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Leslie Thornton, Miriam Rasch & Rudi Laermans

A Philosophers Walk/Talk on the Sublime

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A Philosophers Walk/Talk on the Sublime
A Philosophers Walk/Talk on the Sublime

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Wed 21.11.18

The Sublime focus opens with a screening of A Philosophers Walk on the Sublime, a short film by American filmmaker Leslie Thornton. The remarkable landscape of the Swiss Alps inflects Thornton's musings on the sublime, as it may be pursued in nature and photography. The film screening is followed by a conversation on the sublime between philosopher Miriam Rasch and sociologist Rudi Laermans.

Ecopolis

Just Transition

talk debate

Just Transition
Just Transition

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Sun 25.11.18

It is not impossible to achieve a transition from a society that respects the limitations of the planet and offers everyone the possibility to develop their talents. But it is not easy. How can we effect a just transition in the current context of increasing polarization and inequality? Can we enhance social justice while also addressing the demands of ecological sustainability?

Bruno Latour & Frédérique Aït Touati

INSIDE

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INSIDE
INSIDE

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Sat 24.11.18

Philosopher Bruno Latour and theatre maker Frédérique Aït-Touati reflect on the relationship between human beings and their environment. Can we change our perception of the earth? No longer from a great distance, like a blue marble flying through space… But from the inside out, from the wafer-thin outer layer of the globe on which all life, human activity and resources are concentrated?

Plaizier

Kalender/Calendrier/Calendar 2019

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Kalender/Calendrier/Calendar 2019
Kalender/Calendrier/Calendar 2019

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Tue 27.11.18

Plaizier has finished its now-famous calendar. The theme of the 2019 edition is the Brussels Canal Zone. Brussels experts Eric Corijn and Sofie Vermeulen contributed to the plans by writing both a general text about the zone and for each month, a thematic story about the history, economy, culture, logistics, mobility, or art in the area.

Philipp Blom

Conversation #2: A History of the Self

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Conversation #2: A History of the Self
Conversation #2: A History of the Self

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Mon 03.12.18

Understanding the crisis today based on Enlightenment thinkers: that is how you might describe most of historian Philipp Blom’s books. Journalist and philosopher Anna Luyten will join him for a discussion about the journey of the Enlightenment’s rational, emancipated and authentic self. How far has it come?

Laurence Van Ypersele

Authenticiteit en de Groote Oorlog

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Authenticiteit en de Groote Oorlog
Authenticiteit en de Groote Oorlog

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Sat 08.12.18

What are the political, economic and didactic intentions behind these meanings, and how do we question them? Historian Laurence Van Ypersele delves into these questions, looking for answers.

Mogobe Ramose

Conversation #3: on Ubuntu philosophy

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Conversation #3: on Ubuntu philosophy
Conversation #3: on Ubuntu philosophy

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Mon 17.12.18

The South African philosopher Mogobe Ramose wrote the standard work on Ubuntu philosophy: a vision of existence as a continuous stream in which everything is constantly searching for balance and is inseparable connected with everything else.

Afua Hirsch

Conversation #4: on race, identity, and belonging

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Conversation #4: on race, identity, and belonging
Conversation #4: on race, identity, and belonging

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Mon 21.01.19

In her debut Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, author, journalist, and human rights activist Afua Hirsch has written a subtle personal history that also sketches the history of a country. Who can and may appropriate British identity?

Julian Warner

On Racial Authenticity

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On Racial Authenticity
On Racial Authenticity

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Fri 25.01.19

Racial Authenticity is based upon essentialist notions of race and ethnicity, but it also describes the way in which we claim our subjecthood as identity by merging autobiography, practice, and body. Anthropologist/artist Julian Warner draws from his ethnographic fieldwork on the current state of black cultural workers in Germany, to address this articulation of racist discourse, progressive politics, and neoliberal commodification. 

Rolando Vázquez

Authenticity, Decoloniality, and the End of the Contemporary

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Authenticity, Decoloniality, and the End of the Contemporary
Authenticity, Decoloniality, and the End of the Contemporary

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Sat 02.03.19

Sociologist Rolando Vázquez explores how the contemporary search for authenticity connects to the impoverishment of experience in modernity.

Nina Power

Conversation #5: on the contemporary portrayal of women

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Conversation #5: on the contemporary portrayal of women
Conversation #5: on the contemporary portrayal of women

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Fri 08.03.19

In 2009, Nina Power wrote the book One Dimensional Woman about contemporary portrayals of women. Since she published her book, the #MeToo movement and other pressing feminist questions have emerged. How does Nina Power evaluate her book and the appeals she made then, today – on International Women's Day?

Thijs Lijster

Conversation #6: over de grote vlucht inwaarts

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Conversation #6: over de grote vlucht inwaarts
Conversation #6: over de grote vlucht inwaarts

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Mon 01.04.19

According to Dutch philosopher Thijs Lijster, in today’s complex world, we increasingly think of society as an ‘outside world’. Against the idea that history is something which happens to us, he champions the collective ability to make history.

Petra Van Brabandt

To Heat By Melting

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To Heat By Melting
To Heat By Melting

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Fri 16.11.18

What do Cabanel’s Birth of Venus, Klein’s Anthropometry, and Kusama’s Self-Obliteration have in common? According to philosopher Petra Van Brabandt, these artworks deploy a wet aesthetic, which is realized through the perceptual interaction with wetness.