I've just returned from a day-long conference Ideology Now held at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, which was nothing short of excellent.
For me that means my attention was always engaged and I didn't nod off once during the addresses by five pairs of speakers.
Nick Pearce and Ferdinand Mount from the left and right of politics were the best, especially as they examined the relevance of Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man in the light of current events.
The day has proven the most cerebral since I left college. But hand on heart I couldn't tell you what I've learnt. Certainly no more than the Wikipedia reference on 'Ideology' which I read in preparation.
The conclusion is either a) The conference could have done with a bit more structure, some drawing together of the various threads helpful b) Wikipedia can be very good c) My reasoning faculties are furring up.
I fear it may be the latter.