Thursday 28 September 2017, 6.30PM to 8PM

For this lecture we are considering ‘leadership’. Politics and business increasingly focus on individual leaders. Is this irrational or do the world’s problems need philosopher kings? Why do individuals now seem so significant?

There are a very limited number of free tickets available. If you would like to bring pupils from your school please book now:




Dr Angus Lockyer, SOAS, was born in Singapore, brought up in the UK, and completed his education in the US. Since 2004, he has taught Japanese, East Asian, and global history at SOAS University of London, where he also convenes the BA in Global Liberal Arts. He has written about the history of Japanese exhibitions, museums, and golf, and recently co-curated the blockbuster exhibition at the British Museum, Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave.


Dr Amber Jacobs, Birkbeck, is Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies and Programme Director of the BA Psychosocial Studies. Her monograph, On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis and the Law of the Mother, Columbia University Press (New York) 2007, is a feminist intervention into classical psychoanalysis. Amber’s current book addresses the question of passivity in western culture.

About the Series

The Extension Lecture Series is a programme of lectures organised by the Bonas MacFarlane Academy for Sixth Form students. The series explores current developments that will shape your generation’s future lives.

The debates are led by top academics, and take place live in London. All Academy students are invited to attend the live lectures. Recordings are made available afterwards for those who cannot attend.

For students enrolled in Academy programmes, the lectures are followed by seminars led by academics, where you will be able to develop your thinking through discussions with fellow students and your seminar tutor.


For 2017 all lectures are held at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London.