Slade School artists, Turkey, Kierkegaard, Sarah Dillon
Philip Dodd examines A Crisis of Brilliance a new exhibition at London's Dulwich Picture gallery charting the evolution and legacy of the early 20th century group of Slade school of artists from Paul Nash to Stanley Spencer, Mark Gertler, David Bomberg, CRW Nevinson and Dora Carrington. They were among the most well-known and distinctive British artists of the early twentieth century and became linked with the Futurists, the Vorticists and the Bloomsbury Group, and befriended the leading writers and intellectuals of the day. Philip talks to David Boyd-Haycock the curator of the exhibition.
As Turkey's unexpected eruption of anti-government protest continues, Philip Dodd explores the underlying reasons for civil society's dissatisfactions. Gathered round the Nightwaves table are the novelist Elif Shafak, Karl Sharro, a political commentator, and Professor Benjamin Fortna, Professor in Middle-Eastern history at the School of Oriental and African Studies. They reflect on the nature of Turkey's transition to modernity , the strengths and weaknesses of Turkish democracy now and whether the current Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan will one day be known as father of the nation, like Ataturk before him.
Sarah Dillon is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature in the School of English at the University of St Andrews and one of this year's New Generation Thinkers. Her column is on the role of analogy in science. She argues that it's not just something scientists use to explain their ideas but part of how scientific explanation works.
Søren Kierkegaard is noted for books with titles like Fear & Trembling, The Concept of Dread and The Sickness Unto Death. What's less well known is that the grandfather of existentialism was also a sophisticated humourist who used irony, satire and sarcasm to shake his readers out of their complacent attitudes. Philip is joined by theologian George Pattison and the Danish stand-up comedian Claus Damgaard for a Kierkegaardian lesson in freedom in his bi-centenary year.