PERMANENT REPRESENTATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA TO THE EU IN BRUSSELS /Latest news /
18.10.2016  

It is time to reflect more deeply on these phenomena, and that is why Goethe-Institut Brussels and its partners are delighted to invite you to a conference that will shed light on these pressing matters.

Populism, xenophobia and nationalism pose serious challenges to European democracies and the European project. Be it the rise of AfD in Germany, Jobbik in Hungary, UKIP in Great Britain or Front National in France, these political groups do not only question the European Union as we know it, they also threaten to undermine the foundations on which liberal societies are built. The more momentum they gain, the more clueless the established political, cultural and legislative institutions seem to be. And once their rhetoric and their demands seep into mainstream discourse, the outcome is unpredictable, as the referendum on Great Britain’s remaining in the EU has shown.
 
 
It is time to reflect more deeply on these phenomena, and that is why Goethe-Institut Brussels and its partners are delighted to invite you to a conference that will shed light on these pressing matters. Its title is EUROPEAN ANGST, it will take place on December 6th and 7th, 2016, at BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, a prestigious venue in the heart of Brussels, and its goal is to leave the comfort zone of liberal consensus by inviting controversial thinkers, thus creating a unique space for reflection and in-depth analysis.
 
Among the speakers who have confirmed their attendance are:
- Writer Herta Müller (“Atemschaukel”, Nobel Prize in Literature in 2009)
- French sociologist, philosopher and author Didier Eribon („Retour à Reims“)
- Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek („Trouble in Paradise: From the End of History to the End of Capitalism“)
- Turkish author and columnist Elif Shafak („The Bastard of Istanbul“)
 
After being selected in an open call, 40 students from universities all over Europe will play an active role throughout the conference. They will share their perspectives as future decision makers, and they will challenge the speakers with their critical comments and questions.
 
Please find the detailed programme here.
 
Attendance at the conference is free of charge. We kindly ask you to confirm your attendance by registering here (https://www.goethe.de/ins/be/de/ver/ea.html) no later than November 24th, 2016.   
 
We are looking forward to welcoming you at the conference.
 
Sincerely yours,
 
Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU
 
 
European Angst is an initiative by Goethe-Institut Brussels together with four EUNIC-members, the Czech Centre, the Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Polish Institute in Brussels, and BOZAR. It is supported by European Movement International, Evens Foundation, and the Ambassade de France en Belgique. Media partner: EUObserver.