CONFERENCE: THE ART OF THE IMPOSSIBLE: CULTURE, PHILOSOPHY AND DISSENT FROM HAVEL TO THE PRESENT
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, 23-25 MAY 2013
A conference organized by the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, 23-25 May 2013, at the Christopher Ingold Lecture Theatre, Christopher Ingold Chemistry Building, 20 Gordon Street, University College London.
‘This, then, is Havel’s tragedy: his authentic ethical stance has become a moralising idiom cynically appropriated by the knaves of capitalism. His heroic insistence on doing the impossible has ended up serving those who ‘realistically’ argue that any real change in today’s world is impossible.’ Slavoj Žižek
This conference seeks to reassess critically the legacy of Václav Havel, to identify more broadly the political, cultural, and philosophical questions that underlie ‘East European dissidence’, and to consider their implications for dissent today.
Opening remarks by HE Michal Žantovský, Czech Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Speakers: Tim Beasley-Murray (UCL), Jonathan Bolton (Harvard), Svetlana Boym (Harvard), Paulina Bren (Vassar), Peter Bugge (Aarhus), Tamara Caraus (Bucharest), Padraic Kenney (Indiana), Klara Kemp-Welch (Courtauld), James
Krapfl (McGill), Martin Palouš (Prague), Delia Popescu (LeMoyne), Martin Putna (Prague), Mikołaj Rakusa-Suszczewski (Warsaw), Tom Rowley (Cambridge), Jacques Rupnik (Paris), Charles Sabatos (Istanbul), Avi Tucker
(Texas), Veronika Tuckerova (Texas), Kieran Williams (Drake), Peter Zusi (UCL).
Full programme available here:
Registration: Ł50 general
Ł25 student (non-UCL)
Free for members of UCL community
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