Public Space

with Lieven de Cauter and Willem Schinkel

  • Debate
  • Torre Hofpoort

Date: 23.10.15
Time: 
Drinks 19:00 | Start 20:30
Location: 
De Hofpoort, Hofplein 20 – 11th floor
Language: 
English
 Tickets: € 5,00

After our first successful Public Talk in September, it is time for number two on Friday the 23rd of October! With the city of Brussels as point of departure, Belgian philosopher and art historian Lieven de Cauter will give a lecture on the current state of urban public space. Central in his talk will be the transformation of this space: from a homogeneous ‘sanctuary’ for exchange and encounter, and a foundation of democratic society, towards a more controlled and commercialised space. Thereupon Dutch sociologist Willem Schinkel will discuss what these developments mean for the use and meaning of public space, in Rotterdam and elsewhere. To what extent can we still speak of a homogeneous and free public domain? And what is the importance of such a notion?

Lieven De Cauter (1959) is philosopher, writer and poet. He teaches philosophy of culture at the architecture faculty of the KU Leuven, Luca and RITS School of Arts and is the author of numerous books on contemporary art, modernity, architecture, the city, and politics. In 2004 he published The capsulair civilization: On the city in the age of fear, in 2008 Heterotopia and the city: Public space in a postcivil society, and in 2015 Metamodernity for beginners, philosophical memo’s for the new millennium.

Willem Schinkel (1976) is Professor of Social Theory at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He was visiting scholar at NYU (New York), the Institute for Public Knowledge (NYU), and Humboldt University Berlin. He publishes in a wide range of subjects, including social theory, social philosophy and the sociology of art. He is currently the principal investigator of the ERC project Monitoring Modernity, which focuses on the ways society is imagined in the monitoring of flows of migrants, flows of capital and climate change. Recently he started as guest correspondent at online journalistic platform De Correspondent.

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