Regaining Our Futures: How can political theory help us break free of the tyranny of the present?

Inaugural Lecture by Pr Albena Azmanova (Hybrid Event)

We are pleased to announce we will be hosting this event at our campus in honour of our newly promoted Professor Albena Azmanova. Join us as we learn about her intellectual path and current research, and help us celebrate her achievements.

18:00: Welcome drinks

18:10: Inaugural Lecture by Albena Azmanova, which will also be streamed online

19:10: Drinks reception

Regaining Our Futures: How can political theory help us break free of the tyranny of the present.

In the early 21st century, Western societies are at the height of their affluence, scientific brilliance, and institutional sophistication. Yet, they have lost the capacity to cope with the present and navigate the future. Long-term and global policy commitments are often neglected in favour of short-term and local concerns. We are trapped in the tyranny of a present scarred by rising inequality, precarity, discrimination and autocratic rule. Can political theory help us break free?

In her presentation, Professor Azmanova will draw on some of the conceptual innovations she has developed throughout her life’s work as a political theorist, starting with her critical engagement in the 1989 revolution in her native Bulgaria, to suggest ways of expanding our intellectual and political ambitions.

Booking details

For in-person attendance, please register for this event by 4 April, by sending an email to with "Inaugural Lecture" as the title. 

The online stream will begin at 18:10 and will be accessible to all through this link

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