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Inequality: The Brief History

IF Students at a recent ‘Inequality: The Brief History’ lecture

IF Students at a recent ‘Inequality: The Brief History’ lecture

What is the course about?

Everybody thinks they know what inequality is, but in practice its meaning is highly contested. 

This course will look at the variously portrayed and sometimes turbulent history of ideas of inequality, and of the attempts by thinkers, writers, poets  and intellectual communities to champion fairer, more egalitarian societies.

We will read and discuss the work of a diverse range of historical and contemporary thinkers and writers, from Karl Marx to James Baldwin, Mary Wollstonecraft to Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Percy Bysshe Shelley to Ali Smith. 

Lectures and seminars will be led by university lecturers and postgraduate researchers and look at  historical struggles to erode and combat inequality, and how definitions and perceptions of equality have changed. 

Lecturers will include Professor Rosemary Ashton, Emeritus Emeritus Quain Professor of English Language and Literature and an Honorary Fellow of UCL, and Dr George Hoare, formerly Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Leiden University College, the Netherlands.



The course will take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 8 weeks from September 6 to November 1, 2018. 


Lectures and seminars will be held at St Margaret's House, 21 Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL. The venue is a very short walk from Bethnal Green underground station.

Who can apply?

Anyone eighteen or over can apply to study with IF. Applicants who have not studied for a degree will be given priority. No prior experience is required. 

Inequality: A Brief History - Application Form

To apply to take 'Inequality: A Brief History', please fill out the application form below. We will let you know as soon as possible whether we are able to offer you a place on this course.