Previous events

25th May 2022


The Norman Cohn Lecture 2022


Dark Money and the Subversion of Global Politics

How money, vested interests and digital manipulation

are eroding trust in democracy


Peter Geoghegan

Introduced and in conversation with Prof. Patrick Wright FBA


Peter Geoghegan is Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning news website openDemocracyHe led its investigation into dark money in British politics that was nominated for a 2019 British Journalism Award and the Paul Foot Award. 

    In this talk, Geoghegan discusses what is known of the world of the oligarchs in the current context, and considers the implications of an ecosphere in which an organisation like Twitter can be individually owned and controlled.


This event was organised in conjunction with CenSAMM, the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements.

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27th March 2019


Norman Cohn Trust launch event at the British Academy, London.


The political philosopher John Gray and other discussants spoke on

"Politics, Religion and Psychopathology: how the work of Norman Cohn helps us understand the present".







Please click the links below to access audio recordings of the event:

Introduction by Patrick Wright
Introduction _Patrick_Wright.mp3
MP3 Audio File 4.1 MB
Presentation by John Gray
MP3 Audio File 22.9 MB

7th July 2012


Norman Cohn FBA – A Colloquium


Discussions about Norman Cohn's life and work, presented by The Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism, Birkbeck College, University of London.


Please click here to access audio recordings of the event.