Antwerp Summer University: Political Myth, Propaganda, and the Politics of Imagination

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Summer Program
August 22, 2016 to August 30, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Political Science, Nationalism History / Studies, Philosophy, Film and Film History, Journalism and Media Studies

7-day intensive programme with leading international scholars in the fields of the philosophy of political myth (Chiara Bottici, The New School for Social Research) and the philosophy of propaganda (Jason Stanley, Yale University).

The course is mainly targeted at Master students in philosophy, but also open to advanced Bachelor, Master and PhD students in philosophy or in a closely related field. Participants should have at least completed 2 full years of undergraduate education (Bachelor level).

Course description:
The first Antwerp summer school in philosophy and society addresses the topic of the role of political myth and propaganda in contemporary western society.

The use of propaganda and the creation of political myth are typically associated with the totalitarian regimes of the mid-twentieth century. Recent studies tend to emphasize, however, that these practices are also at the heart of our liberal democratic societies. The summer school will examine their continued presence and influence. It will analyze contemporary forms of propaganda and political myth and discuss whether they pose a threat to the proper functioning of liberal democracies. In exploring these questions, special attention will be paid to the political role of imagination in the processes of shaping opinion, securing consent and constructing collective identity.

With lectures and workshops by leading international scholars in the fields of the philosophy of political myth and the philosophy of propaganda.

With reading seminars on classic texts by Cassirer, Arendt, Weber, Blumenberg, Lacoue-Labarthe & Nancy.

With an evening programme of films and documentaries dedicated to the analysis of the politics of imagination.

Registration fee?
Early bird: €350. Only Bachelor and Master students.
Regular: €400
PhD candidates: €400 (maximum 5 participants)

Application details?
Online before 27 May (early bird) and 27 June (others)

6 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme (including all assessment tasks).

Contact Info: 

Prof. Dr. Herbert De Vriese 
Academic Coordinator
Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts
University of Antwerp