The 70th anniversary of George Orwell’s novel 1984 will be celebrated by an online event on 17 November to consider the legacies and future of authoritarianism.
Organised by the Open University’s Politics and International Studies department, it will feature guest speakers Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry of Truth: the Biography of George Orwell’s 1984 and DJ Taylor author of Orwell: The Life.
Both will be speaking alongside OU POLIS academics Geoff Andrews and Precious Chatterje-Doody, with POLIS’s Donna Smith chairing.
The topics under discussion will include:
• 1984 and modern parallels
• 21st century authoritarianism (politics, parties, leaders)
• the impact of the media
• what this means for democracy.
The an online event will be held in Microsoft Teams. It replaces the planned face-to-face meeting originally scheduled earlier this year.
Register via Eventbrite to receive an MS Teams invitation. People who registered for the postponed event will be contacted directly.