1984, New Authoritarianism and the Media


This event will both celebrate the recent 70th anniversary of George Orwell’s 1984 and consider the legacies and future of authoritarianism.

Tuesday 17th November (18:30-20:00)

Come along to discuss:

  • 1984 and modern parallels
  • 21st century authoritarianism (politics, parties, leaders)
  • The impact of the media
  • What this means for democracy.

Our guest speakers are Dorian Lynskey author of ‘The Ministry of Truth: the Biography of George Orwell’s 1984’ and D.J 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.

Debate and discussion starts from 6.30pm (questions from the audience are encouraged!).

This is an online event, with attendance via Microsoft Teams.

Please note that this is not a PSA event, but hosted by the Open University. If you have any questions regarding this event please contact the organisers directly.