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The Responsibility of Intellectuals – 50 years on

Dates:
  • Wed 14 Jun 2017 17.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-06-14 17:00 2017-06-14 19:00 Europe/Paris The Responsibility of Intellectuals – 50 years on

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Noam Chomsky's seminal article on 'The Responsibility of Intellectuals.' Chomsky wrote the article in the midst of the Vietnam War, as part of a widening resistance movement. Fifty years on, his words seem as timely as ever. Wars, corporate power and social inequalities still prevail, and the imminent threat of irreversible climate change is looming over us. In light of current world events, Chomsky’s questions deserve to be re-examined.

Following up on anniversary events at other universities, we’ll gather at this EUI event to discuss questions about our responsibility and our place in society as academics. Is our proper role simply to publish ‘objective research’? Or is our place to uncover and resist ‘the powers that be’? And if so, can we afford to do so from the comforts of the Ivory Tower? How should we organize universities, research and reaching in order to promote self-reflexivity, political action and social change?

In light of current world events, his questions bear re-examining. Following up on anniversary events at other universities, we’ll gather at this EUI event to discuss questions about our place in society as academics, and what the responsibilities are that follow from this? Is our proper role simply to publish ‘objective research’? Or is our place to resist ‘the powers that be’? And if so, can we afford to do so from the comforts of the Ivory Tower?

Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Noam Chomsky's seminal article on 'The Responsibility of Intellectuals.' Chomsky wrote the article in the midst of the Vietnam War, as part of a widening resistance movement. Fifty years on, his words seem as timely as ever. Wars, corporate power and social inequalities still prevail, and the imminent threat of irreversible climate change is looming over us. In light of current world events, Chomsky’s questions deserve to be re-examined.

Following up on anniversary events at other universities, we’ll gather at this EUI event to discuss questions about our responsibility and our place in society as academics. Is our proper role simply to publish ‘objective research’? Or is our place to uncover and resist ‘the powers that be’? And if so, can we afford to do so from the comforts of the Ivory Tower? How should we organize universities, research and reaching in order to promote self-reflexivity, political action and social change?

In light of current world events, his questions bear re-examining. Following up on anniversary events at other universities, we’ll gather at this EUI event to discuss questions about our place in society as academics, and what the responsibilities are that follow from this? Is our proper role simply to publish ‘objective research’? Or is our place to resist ‘the powers that be’? And if so, can we afford to do so from the comforts of the Ivory Tower?


Location:
Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Department of Law

Type:
Workshop

Speaker:
Prof. Olivier Roy (EUI-RSCAS)
Vivian Kube (EUI - Law)
Jelle Bruinsma (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Julie Wetterslev (EUI - Law Department)

Contact:
Jelle Bruinsma (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail
 
 

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