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FEARLESS CITIES

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FEARLESS CITIES
FEARLESS CITIES

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Sat 22.09 - Sun 23.09.18

After Barcelona, Warsaw and New York, Fearless Cities moves to Brussels. This ‘municipalist’ conference discusses a more open, transparent, flexible, inclusive, and caring way to manage the city. Each day there will be an opening and closing plenary session, around 7 thematic workshops. Join this unique democratic public space, tap on collective intelligence, and truly listen to what Brussels’ people and activist organisations have to say.

Didier Eribon

Conversations #1: on 'Retour à Reims' and the Class System

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Conversations #1: on 'Retour à Reims' and the Class System
Conversations #1: on 'Retour à Reims' and the Class System

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Mon 24.09.18

Sociologist and philosopher Didier Eribon’s Return to Reims combines autobiographical narrative and powerful sociological analysis. By exploring his own family history, he analyses how the class system influenced and continues to influence their lives.

Elke Van Campenhout

Authenticity and Spirituality

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Authenticity and Spirituality
Authenticity and Spirituality

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Fri 28.09.18

In Authenticity and Spirituality, Elke Van Campenhout/Elle will speak about authenticity and our constant need to be unique, original, and connected to ourselves. Meandering through spiritual pragmatism, contemporary philosophy, and artistic discourse, she will rethink the boundaries of the authentic. 

Jan Steen

Being in Playing

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Being in Playing
Being in Playing

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Sat 29.09.18

In 2014, Jan Steen obtained his doctorate in the arts with a dissertation on the dramaturgy of the actor: Being in Playing. He argues, among other things, that the specific presence of an actor determines the specific result of a role – and by extension of a show.. How does the actor relate to the role? And how does authenticity interact with alterity?

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.

Bruno Latour & Frédérique Aït Touati

INSIDE

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INSIDE
INSIDE

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Sat 24.11.18

In this lecture performance, philosopher Bruno Latour and director 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?

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?

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

For the second round of our Conversations series, we have invited renowned German historian Philipp Blom to introduce us to his thought. From the importance of the Enlightenment for our current society, over the consequences of the intellectual adventures of self-discovery during the Interbellum, to the ecological effects of our excessive self-interest.

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.

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.

Maarten Doorman

On Authenticity and the True Self

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On Authenticity and the True Self
On Authenticity and the True Self

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Fri 21.09.18

Who are we really and can we ever be who we really are? In this social media age, we risk disappearing behind the image that others have of us. But the urge or authenticity is not new.