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4-dec.-2017 - 5-dec.-2017

Symposium: The power of intellectuals, the "Power of the powerless"

The Embassy of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium cordially invites you to a scientific symposium reminding the legacy of Václav Havel and Charter 77. The symposium will be held at Royal Academy Palace in Brussels on 4th and 5th December 2017 under the auspices of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium with the sponsorship of the Collège de France.

One of the goals of totalitarian powers in the twentieth century was to change people; so it became the central role of propaganda and intellectuals – the engineers of souls as Stalin liked to call them. If many intellectuals succumbed to utopias at the risk of expectation the worst possible might have come, most of them, even without necessarily belonging to the regime enemies, without being Jewish for some, or bourgeois for others, have manifested their profound disagreement. Nevertheless many of them have paid their opposition to power with their lives; others have chosen exile or kept in silence.

This symposium aims to recall the role of intellectuals in tyrannical societies but also the dangers of totalitarian power throughout societies in crisis or changing mode. What role have intellectuals been playing in the struggle against totalitarianism? Do they (always) represent a "power of the powerless", to paraphrase Václav Havel? What lessons can we take today from the bravery of some in contrast of the cowardice of many others?


Coordinators:    Joël Kotek (ULB, Sciences Po Paris) & Jan Rubeš (ULB, Sciences Po Paris)

Academic Leader: Hervé Hasquin (Perpetual Secretary of the Royal Academy of Belgium)


When: 4th December 2017 / 5:30PM - 7PM

5th December 2017 / 09:45AM – 5PM

Where: Royal Academy Palace, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels

Free entry. The symposium will be held in French.

Registration required HERE.

More information about the program of symposium here.







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