The War Against The Past. Opening lecture KIIP by sociologist and author Frank Furedi
On Wednesday 27 September between 16h15 and 17h45, sociologist and writer Frank Furedi will hold a guest lecture entitled 'The War Against The Past: Presentism & the Crisis of Temporality' at the VUB Main Campus. This guest lecture by the acclaimed author kicks off a lecture series on the history and philosophy of knowledge under the general title of 'Knowledge in International Perspective'.
The initiative for the series comes from VUB professor Kees-Jan Schilt, knowledge historian and philosopher. Every two weeks for four years, a renowned intellectual will come to VUB to give a talk on a topical subject. The aim behind the series is to break down the barriers between different sciences and create more connection between professors and students from different disciplines.
Starting off with a bang
With Frank Furedi as the opening reader, the lecture series sets high standards. Furedi is professor-emeritus of sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury and a widely read author of more than 26 books. His research focuses on how risk and uncertainty are managed by contemporary culture, and the challenges facing the ideals of freedom and tolerance in the contemporary world.
Frank Furedi recently became executive director of the think tank MCC-Brussels. His latest books invariably cover topics at the centre of the attention, including the culture war (100 Years of Identity Crisis: Culture War Over Socialisation) , the war in Ukraine (The Road to Ukraine: How the West Lost its Way), and the state of education (Wasted: Why Education Isn't Educating), among others.
In addition to Frank Furedi's opening lecture, lectures by Dr Sietske Fransen (Max Planck Research Group, Bibliotheca Herziana, Rome), Prof Dr Taha Yasin Arslan (Istanbul Medeniyet University), Dr Joëlle Weis (Trier Centre for Digital Humanities), Prof Dr Daniel Margocsy (University of Cambridge) and Prof. Dr. Rens Bod (University of Amsterdam) are scheduled in the coming months.
Wednesday, 27 September, 2023
- 16:15 until 17:45
VUB Main Campus Etterbeek