Affiliate Debates

Extinction or progress? Visions of the future
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at peoples concerns about the future, be they economical or ecological, asking where our faith in progress has gone and what the pessimistic mood at large tells us about our society and self-confidence.
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The crisis of trust in institutions
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at falling levels of trust in our institutions, asking where this comes from and how we should respond to it. Should we welcome this new wave of scepticism or do we need faith in our institutions in order to maintain a functioning society?
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Who are “the establishment”?
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at the idea of the establishment, asking whether we can still talk about an establishment today and, if we can, what does it look like and who is part of it - who exercises real power today and how?
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Who are “the people”?
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This Battle of Ideas debate looks at the concept of "the people", its relationship to democracy, its Brexit consequences and implications and what is seen by some as its dangerous usurpation by populists. Who are "the people" and why are we hearing so much about them lately?
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Brexit or “remain and reform”?
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This Battle of Ideas satellite debate looks at Brexit and the macropolitical level, using it as an inroad to a discussion on reforming the EU and for a contemplation of the impact of Brexit on the broader geopolitical situation internationally in an age of changing power constellations.
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Black Cloud – Kyiv Biennial 2019
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The 3rd Kyiv Biennial draws parallels between contemporary developments and the era-defining Chernobyl catastrophe, looking at at the legacy of the fall of socialism in the 80s and 90s and the emergence of a highly digitalised world of no alternatives.
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Believe it or not: crises of credibility
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Fake news, populism, the bubble: these expressions have become intrinsically associated with the current political era and frame our thinking in an era of uncertainty. Yet, what lies behind the rise in disingenuity and the collapse of universal public spheres and what can be done about it?
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Framing with Baldwin Van Gorp
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Beurschouwburg and deBuren team up to challenge our perception of normality. This discussion between Baldwin Van Gorp and Selm Wenselaers looks at the concept of framing, assessing how the formulation of information develops and frames our understanding of the world around us.
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Francis Fukuyama: against identity politics
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De Balie welcome the renowned American political scientist, Francis Fukuyama, to a discussion with Yoeri Albrecht about Fukayama's new book on identity politics and his proposals for their acknowledgement and incorporation into our models of liberal democracy.
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The play’s the thing: what happens when theatre gets censored?
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Index Editor Rachael Jolley talks to the Globe to Globe Hamlet actors, Phoebe Fildes and Matthew Romain, about theatre censorship across the world and closer to home, discussing cases in the UK, the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East.
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Étienne Balibar: for another Europe!
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With European parliamentary elections due in two months, De Balie discuss the Dutch release of Étienne Balibar's collected thinking on the need for a federalised European state. Join Étienne Balibar, Laurens Jan Brinkhorst & Judith Sargentini as they debate possible European futures.
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CEF 2018 – Demand the impossible!
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The tenth Central European Forum once more hosted intellectuals and literary figures from across the continent, this year, proposing we demand the impossible, as it looked back at 1968 and 2018, analysing the continuity of ideals and their application in contemporary Europe.
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