PSA - British Library Lecture Series 2018

Launch of the PSA – British Library Lecture Series 2018

The Political Studies Association is pleased to announce the launch in 2018 of a new lecture series in partnership with the British Library.

Complementing the British Library’s richly curated and diverse programme of exhibitions and events, the lecture series will help the public engage with and develop a better understanding of politics, especially within wider historical and cultural contexts.

The inaugural lecture will be given by Mark Laity, one of NATO's foremost experts and thinkers on communications and a former BBC Defence Correspondent:

Storytelling and Politics: How History, Myths and Narratives Drive Our Decisions

Monday 19th February 2018  (19.00 - 20.30) The British Library

Mark Laity, Director of Communications at SHAPE, NATO’s Military Headquarters

Shared myths, accepted legends and historical assumptions: how can we make rational decisions when we are so dominated by the stories handed down to us?

Stories that draw upon legends testify to the power of narrative to entertain but can also inform us about how storytelling can influence politics. In the so-called post-fact era Mark Laity will discuss the influence of history, culture and narrative on today's politics. We may think we make rational decisions, but how much is that really so, and is the same thing that makes us love legends and stories driving our decision-making in real life?

Mark Laity is the Director of Communications at SHAPE, NATO's Military HQ. At a time when the influence of information and the internet on international security is rising, Mark is regarded as one of NATO's foremost experts and thinkers on communications, with extensive experience in conflict zones such as Afghanistan. Also, as a former BBC Defence Correspondent, he reported from the frontlines of many wars, and is a sought-after speaker on the role of information in modern conflict.

HOW TO REGISTER: There are a limited number of free places available to PSA Members only. To reserve a place please email Avnish Patel, Events Manager at the PSA, quoting your PSA membership number. Free places are available on a first come first served basis but only request one if you genuinely plan on attending. Tickets can be purchased for non-PSA members via the British Library here

VENUE DETAILS: Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. Directions to the British Library