Tentative schedule

Course schedule

The Enlightenment in Current Public Debate
Antwerp Summer School in Philosophy and Society
27 August – 5 September 2019
University of Antwerp

 

F I R S T   W E E K

 

      TUESDAY 27 AUGUST

TIME

PLACE

ACTIVITY

 

10:00-10:30

A.206

Coffee

Welcome & registration

10:30-11:30

A.206

Meeting

Introduction & practical information

11:30-13:00

Agora

Lunch

 

13:00-16:00

A.205

Reading seminar

Mendelssohn, Reinhold, Kant on “Was heißt Aufklärung?” (Geert Van Eekert)

16:00-16:30

Gallery

Coffee

 

16:30-17:30

A.206

Lecture

TBA (Thomas Mertens, Radboud University)

17:30-19:00

Agora

Dinner

 

19:00-20:30

A.206

Keynote lecture

“The Age That Never Ends” (James Schmidt)

 

      WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST

TIME

PLACE

ACTIVITY

 

10:00-12:30

A.205

Reading seminar

The French Encyclopedists on Religion, Faith and Reason (Walter Van Herck)

12:30-14:00

Agora

Lunch

 

14:00-16:30

A.205

Reading seminar

Hamann on the Metacritique of Reason’s purism (Guido Vanheeswijck)

16:30-17:00

Gallery

Coffee

 

17:00-18:00

A.206

Keynote lecture

“Inventing ‘the Enlightenment’” (James Schmidt)

18:00-19:30

 

Dinner

 

19:30-21:00

R.201

Film Screening & discussion

Égalité for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution (2009) PBS Documentary by Noland Walker

 

      THURSDAY 29 AUGUST

TIME

PLACE

ACTIVITY

 

10:00-12:30

A.205

Reading seminar

Burke and Wollstonecraft on Enlightenment politics (Tinneke Beeckman & Herbert De Vriese)

12:30-14:00

 

Lunch

 

14:00-16:30

A.205

Reading seminar

Horkheimer & Adorno on Myth and Enlightenment (Koenraad Verrycken)

16:30-17:00

Gallery

Coffee

 

17:00-18:00

A.206

Keynote lecture

“Arguments about Enlightenment in New York and Los Angeles” (James Schmidt)

18:30-21:00

Lokeend

Dinner

Summer School Dinner with Ann Thomson and James Schmidt

 

      FRIDAY 30 AUGUST

TIME

PLACE

ACTIVITY

 

10:00-12:30

A.205

Reading seminar

Foucault on Enlightened Thinking and Habermas on the Unity of Reason (Geert Van Eekert)

12:30-14:00

A.205

Lunch
meeting

Explanation group assignment & division into groups (Herbert De Vriese) (please bring your own lunch)

14:00-15:00

A.206

Keynote lecture

“Foucault, Habermas, and the Debate that Never Was” (James Schmidt)

15:00-15:30

Gallery

Coffee

 

15:30-17:00

A.206

Panel discussion

“Does the Enlightenment Matter?” (James Schmidt and Ann Thomson, moderated by Geert Van Eekert and Herbert De Vriese)

 

W E E K E N D

 

      SATURDAY 31 AUGUST – SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER

ACTIVITY

 

Assignment 1

Study package on RACE & ENLIGHTENMENT in current public debate (about two hours of study time)

Assignment 2

Study package on FREEDOM & ENLIGHTENMENT in current public debate (about three hours of study time)

Assignment 3

Study package on EUROPEAN IDENTITY & ENLIGHTENMENT in current public debate (about two hours of study time)

 

S E C O N D   W E E K

 

      MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

TIME

PLACE

ACTIVITY

 

10:00-12:30

A.205

Workshop

“Enlightened Views on Human Nature: Between Materialism and Universalism” (workshop by Ann Thomson)

12:30-14:00

A.205

Lunch meeting

Preparation group presentations: defining the presentation topics (please bring your own lunch)

14:00-15:30

A.206

Debate class

Tacit assumptions of racial and ethnic superiority in current public and political discourse on the Enlightenment (debate class moderated by Marlies De Munck)

15:30-16:00

Gallery

Coffee

 

16:00-17:00

A.206

Keynote lecture

“Colonialism, Race, and Slavery. Rethinking the Legacy of the Enlightenment” (Ann Thomson)

17:30-19:00

Felix Pakhuis

Reception

Antwerp Summer University Reception

19:00-20:00

 

Dinner

 

20:00-21:30

R.201

Film screening & discussion

The Extraordinary Equiano (2007), BBC documentary by Chris Salt

 

      TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER

TIME

PLACE

ACTIVITY

 

10:00-11:00

A.205

Workshop

Preparation group presentations: getting started (tutored by Herbert De Vriese)

11:00-13:00

A.206

Junior lectures

The Enlightenment in Current Public Debate (speakers TBC)

13:00-14:00

 

Lunch

 

14:00-15:30

A.206

Debate class

Enlightened ideals of free speech and freedom of expression in current public debate and the (neo-)liberalist reading of the Enlightenment (debate class moderated by Geert Van Eekert)

15:30-16.00

Gallery

Coffee

 

16:00-17:00

A.205

Workshop

Preparation group presentations: general outline (tutored by Geert Van Eekert and Herbert De Vriese)

17:00-18:00

A.206

Keynote lecture

“Second Thoughts on Free Thought and Toleration” (Ann Thomson)

18:00-19:00

Agora

Dinner

 

19:00-21:30

R.201

Film screening & discussion

Milk (2009), feature film by Gus Van Sant

 

      WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER

TIME

PLACE

ACTIVITY

 

10:00-11:30

A.205

Workshop

Preparation group presentations: finalization slideshow (tutored by Herbert De Vriese)

11:30-12:30

A.206

Lecture

The Unhappy Marriage of Enlightenment and Feminism (Petra Van Brabandt)

12:30-14:00

 

Lunch

 

14:00-15:00

A.206

Lecture

Enlightenment, Ethics of Authenticity and Identity Politics (Arthur Cools)

15:00-15:30

Gallery

Coffee

 

15:30-17:00

A.206

Debate class

Enlightenment, cultural distinctiveness and identity politics in current public debate (debate class moderated by Arthur Cools and Herbert De Vriese)

17:00-20:00

A.205 & A.206

Self-tuition

Finalization group presentations

20:00-23:00

MAS

 

Enlightened views on Antwerp by Night & illuminating final comments and discussions

 

      THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

TIME

PLACE

ACTIVITY

 

11:00-13:00

A.206

Presentations

Group presentations by summer school participants on the Enlightenment in current public debate

13:00-15:00

A.206

Lunch meeting

Conclusion & farewell