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The Wonders of Multilingualism #3

To translate or not to translate ?

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To translate or not to translate ?
To translate or not to translate ?
Tue 11.10.22

In this third episode of ‘The wonders of multilingualism’, we discuss translation and translation politics. The languages in which something is produced, translated and communicated does not always have only artistic reasons. Often (cultural) political and economic motives also play a role. A discussion with the audience is accompanied by interventions by Rokus Hofstede (translator of a.o. Annie Ernaux), the editors of the performance magazine Etcetera, rapper-slammer-theatre-maker-actor Armin Mola.

Ecopolis 2022

Multiple (hi)stories, Multiple futures

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Multiple (hi)stories, Multiple futures
Multiple (hi)stories, Multiple futures
Sat 15.10.22

Social, ecological and economic crises force us to think about a radically different way of living. "The world is not about to end; we are already living with a different world," writes philosopher Bayo Akomolafe, speaker at the eighth edition of Ecopolis where artists, thinkers and doers break open our frames. This year, Ecopolis brings stories that depict an inclusive and sustainable future for this new world.

Marisol de la Cadena & Isabelle Stengers

How Large is a Person?

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How Large is a Person?
How Large is a Person?
Tue 14.12.21

During this evening, we will explore how human personhood has been constructed, and how it can be decentered and made to expand into different ways of seeing and being. The rational, universal individual has violently suppressed mutable persons existing at the intersection of multiple beings, as well as collective and interspecies ways of building knowledge that persist in the sciences, though often unrecognized. Underneath the steamroller of modernity, we will discover many possibilities for a more convivial future.

Ecopolis 2021

Dare to Care

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Dare to Care
Dare to Care
Sun 24.10.21

The global Covid crisis brought healthcare into the spotlight. But care extends beyond the strictly medical: it includes everything we do to preserve and restore the world. Can care be a new starting point, based on connectedness and generosity? Can care, as an emancipatory principle, underpin politics and economics? Ecopolis 2021 makes room for these questions, and many more, during a day of lectures, conversations, workshops, literature and performance.

Gosie Vervloessem invites

Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing

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Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing
Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing
Tue 19.10.21

During this evening we will focus on tendrilesque writing. What happens to human speech if vines enter our flesh, roots crawl through our veins, and we turn into hybrid plant monsters? What happens if we let plants speak through us and what kind of new language, new bits of knowledge and new worlds can emerge from there? We will explore these topics while focusing on the status of women, and their relation to plants, as presented in works of fiction in which the distinction between women and plants becomes blurry.

Saskia Sassen

in conversation with Quinsy Gario

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in conversation with Quinsy Gario
in conversation with Quinsy Gario
Fri 10.09.21

We are very pleased to welcome Saskia Sassen for the keynote of Sous les pavés, het strand. Sassen is a Dutch-American sociologist and economist, known for her research on globalisation and international migration, and for coining the term 'global city'. Quinsy Gario – a performance poet and artist from Curaçao and St. Maarten – will lead the discussion.

Permanent Summer School

Building Beyond

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Building Beyond
Building Beyond
Thu 09.09 - Sat 11.09.21

Departing from the emergence of collective infrastructures in Europe, Permanent takes stock of different voices, experiences and practices of sharing and commoning within changing urban settings with the summer school Building Beyond. And all this as part of the new city festival Sous les pavés, het strand.

Voices of the Dunes + roundtable discussion

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Voices of the Dunes + roundtable discussion
Voices of the Dunes + roundtable discussion
Wed 20.01.21

A Series of More-Than-Human Encounters. We are inviting researchers, activists and artists in a three-day-programme to explore the meaning and potential of justice in a multi-species post-imperialist world. Should we confer fundamental rights to animals and natural formations – such as lakes, the seas, rainforests and the soil? How are the worldwide decolonial struggles related to the global and local struggles for the live, safety and autonomy of non-human animals?

10 years De Wereld Morgen

Revolution and Solidarity This Time

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Revolution and Solidarity This Time
Revolution and Solidarity This Time
Wed 13.01.21

For their 10th anniversary, De Wereld Morgen is inviting significant thinkers and writers to Kaaitheater to reflect on the revolts that set off a decade ago. There were the Arab uprisings, the Greek revolts, the Indignados, the Occupy movements, the Black Lives Matters movement, and the indigenous struggles from Canada to Chile. These and other struggles captured imaginations worldwide, but were gradually overshadowed by state and global powers’ violent responses. High time to look back, ánd forward.

Maneesha Deckha

Animals as Legal Beings: Contesting Anthropocentric Legal Orders

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Animals as Legal Beings: Contesting Anthropocentric Legal Orders
Animals as Legal Beings: Contesting Anthropocentric Legal Orders
Wed 06.01.21

In this talk, Maneesha Deckha calls for a non-anthropocentric reorientation for Canadian law and other Western legal orders, by criticizing their treatment of animals as property, but also finding fault with personhood as an appropriate animal-friendly replacement.

Ecopolis 2020

AGAIN(ST) NATURE

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AGAIN(ST) NATURE
AGAIN(ST) NATURE
Sun 18.10.20

The year is 2020. From Australia to the Campine, nature is on fire. There is rapid deforestation, constant building projects, and millions of species of plants and animals are under imminent threat of extinction. How long can we continue to saw off the branch on which we sit? For this sixth edition, Ecopolis is again inviting a broad range of writers, academic experts and thinkers from civil society.

Einat Tuchman

Recycle ton futur

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Recycle ton futur
Recycle ton futur
Tue 06.10.20

Along with a group of young people from the Molenbeek sports club EmanciPower, Einat Tuchman is embarking on a long-term trajectory to develop new forms of local and ecological production, focused on themes like fashion, sports, food and plants. During this evening, the young people are taking the lead by asking questions of experts that they have invited. You will be surprised and inspired!

Zhao Tingyang

on Tianxia

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on Tianxia
on Tianxia
Tue 09.06.20

Please note: this talk is cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers will give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they will engage in a conversation with philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series.Zhao Tingyang is a philosopher and researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing. His work, at the crossroads of meta-philosophy, ethics and political theory, aims to update the Confucian heritage for the present.

Boris Groys

on Antiphilosophy

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on Antiphilosophy
on Antiphilosophy
Thu 28.05.20

Please note: this talk has been cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus. 

 

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers will give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they will engage in a conversation with philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series. Boris Groys is an art critic, media theorist and philosopher. He is professor at New York University. His work is dedicated to the exploration of the link between socialism, modernism, contemporary art and media and technology.

KAOS & Sarah & Charles

In the Hands of Puppets

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In the Hands of Puppets
In the Hands of Puppets
Wed 22.04.20

Warning: this talk is cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus. 

KAOS develops artistic projects with a link to psychiatry. In late 2018, the artistic duo had a residency there, resulting in three interviews about psychosis. Sarah & Charles and KAOS are now sitting down for a conversation.

Graham Harman

on Immaterialism

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on Immaterialism
on Immaterialism
Mon 23.03.20

Warning: this talk is cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers will give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they will engage in a conversation with philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series. Graham Harman is professor of philosophy at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. His work on the metaphysics of object led to the development of Object-Oriented Ontology. He is a central figure in the Speculative Realism movement in contemporary philosophy.

 

Rosi Braidotti

on Posthumanism

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on Posthumanism
on Posthumanism
Tue 03.03.20

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers will give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they will engage in a conversation with philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series. Rosi Braidotti is a philosopher and feminist theorist. Her work explores the transformation of the subjective induced by the technical and political shifts of the present.

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