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Entangled Humanism

Monday, 7 October, 2019 - 10:00 to Tuesday, 8 October, 2019 - 16:00
Faculty: Arts and Philosophy
Paleis der Academiën, KVAB
Hertogsstraat 1, 1000 Brussel
Hendrikjen Alma
International Conference

This conference focuses on the political philosopher William Connolly's view on ‘entangled humanism.’  The major challenges of our globalizing world raise pertinent and critical questions for humanism. For example, what does its focus on human autonomy and human engineering mean in the light of climate change? The popularity of Yuval Noah Harari’s books (2014, 2016, 2018) contributes to a sense that humanism may be outdated. Post-humanist approaches (Braidotti, 2013; Verbeek, 2014) criticize humanism for its subject-object dichotomy and its anthropocentrism. Against this background, a conference on humanism may seem obsolete. On the other hand, humanist approaches to counseling, education, management and community building seem highly relevant as counterforces to contemporary economy-driven politics. With his plea for entangled humanism Connolly proposes to participate as humans in 'a world of becoming'. We have to abandon our feelings of superiority, but  we still can make a difference by creating new connections not only with other people, but with other life forms as well. We can develop an entangled humanism as an urgent response to social polarization and environmental pollution. Connolly shows how issues of social justice and eco-politics are intertwined. 

During this two-day conference we enter into dialogue with William Connolly in two ways:

1)  theoretical explorations of his thoughts from ethical, political philosophical and humanistic perspectives

2)  practical explorations of how 'entangled humanism' can be realized in humanistic practices.



Monday 7 October

10.00 - 10.15 am     Opening by the chair, prof. dr. Joachim Duyndam (UvH)

10.15 - 11.15 am     Keynote prof. dr. William Connolly (Johns Hopkins University)

                                   On Pluralism and Entangled Humanism

11.15 - 11.30 am     Coffee break

11.30 - 12.00 am     Response prof. dr. Henk Manschot (UvH)

                                   Entangled Humanism and an Ecological Art of Living

12.00 - 12.30 pm     Discussion

12.30 - 01.30 pm     Lunch break

01.30 - 02.00 pm     Response dr. Carolina Suransky (UvH)

                                   Promoting Pluralism

02.00 - 02.30 pm     Response dr. Yoni Van Den Eede (VUB)

                                   Entangled Humanism and Technology in "Algorithmic Times"

02.30 - 03.00 pm     Discussion

03.00 - 03.15 pm     Coffee break

03.15 - 03.45 pm     Response prof .dr. Marc Van den Bossche (VUB)

                                   Pluralism and Pluriversalism

03.45 - 04.15 pm     Response dr. Femke Kaulingfreks (Inholland)

                                   Pluralism and Unruly Politics

 04.15 - 04.45 pm     Discussion

04.45 - 05.00 pm     Response prof. dr. William Connolly

05.00 - 05.15 pm     Closing by the chair, prof. dr. Joachim Duyndam

05.15 - 06.00 pm     Reception


Tuesday 8 October 

10.00 - 11.30 am                 Workshop with prof. dr. William Connolly: Entangled Humanism in Humanistic Practices                                                                        

11.30 - 11.45 am                  Coffee break 

11.45 - 01.15 pm                  First round of workshops

01.15 - 02.00 pm                  Lunch break

02.00 - 03.30 pm                 Second round of workshops

03.30 - 04.00 pm                 Closing by prof. dr. Hans Alma



Carolina Suransky & Henk Manschot  (UvH): Becoming Earthlings, is that even possible? (English)

Christa Anbeek (VUA) & Hans Alma (VUB): Dialogue and Imagination in Humanistic Practices (Dutch)

Merel Visse (UvH): Feel like going on an adventure? Practicing an Entangled Humanism by Artful Care (Dutch)

Nidesh Lawtoo (KU Leuven):The Politics of Mimesis: Political Implications of Connolly's Thinking (English)

Bertine van Hoof & Ernst von Kimakowitz (Humanistic Management Network): Humanistic Management (English)