Political Myth, Propaganda, and the Politics of Imagination

Date: 22 - 30 August 2016

Venue: UAntwerp, Stadscampus - Prinsstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerpen

Short description: 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), the philosophy of propaganda (Jason Stanley, Yale University) and the politics of imagination (Benoît Challand, New York University).

Political Myth, Propaganda, and the Politics of Imagination


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.


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. 

Find all information on https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/summer-schools/summer-school-philosophy-society/

Entrance fee: Early bird (before 27/05): €350. Only Bachelor and Master students. / Regular (before 27/06): €400 / PhD candidates: €400 (maximum 5 participants) / University of Antwerp students and alumni: €200

Registration: Online before 27 May (early bird) and 27 June (others)

Contact email: herbert.devriese@uantwerpen.be

Link: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/summer-schools/summer-school-philosophy-society/