipner, Professor, UK Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor , UK Simon May, Associate Professor, Australia Richard Miles, Professor, US Candida R. Moss, Professor, UK Robin Osborne, University Lecturer, UK William O’ Reilly, Harrington Professor of Religion, US Elaine Pagels, Professor, UK Wolfgang Palaver, Associate Professor, The Netherlands Marco Pasi, Professor, US Daniel T. Potts, Professor, UK Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Writer and Journalist, SWE Göran Rosenberg, Independent Writer, UK, Malise Ruthven, Professor, France John Schneid, Professor, UK Mona Siddiqui, Minister, Finland, Pär Stenbäck, Associate Professor, Sweden Jayne Svenungsson, Professor, UK Harvey Whitehouse, Moderator, Sweden, Ulf Wickbom, Writer, UK, A.N Wilson, Professor, US David Sloan Wilson, Management Editor, UK Adrian Wooldridge.

Civilisation (2013)

  Engelsbergsseminariet2013.pdf

Lecturers and Moderator: Author, Australia John Armstrong, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, UK Graeme Barker, Ambassador, Sweden Örjan Berner, Professor of Federal Jurisprudence at Columbia University, USA Philip Bobbitt, Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, University of Cambridge, UK Peter Burke, Professor of Greek Language and Literature, University of Bristol, UK Richard Buxton, Philosopher and Author, UK Stephen Cave Professor of International Relations, LSE, UK Christopher Coker, Fellow of the McDonald Institute, Cambridge, UK Harriet Crawford, Ambassador, Sweden Rolf Ekéus, Professor of Political Science, Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany Karsten Fischer, Author, Australia Jack Fuller, Professor of History, Princeton University, USA Anthony Grafton Professor of the History of International Relations Cambridge University, UK Jonathan Haslam, Author and Broadcaster, UK Eva Hoffman, Historian, Author and Broadcaster, UK Tom Holland, Professor of Modern History, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA Jonathan Israel, Director of the Changing Character of War (CCW) research programme at Oxford University, UK Robert Johnson, Senior Lecturer of Classics, University of Sydney, Australia Richard Miles, Professor of History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford, UK Rana Mitter, Professor of Sanskrit and South Asian Studies, Columbia University, USA Sheldon Pollock, Journalist and Author, Sweden Göran Rosenberg, Professor Emeritus of History, Queen Mary College, University of London, UK Donald Sassoon, Journalist and Author, Sweden Nathan Shachar, Journalist and Author, Sweden Richard Swartz, Author and Critic, UK David J. Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Social Conditions for Human Happiness at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands Ruut Veenhoven, Professor of Comparative Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, UK David Wengrow, Emeritus Fellow of All Souls, University of Oxford, UK Martin West, Anthropological archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology, New York University, USA Rita Wright, Moderator: Ulf Wickbom.

The Pursuit of Europe (2012)

  Engelsbergsseminariet2012.pdf

Lecturers and Moderator: Professor of European History Peter Alter, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia, Professor of European Union Law José M. de Areilza, Professor of Inter national History Patricia Clavin, Counsellor Robert Cooper, Latvian Ambassador to the Ukraine Argita Daudze, Commentator and Host Konstantin von Eggert, Professor Emeritus of Modern History John Elliott Regius, Professor of European Policy Studies Ahmet Evin Jean Monnet, Senior Research Fellow Emeritus Pierre Hassner, Professor of International Management Hans-Olaf Henkel, Swedish Member of the European Parliament Gunnar Hökmark, Former Economics Editor Peter Jay, Editor of Die Zeit Josef Joffe, Leader Writer and Columnist Oliver Kamm, Professor Eric Kaufmann, Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, Economic Adviser Philippe Legrain, Director Mark Leonard, Professor of Politics Jan-Werner Müller, Professor of Political Science and History Anthony Pagden, Senior Advisor & Professor George Pagoulatos, Professor of European and Global History Kiran Klaus Patel, Political Commentator Agnès C. Poirier, Columnist Alan Posener, Political Editor David Rennie, Professor of Political Science and Classics Giulia Sissa, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Pär Stenbäck, Director Global Economic Attitudes Bruce Stokes, Professor of Population Studies David Voas, Academician of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Yu Yongding, Professor of European Politics Jan Zielonka, Moderator Ulf Wickbom.

Politics and Ideology (2011)

  Engelsbergsseminariet2011.pdf

Lecturers and Moderator: Professor Ulrike Ackermann, Research Director Scott Atran, Journalist and Author James Bartholomew, Professor Michael Bentley, Author Paul Berman, Research Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Parliamentary Private Secretary Nicholas Boles, Councellor in the European External Action Service Robert Cooper, Member of the Editorial Board of Die Politische Meinung Stephan Eisel, Professor Richard J Evans, Professor Michael Freeden, Editor David Frum, Professor Dick Harrison, Director Anna Jardfelt, Leader writer Oliver Kamm, Author Robert Kaplan, Professor John Keane, Senior Research Fellow Johan Lagerkvist, Director Mark Leonard, Director John Lloyd, Washington Bureau Chief Hisham Melhem, Senior Lecturer Richard Miles, Emeritus Professor Kenneth Minogue, Professor Minxin Pei, Writer Malise Ruthven, State Secretary Per Schlingmann, Visiting Fellow Roger Scruton, Foreign Correspondent Nathan Shachar, Chairman of Sonecon Robert Shapiro, Former Spokes Person Green Party Maria Wetterstrand, Moderator Ulf Wickbom.

On Capitalism (2010)

  Engelsbergsseminariet2010.pdf

Lecturers and Moderator: Deputy Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker, Chief Economist Erik Berglöf, Investment Manager Edward Chancellor, Presenter Evan Davis, Ambassador Rolf Ekéus, Director of Economic Policy Studies and Senior Fellow at AEI Kevin Hassett, Leader Writer Oliver Kamm, Author and Journalist Akash Kapur, Author and Economist John Kay, Professor Deirdre McCloskey, Professor Philip Mirowski, Professor Joel Mokyr, Director Geoff Mulgan, Co-founder and director of Eurointelligence Advisers Wolfgang Münchau, Freelance free-marketer Johan Norberg, Dr. of Economy Kjell A. Nordström, Professor Avner Offer, Professor and Director Minxin Pei, Tallinn University of Technology Carlota Perez, Writer Göran Rosenberg, Professor Emma Rothschild, Professor Donald Sassoon, Foreign Correspondent Nathan Shachar, Professor Emeritus Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus Donald Winch.

On the Idea of America (2009)

  Engelsbergsseminariet2009.pdf

Lecturers and Moderator: Professor Peter Baldwin, Senior Fellow Peter Beinart, Professor Kathleen Burk, Associate Professor David Ellwood, Journalist and Historian Godfrey Hodgson, President Jong-Yil Ra, Leader Writer Oliver Kamm, Professor Deepak Lal, Professor Anatol Lieven, Director John Lloyd, Bureau Chief Edward Luce, Professor Pauline Maier, Author Director Douglas Murray, Professor David Reynolds, Research Program Director Philippe Roger, Writer Göran Rosenberg, Chairman and co-founder Robert J Shapiro, Professor Anders Stephanson, Associate Professor Reinhold Wagnleitner, Professor Emeritus Daniel Walker Howe, Professor Alan Wolfe.

On Russia (2008)

  TheEngelsbergSeminar2008.pdf

Lecturers: Ms. Anne Applebaum, Mr. Erik Berglöf, Professor Per-Arne Bodin, Ambassador Rodric Braithwaite, Ms. Thérèse Delpeche, Ambassador Rolf Ekéus, Mr. Philip Hanson, Professor Geoffrey Hosking, F. Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar, F. Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, Professor Dominic Lieven, Mr. Kadri Liik, Mr. Fyodor Lukyanov, Professor Andrei Melville, Professor Cathrine Merridale, Mr. Arkady Ostrovsky, Mr. Vladimir Ryzhkov, Ms. Ekaterina Sokirianskaia, Professor Konstantin Sonin, Mr. Dmitri Trenin, Professor Andrei Zorin. Moderators: Mr. John Lloyd, Mr Martin Ådahl.

What is the West? (2007)

  TheEngelsbergSeminar2007.pdf

Lecturers: Professor Sahin Alpay, Professor Philip Bobbitt, Ambassador Rolf Ekéus, Mr. David Frum, Professor Bo Huldt, Mr. Robert Irwin, Professor Hans Kollhoff, Professor David Landes, Professor Avishai Margalit, Mrs. Nadezhda Mihaylova, Mr. Pankaj Mishra, Professor Philip Nemo, Mr. Göran Rosenberg, Dr. Roger Scruton, Mr. Töger Seidenfaden, Dr. Robert Shapiro, Dr. Larry Siedentop, Mrs. Marina Warner, Dr. Georgios Varouxakis, Mr. Ibn Warraq. Moderator: Mr. Edward Lucas

The Secular State & Society (2006)

  TheEngelsbergSeminar2006.pdf

Lecturers and Moderator: Mr. Paul Berman, Mr. Theodore Dalrymple, Ambassador Rolf Ekéus, Professor Dogu Ergil, Mr. Lars Hedegaard, Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Professor Jonathan Israel, Professor Sunil Khilnani, Mr. Pierre Lellouche, Mr. Edward Lucas, Mr. Etyen Mahcupyan, Mr. Kenan Malik, Professor Tariq Ramadan, Dr. Hugh Roberts, Professor Olivier Roy, Dr. Carl Rudbeck, Mr. Paul Scheffer, Dr. Roger Scruton, Mr. Nathan Shachar, Professor Bassam Tibi, Dr. Charles Tripp and Mr. Ibn Warraq.

Empire and the Future World Order (2005)

  TheEngelsbergSeminar2005.pdf

Lecturers and Moderators: Dr. Peter Bender, Professor Philip Bobbitt, Professor Ian Buruma, Professor David Coleman, Mr. Robert Cooper, Mr. Niklas Ekdal, Professor William Kirby, Professor Deepak Lal,
Mr. Edward Lucas, Professor Charles Maier, Ms. Jan Morris, Ms. Christine Ockrent, Mr. Orhan Pamuk, Professor Richard Pipes, Mr. David Rieff, Professor György Schöplin, Mr. Tøger Seidenfaden, Mr. Nathan Shachar, Dr. Ross Terrill, Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Lord Hugh Thomas.

Media and Media Power (2004)

  TheEngelsbergSeminar2004.pdf

Lecturers: Mr. Sidney Blumenthal, Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, Mr. Niklas Ekdal, Professor Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Mr. Jonathan Fenby, Mr. David Frum, Mr. David Goodhart, Professor Roy Greenslade, Ms. Isabel Hilton, Ms. Shuli Hu, Mr. Laurent Joffrin, Mr. John Lloyd, Mr. Edward Lucas, Mr. Adam Michnik, Ms. Anna Politkovskaia, Mr.William H. Roedy, Mr. Nathan Shachar, Mr. Thomas Steinfeld, Mr. Tarun Tejpal, Mr. Shashi Tharoor.

Towards a Cosmopolitan Culture? (2003)

  TheEngelsbergSeminar2003.pdf

Lecturers: Dr. Catherine Audard, Professor Elazar Barkan, Professor Emeritus Zygmunt Bauman, Professor Emeritus Norman Birnbaum, Professor Philip Bobbitt, Professor Dr. Michael Bommes, Professor Ingvild Saelid Gilhus, Professor Emeritus Nathan Glazer, Editor-in-Chief David Goodhart, Member of Parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Mr. Christopher Hitchens, Professor Russell Jacoby, Professor Jytte Klausen, Professor Adam Kuper, Mr. Kenan Malik, Mr. Richard Swartz.

Consciousness, Genetics and Society (2002)

  TheEngelsbergSeminar2002.pdf

Lecturers: Martin Alda, Luke Anderson, Erwin Bischofberger, Leonard Guarente, Richard Heinberg, Evelyn Fox Keller, Georg Klein, Kenan Malik, Johnjoe McFadden, Mary Midgley, Max More, Raja Ramanna, Hilary Rose, Steven Rose, Lee M Silver, Sverre Sjölander, Robert Wright, P. A. Zavos.

The Future of Religion (2001)

  TheEngelsbergSeminar2001.pdf

Lecturers: Withney Bodman, José Casanova, Harvey Cox, Erik Davis, Rolf Ekéus, Antoine Faivre, John Farrell, John F Haught, Paul Heelas, Massimo Introvigne, Robert Jay Lifton, Michael Maccoby, Morton Narrowe, Elaine Pagels, Gilles Quispel.

Illustration: Claes Jurander

Visions of the Future (2000)

  TheEngelsbergSeminar2000.pdf

Lecturers: Harold Bloom, Ingvar Carlsson, Martin van Creveld, Rolf Ekéus, Bernt Ericson, Henry Etzkowitz, Kay Glans, Nils Karlson, David Kimche, Allan Larsson, Dan Laurin, Robert Jay Lifton, Mikael Löfgren, Michael Maccoby, Lars Magnusson, Anders Mortensen, Ulf Pettersson, Agneta Pleijel, Jeffrey Rosen, Göran Rosenberg, Johan Rådberg, Saskia Sassen, Robert J. Shapiro, Joan Solomon, Johan Svedjedal, Peter Sylwan, John Ziman.

The Swedish Success-Story? (1999)

  TheEngelsbergSeminar1999.pdf

Lecturers: Håkan Arvidsson, Henrik Berggren, Sheri Berman, Per Olof Bolander, Göran Dahl, Kajsa Ekholm Friedman, Jonas Frykman, Kristian Gerner, Kay Glans, Bernt Henningsen, Madeleine Hurd, Anders Isaksson, Alf W Johansson, Rune Johansson, Mikael af Malmborg, Per Molander, Ann-Sofie Ohlander, Olav Riste, Hans Ingvar Roth, Kim Salomon, Patrick Salmon, Fredrik Schoug, Bo Stråth, Rolf Torstendahl, Kjell Östberg.