The Missing Denominator – Universalism and Progressive Cultural Politics

The Missing Denominator – Universalism and Progressive Cultural Politics

Event date: May 13, 2019

The planned symposium will focus on the issue of universalism on three separate, yet related levels. Firstly, it would investigate the very conditions of possibility of new universalism: What needs to happen for such a universalistic project to appear and for Europe to have its place in the process? How it might be constructed, what kind of ideas, values, norms, goals or practices could serve as the constituting factors for a universal project that would overcome the heritage of oppressive Western universalism of the colonial enterprise? Secondly, it would attempt to determine what role culture could have in constituting this new universalism. Thirdly, it would enquire what part in carrying out this task could be played by public cultural institutions and progressive cultural politics.

The symposium is to be followed by a book that will be published by the end of 2019 in Polish and English language.

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