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Spring 2008

Welcome Between Past And Future.  Welcome In The World As It Is. 

“The aim of education is not to preserve the old unthinkingly (as though nothing warrants transformation), nor is it to value the new for its own sake (as though nothing that currently exists is worth preserving). To preserve newness is to teach in such a way that students acquire an understanding of themselves in relation to the world without regarding the world or their positioning in it as fixed, determined and unchangeable. To this end, Hannah Arendt insists that students must be introduced to the world ‘as it is’, in all its potential and with all its flaws. Only in relation to this world will students come to an understanding of what needs to be challenged and reconfigured.”
Natasha Levinson in 'Hannah Arendt and Education' (2001, Westview Press).
As a follow up to our programme 'Are you alive or not? Is there nothing in your head?' this spring Studium Generale Rietveld presents another 6 lecture-series on art, design and theory in post-historical times.
'Welcome between past and future / Welcome in the world as it is' offers 36 lectures during which a wide range of invited speakers will keep the feminist maxim ‘the personal is political’ in the back of their minds. Once again all lecturers are invited to shed light on the intricate love and hate relations in the eternal triangle: past – present – future, by means of their very specific field of research.
This spring’s Studium Generale lecture series will present an account of the ongoing development of feminist modes of thinking as well as an encounter with several great personalities that have contributed to India’s status as one of the world’s culturally most energetic and fastest growing economies of today. Continuations of the series 'Value for Nothing?' and 'Youth is an Art' will further deepen our insights in the creative potentials of ‘design’ as well as of ‘adolescence’. Together with lecture series on ‘anybodies’ earthbound history as well as on future ‘new bodies’, all these narratives as well as theoretical proposals may offer inspiring alternatives to dominant histories of power, violence and counterviolence that seem to determine us in such a fated way.

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