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Memorial Addresses

The centre hosts two annual lectures in honour of distinguished colleagues.  The Henry Tudor and Alan Milne Addresses.

This year’s addresses are as follows:

Professor Humeira Iqtidar (Kings College London) Henry Tudor Address – November 8th 3.30-5pm ‘Justice Beyond Rights: Refugees, Migrants and The Idea of Haqq'.

Professor Massimo Renzo (Kings College London) Alan Milne Memorial Address – May 22nd 2024 3.30- 5pm. Title TBS


Henry Tudor Memorial Address

Henry Tudor (1937-1997) was a lecturer at Durham University for 34 years. He died at the age of 60 before he retired. One of his obituaries calls him a ‘celebrity lecturer’. The claim is that he became a celebrity after he helped rescue from closure a workingmen’s club in one of the neighbouring villages. Henry took a legal qualification in order to fight this, eventually successful, battle, and this spread his fame beyond the university. Henry was always a celebrity in the Politics Department. Colleagues remember him for his conviviality, dedication to the department and dry sense of humour. He specialised in the history of political thought and wrote a well-received monograph Political Myth (1972). He also edited Marxism and Social Democracy; The Revisionist debate 1896-1898. He was the editor of Bernstein’s The Preconditions of Socialism for the series Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought.


Alan Milne Memorial Address

Alan Milne (1922 – 1998) was a Professor in political theory who worked in the Politics Department of Durham University for 11 years between 1976 and 1987. His books included The Social Philosophy of English Idealism (1962), Freedom and Rights (1968), The Right to Dissent (1983), Human Rights and Human Diversity (1986) and The Ethical Frontiers of the State (1997). Alan’s fate was rather unusual. He fought in the Second World War and lost his eyesight in a battle. Subsequently to that, he studied at Oxford and LSE and went on to have an outstanding academic career as a lecturer at the Queen’s University Belfast and a Professor at Durham.


Past Addresses

List of former address givers with the years of their addresses as featured on current website.

Alan Milne Memorial Address

  • 2022/23 - Avner de Shalit (Hebrew University Jerusalem) “A City of Equals”.
  • 2019/20 - Patricia Owens (University of Sussex)
  • 2018/19 - Elizabeth Ashford (University of St. Andrews) “Hunger’s Unwitting Executioners.”
  • 2017/18 – Gary Browning (Oxford Brookes) “Interpreting the History of Political Thought - Collingwood, Gadamer, Derrida”.
  • 2016/17 – Matt Matraver (University of York) “Rootless Dessert and the Problem of Punishment”.
  • 2015/16 – Clare Chambers (University of Cambridge) “The Marriage Free State”.
  • 2014/15 – John Haldane (University of St Andrews) “Philosophy, Ethics and Society: Taking History Seriously”.

Henry Tudor Memorial Address

  • 2023 – Humeira Iqtidar (Kings College London) “Justice Beyond Rights: Refugees, Migrants and The Idea of Haqq.”
  • 2019/20 – Martin O’Neill (York) “Social Justice, Democratic Socialism and Collective Capital Institutions.”
  • 2018/19 - Lisa Herzog (Technical University Munich) ‘‘What would it take to turn Facebook into a democracy? Between normative ideals and technical possibilities.’
  • 2017/18 – Lea Ypi (LSE) “Dictatorship and Utopia”.
  • 2016/17 - Nathan Widder (London, Royal Holloway) ‘What is a “War Machine”? Deleuze and Guattari’s Concept as a Critique of Hegel’s Political Philosophy’
  • 2015/16 - David Miller (Nuffield) “2019 - Elizabeth Ashford (University of St. Andrews) “Hunger’s Unwitting Executioners.”
  • 2014/2015 - Ian Carter, (University of Pavia), 'Liberty and equality'.