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Truth or Dare, Mena-regio and Europe towards a more inclusive dialogue

Van 17 september 2017 14:00 tot 17 september 2017 21:30

In Amsterdam

Categorieën: Conferentie


Do we citizens have a right to truth in post-truth societies? How much debate can we handle? What to do with ‘legitimacy claims’ and ‘the rule of law’ if increasingly they seem more part of the problem than being key to conflict resolution?

If you are interested in these pivotal issues of our time, come to the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam on Sunday September 17 and participate in the Truth or Dare festival Beyond post-truth society. Truth or Dare welcomes the current battles about ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ as excellent opportunities to revisit and redesign our societies in Europe and the MENA region (Middle-East and North-Africa).

The event aims to offer a unique chance to challenge ourselves, discard useless narratives and develop new ones, and engage in fruitful dialogue with changemakers from around Europe and the Mena-region.With, among other: Karl Sharro (commentator on the Middle-East), Jonas Staal (Dutch visual artist), Samir Makdisi (American University of Beirut), Joshua Liversto (columnist), Ad Melkert (Dutch politican and diplomat of the labour party).

Truth or Dare is an exploration in five acts of the meaning of truth in present-day societies. Taking our lead from the global debate about ‘the post-truth society’, we consider the fundamental crisis of the post truth age as a battle over legitimacy and the control over central institutions in society. Our conference is an attempt to create a safe space for critical contemplation and serious self-reflection. We deem such reflections crucial and a prerequisite in any fight for more equal and inclusive social and political dialogues.

Program
Prologue - 14.00-14.30 - Truth or Dare. Keynote speaker: Adel Maïzi, Truth and Dignity Commission Tunisia.

First act: Truth 14.30 -15.30 - Is there life after truth? Moderator: Markha Valenta, assistant professor at Radboud University Nijmegen. Speakers: Xandra Schutte, editor in chief of ‘De Groene Amsterdammer’; Jonas Staal, Dutch visual artist; Samir Makdisi, American University of Beirut

Second act: Dare 16.00-17.00 - Benefit of the doubt? Moderator: Godelieve van Heteren.

Where to go with ‘legitimacy’ in post-truth societies? A round-table conversation in which guest speakers and participants will discuss the meaning of ‘legitimacy’ and explore its relevance for society today and for well-functioning institutions. Legitimacy is widely considered to be a basic principle for states, the media and science, but is also multifaceted and rather intangible. The search for authority and influential power symbols in post- truth societies is the
starting point for this discussion. What is the meaning of legitimacy when we each live in our own bubble? Is it still useful to search for common sources of legitimacy and what should they look like? Or is the current widespread polarization a given that requires alternative concepts?

Speakers: Cees Ullersma, head of the banking supervision department of the Dutch Central bank (DNB); Bechir Mechergoui, professor at the University of Tunis; Thijs Jansen, founder of Stichting Beroepseer (Professional Ethics foundation).

Third act: Truth 17.00-18.00 - The truth we dare not see. Moderator: Steve Austen. Speakers: Karl Sharro, architect, satirist and commentator on the Middle- East; Joshua Livestro, columnist and commentator, Dick Pels, analyst (under reservation).

Drinks and Dinner 18.00 tot 19.30 h

Fourth act: Dare 19.30-20.30 - Rule of law or Rule of Truth? Moderator: Myrthe Hilkens. Speakers: Ad Melkert, politician, councillor, Independent advisor, board director; Abderrahim Kassou, conseil national des droits de l’ homme and Sameh Khader, Director General of the Mahmoud Darwish Museum.

Epilogue: Truth 20.30-21.30 - The battlefield of truth. Moderator: Myrthe Hilkens. Introduced by Markha Valenta, assistant professor at Radboud University, Nijmegen,Shula Rijxman, Chairman of NPO (Netherlands Public Broadcasting, under reservation); Hans Nijenhuis, Editor in Chief AD (Dutch daily newspaper, under reservation) and Bechir Mechergoui, professor at the University of Tunis.

Datum en tijd: Zondag 17 september, van 14.00 - 21.30 uur
Plaats: Tolhuistuin, Tuinzaal, Tolhuisweg 5, Amsterdam
Entree: € 7.50

Voor volledig programma, aanmelden en meer info Tolhuistuin: https://tolhuistuin.nl

 

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