“Morals, identity and citizenship” debated on 10 December 2010 at European House for Culture

16 November 2010

On the 10th December 2010 at 20:15, the European House for Culture invites for a debate on ‘Morals, identity and citizenship’. The debate is the first in a series of “Conversations about day-to-day Europe” organized by the European House for Culture. An impressive panel composed of writer Paul Scheffer (Amsterdam University), philosopher and economist Philippe Van Parijs (UCL) and Luuk Van Middelaar, philosopher and author – Member of the Cabinet of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, responsible for speech writing and forward strategy, will kick off the series. The evening will be dedicated to the topic “Morals, identity and citizenship” and invites for an active input on the various dimensions of what active citizenship means in the shaping of our societies in Europe. In a time when the role of citizens is explicitly given a legal framework in the Lisbon Treaty, cultural institutions, as well as policy makers all over Europe need to look into the implications and practical as well as legal implementation of this provision for the work of the cultural sector. “If citizenship is to be taken seriously, one needs to form an opinion on the circumstances and processes under which citizenship is established. These are by definition cultural processes,” as Steve Austen, Permanent Fellow of Felix Meritis Foundation, co-founder of A Soul for Europe and the European House for Culture, underlines. The evening is a joint initiative of the European House for Culture, Felix Meritis Foundation (Amsterdam), Festival of Philosophy and Flagey; with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgium and Brussels Capital Region - College of the Flemish Community Commission and the media partner Presseurop. Invited for the ‘Conversations about day-to-day Europe’ are policy makers, civil society organisations, think tanks, foundations, the EU Platforms established under the European Agenda for Culture, networks, and individuals concerned with cultural matters in the European integration process. “We are glad to launch this conversation with such a distinguished panel and invited guests,” as Frans de Ruiter, President of the European House for Culture, underlines. The European House for Culture brings together cultural networks as partners and people from the cultural world as members, to maximally endorse the conviction that ‘Europe is mainly a cultural project’. It also activates cooperation with and between the partners, members and many others in a programme with various work areas. Here, attention is mainly devoted to research, international activity and direct contact with the public. Practical information: Date: 10 December 2010 Time: 20:15 Place: Studio 1 Flagey, entrance by the Heilig Kruisplein – Place St Croix, 1050 Brussels Further information and updates: Tel.: 0032 2 644480 Tickets and Reservations: Booking Office Flagey (Mon to Fri 9h-19h) Heilig Kruisplein - Place Sainte-Croix, 1050 Brussels Tel: +32 (0)2 641 10 20 Online: Related links and documents: • Draft programmeInvitationPress releaseWebsite European House for Culture