One of Europe’s respected political thinkers, Turkish journalist Ece Temelkuran discusses How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship, a field guide to spotting the insidious patterns and mechanisms of a rising populist wave, in conversation with Sally Warhaft. Weaving memoir, history and argument, she delivers an impassioned warning that populism and nationalism creep into government rather than arriving fully formed, while identifying the tools to root them out. This event is for anyone who thinks it couldn’t happen here.

Ece Temelkuran is supported by Rowena Danziger AM and Ken Coles AM.

Ece Temelkuran (International)

Ece Temelkuran

Ece Temelkuran is one of Turkey's best-known novelists and political commentators, and her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Der Spiegel. She has been twice recognised as Turkey's most read political columnist, and twice rated as one of the ten most influential people in social media (with 3 million Twitter followers). Her recent novel Women Who Blow on Knots won the 2017 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award and her new book is How to Lose a Country, a field guide to spotting the insidious patterns and mechanisms of the populist wave sweeping the globe.

Sally Warhaft (Australian)

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster and anthropologist and former editor of The Monthly magazine. She is the author of Well May We Say: The Speeches That Made Australia and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, The Fifth Estate.