Programme of the Forum

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Programme

08.45-09.00

Screening of the Film “Knafeh” by Sigalit Landau

(The film will run while participants take their places)

09.00-10.20

Discourse Facilitators: Alexandre Stevens, Bernard Seynhaeve and Nathalie Laceur

Opening: Yves Cartuyvels, Professor of Criminal Law at the University Saint Louis, and Gil Caroz, Psychoanalyst in Brussels

Angelina Harari: President of the WAP, Psychoanalyst in São Paulo

Dima Yared: Human Rights Officer at the UN High Commission for Human Rights

Anouk Van Gestel: Editor in Chief of Marie-Claire Belgium

10.20 -11.50

Discourse Facilitators: Monique Kusnierek, Paola Bolgiani and Thomas Van Rumst

Cis Dewaele: Outreach Workers Coordinator in Flanders

Roger Litten: Psychoanalyst in London

Martin Deleixhe: Acting Professor at the University Saint Louis

Adriana Costa Santos: Co-director of the Citizens Platform for the support of Refugees – BxlRefugees

11.50-12.00

Artist: Sigalit Landau  

12.00-13.30

Discourse Facilitators: Domenico Cosenza, Katty Langelez-Stevens and Antoine Cahen

Marine De Haas: Responsibility for the European question with CIMADE. Analysis of European migratory politics

Michal Boni: Polish MP for Europe, PPE, Former Government Minister

Kinga Göncz: Hungarian Politician and Academic, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and former European MP

Vincent Stuer: Political Scientist, European Parliament Spokesperson for Parti D66

13.30-14.30

Break

14.30-14.35

Artiste: Sigalit Landau

14.35-16.15

Discourse Facilitators: Miquel Bassols, Christiane Alberti, Caroline Leduc and Philippe Bouillot

Guillaume le Blanc: French Philosopher and Writer, Professor of Political Philosophy at the University Paris Diderot

Youri Lou Vertongen: Doctoral Candidate with the Centre for Research in Political Science, University of Saint Louis

Michael Dougan: Professor of European Law at the University of Liverpool

Vincent Engel: Writer, Professor of Literature at the CU Louvain, columnist with Le Soir

16.15-17.55

Discourse Facilitators: Dominique Holvoet, Karin Brunner, Mauricio Garcia and Philippe Hellebois

Gemma Calvet: Laywer, Director of the Agence de transparence in l’Aire Metropolitan of Barcelona

Wolfgang Petritsch: Austrian Diplomat, former Special Envoy for Kosovo at the European Union

Gianfranco Pasquino: Italian Political Scientist, former Independent Senator of the Left

Yves Depelsenaire: Psychoanalyst in Brussels

17.55-18.00

Artist: Sigalit Landau

18.00-18.40

Animation: Patricia Bosquin-Caroz and Guy Poblome       

Punctuation and Closing: Éric Laurent, Psychoanalyst in Paris

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He will be at the Forum ! He is Belgian

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Vincent Engel is a writer, playwright and screenwriter. He is also Professor of Literature and the History of Ideas at the Catholic University of Louvain and IHECS (Institute of Higher Education in Social Communication), and political columnist for Le Soir and RTBF [La Radio-télévision belge de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles].

A specialist in literature from the camps and passionate about twentieth century history, he has published several essays and numerous articles on this history and the ideologies that shaped it. In his weekly column on the site Soir, he has, each weekend over the past three years, developed a political analysis on « the inner enemies of democracy ».

In his novels – twenty published to date, several translated and honoured with a book-prize -, plays and screenplays; When it is not the main subject, history is rarely absent, as in Forget Adam Weinberger (1)

(1) Fayard, 2004.

 

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Venue: University St. Louis, Auditorium OM 10,

6, rue de l’Ommegang, 1000 Brussels

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Schedule: 9.00 AM – 7.00 PM

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Gianfranco Pasquino holds a degree in Political Science with a specialisation in Comparative Politics. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Bologna where he taught from 1969 to 2012. He has received three honorary degrees from the Universities of Buenos Aires, La Plata and Cordoba.

In August 2014, he was named Huésped de honor (1) of the city of Buenos Aires. He was Editor in Chief of the journal Il Mulino (2) and the Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica (3), of which he is a founding member. He is particularly proud to have co-edited with Bobbio and Nicola Matteucci the Dizionario di Politica (4).

From 1983 to 1996 he was Senator of the Italian Republic for the independent and progressive left. He was a member of the Bozzi Commission and one of the champions of the 1991 and 1993 referendums.

He recently published Cittadini senza scettro. Le riforme sbagliate ; La Costituzione in trenta lezioni ; NO positivo. Per la Costituzione. Per le buone riforme. Per migliorare la politica e la vita ; L’Europa in trenta lezioni(5). He is also co-curator of the Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (6). His latest book is entitled Deficit Democratici (7). Since 2011, he is part of the scientific council of the Italian encyclopedia. And since July 2005, he is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

 

(1) Honoured Guest.

(2) The Mill.

(3) Italian Journal of Political Science.

(4) Dictionary of Politics, 2016, 4a ed.

(5) Citizens without Sceptre. Bad Reforms (2015); The Constitution in Thirty Lessons (2015); NO Positivo. For the Constitution. For Good Reforms. Improving Politics and Life (2016); Europe in Thirty Lessons (2017).

(6) Italian Policy Manual, 2015.

(7) Democratic Deficits, 2018.

 

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Youri Lou Vertongen is a PhD candidate and a FNRS Research Fellow at the Center for Research in Political Science (CReSPo) at the University Saint-Louis Brussels., He has been a research associate at the METICES research centre at the University Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Since the beginning of 2015.

Yuri Lou is also a co-founder of a think tank called Migrations and Social Struggles. His research focuses on collective mobilizations around migration issues in Belgium and Europe. His thesis project tries to deepen the question of the ethical and strategic articulation between the groups of « undocumented » migrants and the groups of « documented » nationals, within the practices of resistance to the restrictive and repressive measures of Belgian and European migration policies.

 

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He will be at the Forum ! He comes from Paris

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Eric Laurent is a psychoanalyst, psychologist, and holds a Doctorate in psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis with Jacques Lacan. Member of the l’École de la Cause freudienne (ECF). Former president of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP), he teaches at the clinical section of the Department of Psychoanalysis University Paris 8.

Hi Articles and book chapters are translated into dozens of languages. Latest books published: L’envers de la bio-politique (1) La bataille de l’autisme ; de la clinique à la politique (2) (Translated in five languages).


(1) Navarin/Le champ freudien, 2016

(2) Navarin/Le champ freudien, 2012

 

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« Attention to democracy! » by Katty Langelez-Stevens

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In my little previous text, I said how Viktor Klemperer supported a thesis very close to Freud´s, at least as Lacan re-read it. During the twelve years of the German dictatorship, he observes and study how Nazism insinuated itself into the flesh and blood of large numbers through isolated expressions, turns of phrase, syntactic forms that were imposed on millions of copies and which were adopted mechanically and unconsciously. Like psychoanalysts, he thinks that language is the master of thought and not the other way around. The human is subject to the language and his desire is always the desire of the Other, that is to say of what is conveyed by the language. « Language does not just poeticize and think in my place, it also directs my feelings, it governs all my moral, the more naturally that I rely unconsciously on it. The words can be like tiny doses of arsenic: they are swallowed without being careful. » (1)

In order to impose the LTI, Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda of the Third Reich, used newspapers and radios. The Bible of this language was Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf. Then it was widely distributed thanks to the strict control of the media that Goebbels orchestrated. No more question of writing as before, it was necessary to stick to the new vocabulary and the prescribed syntax. In this way, an organized paranoid delusion could spread massively: the Other wicked persecutor, an enemy of the German people was the Jew. This demonized figure allowed all those who felt cheated, frustrated, embittered to assemble against and finally accepted a war in the name of his own defense. Thanks to the language of the Third Reich and its delusional organization around an enemy, the Jew, and a savior, Hitler, the German people wanted to believe that they were attacked and that they could legitimately defend themselves. Paradoxically, what made this destructive collective madness possible is democracy and freedom of expression. In the name of these two eminent principles, the worst enemies of the human race can impose their hateful and twisted rhetoric. Once in power, they quickly take the necessary steps to reduce freedom of expression and lock democracy by attacking the principles of the rule of law. The Polish and Hungarian examples in Europe are very explicit on this subject.

So, should we, or not, frame freedom of expression? Especially the one that rages savagely on the web. Should we, or not, invite representatives of the extreme parties on the TV sets and give them the chance to mass broadcast their simplistic ideas, without ethics or even crime-inducing? Viktor Klemperer regretted that in the 1920s, the Weimar Republic allowed the dissemination, publicity and propagation of Nazi ideas. At a time of instantaneous globalization of information, it may be necessary to find ways to frame and enforce existing laws to punish racist and anti-Semitic statements.

That the most virulent and hateful far-right site is called « Participatory Democracy » should not surprise us since extremists are still Democrats as long as they are not in power. Its title allows them to catch in their nets many misguided naïve.

Many titles of far-right parties in Europe contain either the word democracy or the word liberty. In Germany the NDP (National Democratic Party), in Austria the FPÖ (Freedom Party of Austria), in Croatia the Croatian Democratic Alliance of Slavonia and Baranya, in Spain National Democracy is a nationalist and populist party, in the Netherlands The Party for Freedom, in Sweden the Democrats of Sweden. And finally, in the European Parliament, we find The Alliance for Peace and Freedom, a European political movement created in 2015, which brings together various ultra-nationalist movements in Europe and the group Europe of freedom and direct democracy.

The twisted and perverse use of words is also a principle of the LTI. It is up to us today to be vigilant and to denounce these malignantly slips introduced in the language.

(1) Viktor Klemperer, LTI, the language of the Third Reich, Albin Michel, 1976. p. 40.

 

Translated by Lorena Hojman Davis

She will be at the Forum ! She is from Portugal

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Having arrived in Brussels three years ago, Adriana Costa Santos has been consistently engaged with the Citizen Platform; she had initially joined as a volunteer for a month at Park Maximilian. She reported on her work in the field in a Portuguese daily newspaper, this increased the impact of her presence in Brussels. In 2016 she won a Journalism Award, in the category of Human Rights.

Co-chair with Mehdi Kassou of the Citizen Support Platform for Refugees (BXLRefugees – 10,000 active volunteers and 47,000 members), she coordinates the accommodation (200,000 nights for refugees at citizens’ homes and in shared accommodation as well as the Porte d’Ulysse). On the 19th of October the Platform and its 47,000 citizens, for their contribution to freedom of expression, were honoured in the Senate with the Henri La Fontaine Foundation prize for Humanism, 2018.

Adriana is also studying in Anthropology at ULB. (Downwards Social Mobility among refugees is the theme of her dissertation).

She has co-authored with M. Kassou, the preface to the book Beyond Borders, by F. Gemenne and P. Verbeeren.

 

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