Belgium, Antwerp

Political Myth, Propaganda, and the Politics of Imagination

when 22 August 2016 - 30 August 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 350

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 ((Chiara Bottici, The New School for Social Research), the philosophy of propaganda (Jason Stanley, Yale University) and the politics of imagination (BenoƮt Challand, New York University).

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.

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Course leader

Prof. Dr. Herbert De Vriese
Department of Philosophy
University of Antwerp

Target group

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).

Credits info

6 ECTS
6 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme (including all assessment tasks). Participants who don't complete the tasks will receive a certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 350: Early bird, before 27 May 2016.
Fee includes orientation and course material, coffee breaks, evening programmes and social activities. Does not include lunch or housing.
EUR 400: Regular, before 27 June 2016.
Fee includes orientation and course material, coffee breaks, evening programmes and social activities. Does not include lunch or housing.