Lecture by Kader Abdolah, in cooperation with de Vooruit / Mind the Book
About the lecture
World politics is often presented as a field of activity in which ethical behavior will be trumped by considerations of self-interest. It is a realm of war and of economic inequality. Surely it is also the realm of aid-giving, but we often get the impression that foreign aid is no more than a fig-leaf or a lever of political influence. At the same time, civil and political discourse about world politics, as about politics in general, typically takes on a moral flavor. As citizens we condemn the rampancy of power politics and we feel ashamed about the weak development efforts of our governments. To the extent that we are citizens of the world, we might ridicule the continuing significance of borders. Our descriptions of the world always have an ethical, evaluative dimension.
In this lecture, Kader Abdolah will primarily focus on the recent developments regarding the refugee crisis, and give us a first hand account of what it means to be a refugee.
About the speaker
Kader Abdolah (Iran, 1954) fled his home country in the eighties. He arrived in The Netherlands in 1988 as a political refugee. He tuned into one of the most influental writers and intellectuals of the Low Countries.
16:30 - 18:00
Aula M.001 (de Meerminne, St-Jacobsstraat 2, 2000 Antwerpen)
Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory.
The lecture is made possible by the Faculty of Social Sciences in cooperation with de Vooruit / Mind the Book