Leicester Exchanges continue: arts funding, the Euro and more

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 09, 2011 02:29 PM |
Join in the latest discussions on the Leicester Exchanges website.

If you haven’t been over to the Leicester Exchanges website recently, you might not have noticed that we have two new topics under discussion there.

One question being considered is ’Can the Euro survive?’

Dr Adam Cygan from our School of Law explains why, in his opinion, “The EU bail-out package and the ad-hoc response to the debt crisis illustrates that the Eurozone, and the EU more generally, will now be dominated by an inner core of strong economies [which] will inevitably place their economic priorities before those of the weaker States.”

If you prefer arts and culture to economics, consider another topic: ‘Arts funding cuts – right or wrong?’

Professor James Chapman from our Department of History of Art and Film weighs up the pros and cons of abolishing the Film Council. Dr Janet Marstine from our School of Museum Studies considers the case of Ai Wei Wei, a Chinese artist imprisoned by the authorities. And Richard Foulkes, Emeritus Professor of Theatre History in our School of English, looks at the matter from a stage perspective.

We have also introduced Brief Exchanges, a section for one-off opinion pieces which don’t fit neatly into any of our general topics. Here you will find Ireen Zempi from the Department of Criminology on Islamic veils; Dr Keith Spence from Criminology on the legacy of Osama bin Laden, Sadiyo Siad from the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation on female genital mutilation; and Jon Garland and Neil Chakraborti from Criminology on rural racism and the ethnic non-diversity of Midsomer Murders.

Read what our writers have to say, then contribute your own thoughts in the comments.