BY Paul Clinton in Culture Digest | 25 JUN 16

Weekend Reading List

A weekend reading list on the UK vote to leave the European Union

BY Paul Clinton in Culture Digest | 25 JUN 16

  • ‘Because night fell and the barbarians didn’t come.
    And some returned from the borders,
    and said that barbarians no longer exist.

    And now what will we become without barbarians.
    Those people were a kind of solution. ’

    Poet C.P. Cavafy and the case for cosmopolitanism.

  • Was Brexit fuelled by nostalgia for empire? An article from Critical Legal Thinking.

  • ‘People want their country back’ – the possible effects of Brexit on the Trump campaign.

  • ‘Yet Blair still can’t seem to accept the reasons he lost power. For one thing, it’s hard to trust anyone who uses the phrase “these people”.’ New Labour’s role in the social divisions that led to Brexit.

  • Is right wing populism taking hold of Europe? Philosopher Chantal Mouffe argues that populism presents an opportunity for a progressive counter-politics.

  • Mark Leonard, author of Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century, talks to The Atlantic about the meaning of Brexit.

  • How will Brexit affect Britain’s arts and sciences?

  • Paul Gilroy, writing in 2004, reflects on the need for a multiculture not multiculturalism, and the problems of calls for the assimilation of immigrants.

Paul Clinton is a writer, curator and editor based in London, UK. He is a lecturer in curating at Goldsmiths, University of London.