Speakers

Amitav Ghosh | Roman Krznaric | Sébastien Hendrickx | Omar Fassi Fehri | Chiara Tomalino | Dalilla Hermans | Bayo Akomolafe | Jumana Emil Abboud | Mihnea Tănăsescu | Apolline Vranken | Jérémy Désir-Weber | Enkidu Khaled | Joachim Robbrecht | Eric Corijn | Olave Nduwanje | Thomas Goorden

Moya de Feyter

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is an Indian writer best known for his bestselling novels, but his non-fiction work also makes him an important voice in today’s climate justice movement. In The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016) he explores how the climate crisis has affected every aspect of human existence. Ghosh calls to action to take responsibility and restore the earth for the coming generations. In The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis (2021), Ghosh argues that the dynamics of climate change today are rooted in the geopolitical order constructed by Western colonialism.

Amitav Ghosh has received numerous literary awards and four honorary doctorates. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and his essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic and The New York Times. In 2019 Foreign Policy Magazine named him one of the most important global thinkers of the past decade.

BOZAR, 21/9

Jason Hickel

Roman Krznaric

Born in Austrialia, Roman Krznaric is one of the most popular British philosophers and the author of a variety of books on the power of ideas to change society, including Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It; How to Find Fulfilling Work; and The Wonderbox: Curious Histories of How to Live.

His latest book,  The Good Ancestor, is an original combination of history and stories. In it, we are asked how we would like our grandchildren to assess us, what stories we will tell them about our relationship with the world and he summons us to join movements that base their activities on intergenerational justice and a profound love for our planet.  

KC Buda, 1/10

Benedikte Zitouni

Sébastien Hendrickx

Sébastien Hendrickx is a stage performer, playwright and art critic. He is a member of the editorial staff of Etcetera and a teacher at the KASK/School of Arts, Ghent. After his debut, The Good Life ( a composition of sound, melody and text), he is now working on Moddertong, which has mother, language and the earth as its themes. As an activist, he is linked to Extinction Rebellion and Het Burgerparlement (the Citizens’ Parliament). 

 

KC Buda, 2/10

Sien Volders

Omar Fassi Fehri

Omar Fassi Fehri is a French teacher, a professional translator (English/French/Arabic and Spanish), a theatre workshop facilitator and a cultural actor. He is from Morocco and has lived in Brussels since 2018. He graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Grenada, Spain and in French Literature at the Fez University, Morocco. At present, he is taking a Master’s degree in Cultural Management at the ULB, Belgium with a dissertation on The access of racialized minorities to public theatre schools in the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. 

Minority Walk, Brussel, 15/10

Caroline Maciel de França ⒸKarolina Maruczak

Chiara Tomalino

Chiara graduated in Art history at the UCL (Université catholique de Louvain) with a thesis on the representation of female artists in modern art museums. Since 2018, she has been a city guide in Brussels and a project coordinator for Arkadia. Being a specialist in street art and contemporary art and driven by a passion for gender issues, she joined L’architecture qui dégenre in 2021, the initiator of the Belgian edition of Heritage Days. This not-for-profit organization creates guided tours, training sessions, conferences and animation on a variety of themes such as gender, the city, architecture, history, art and culture in general. 

The Witches’ Brussels: Feminist walk (Brussel, 15/10)

Els Hertogen ⒸMies Cosemans

Dalilla Hermans

Dalilla Hermans (1986) is a journalist, author, playwright and podcast host. In 2017, her book Brief aan Cooper en de wereld was published. She contributed to the ‘Zwart’ publication in 2018 and later that year, she published the children’s book Brown Girl Magic and in 2019 the thriller Black-out. In 2020,  Het laatste wat ik nog wil zeggen over racisme was published and also that year she made her debut as a playwright for NTGent with Her(e), followed by a second play,  Us, (k)now, two years later. Dalilla writes columns for the daily De Standaard and has hosted the Keihard podcast together with Jozefien Daelemans since 2021.

Panel discussion: Colonisation as the exploitation of people & nature (AB, 15/10)

Tine Hens

Jumana Emil Abboud

Jumana Emil Abhoud is a Palestinian artist who reflects on the connectedness of human with more-than-human entities using a variety of story telling practices. She examines themes of dispossession and memory through contemporary stories, mythologies and folklore. 

Panel discussion: Colonisation as the exploitation of people & nature (AB, 15/10)

Amina Belôrf

Báyò Akómoláfé

Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.) is rooted in the Yoruba people and in a more than-human world. He is a partner, father of two, son and brother. He is a celebrated international speaker, posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, public intellectual, essayist and author of two books: These Wilds beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home (North Atlantic Books) and We Will Tell Our Own Story: the Lions of Africa Speak. Besides, he is founder of The Emergence Network and host to the online post-activist course We Will Dance with Mountains. 

Panel discussion: Colonisation as the exploitation of people & nature (AB, 15/10)

Olave Nduwanje

Mihnea Tănăsescu

Mihnea Tănăsescu is a political theoretician at the Department of Political Science of the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Belgium. He has been active in the fields of political ecology and human and environmental sciences focusing on various topics including legal and political representation of  nature and nature restoration policy. His latest books are Understanding the Rights of Nature and Ecocene Politics.

Panel discussion: Colonisation as the exploitation of people & nature (AB, 15/10)

John Mussington

Apolline Vranken

After graduating as an architect, Apolline Vranken founded the platform L’architecture qui dégenre in order to draw attention to the position of women in public space. The platform co-organized the Days of Matrimony to highlight women’s role in shaping the city.

Panel discussion: Different jobs, one planet (AB, 15/10)

Anne Berquin

Jérémy Désir-Weber

Jérémy Désir-Weber once was a financial analyst with HSBC. Discovering and wanting to alert people to the fraud of green finance, he changes course and writes his book Faire sauter la banque. With his association Vous n’êtes pas seuls he wants to support all those who want to participate in the ecological offensive from their professional position. 

Panel discussion: Different jobs, one planet (AB, 15/10)

Ⓒ Benedicte Roscot

Enkidu Khaled

Enkidu Khaled is a playwright and a performer. He studied theatre in Bagdad and at DasArts, Amsterdam and now works and lives in Brussels. Khaled is a person of two worlds, the Middle East and Europe and he uses the theatre to challenge the stereotypes and fantasies these two worlds exhibit about one another.

TANK TINK / ONE: The environmental impact of war (AB, 15/10)

Kopano Maroga (c) Louis Kerckhof

Joachim Robbrecht

Joachim Robbrecht is an author, an art director and a performer. His plays start from his poetical commitment to the world. He intends to find metaphors, imaginations, interpretations, new relationships between esthetics and ethics, between language humour and a body’s sensuality.

TANK TINK / ONE: The environmental impact of war (AB, 15/10)

Ⓒ Erwin Senden

Eric Corijn

Eric Corijn is a cultural philosopher and social scientist, a publicist and professor-emeritus of Urban Studies at VUB, Brussels and the author of the recent publication Gramsci lezen – Van klassenstrijd tot woke; Vlaanderen, ontwaak! – Tegen de grondstroom.

Lecture (AB, 15/10)

Olave Nduwanje

Olave Nduwanje

Born in Burundi, Olave Nduwanje identifies as a non-binary transwoman.  She is an author, a lawyer and activist (anti-racism, LGBTQI+ rights, anti-capitalism, disability rights, anti-ecocide, etc.) Nduwanje contributed to Zwart-Afro-Europese literatuur uit de Lage Landen (2018), De goede immigrant (2020) and Being Imposed Upon (2020). 

Moderator: Colonisation as the exploitation of people & nature (AB, 15/10)

Ⓒ Erwin Senden

Thomas Goorden

Thomas Goorden is an Antwerp environmental and civil rights activist and also the managing director of the specialized communication agency ‘Een Wereld met LEF’. As a physicist with an acute allergy for injustice, he has been scrutinizing social issues, from air quality via information access and civic lists to his greatest claim to fame: the PFAS scandal, which he revealed early 2021. He is our country’s first official civil lobbyist.

 

Panel discussion: Different jobs, one planet (AB, 15/10)

Olave Nduwanje

Virginie Platteau

Virginie Platteau is a freelance journalist with specific interests in the arts, literature, ecology and the climate crisis. She is fascinated by silence in all its forms.

 

Presentation (AB, 15/10)

Ⓒ Erwin Senden

Caroline Van Peteghem

Caroline Van Peteghem works on communications and projects for De Transformisten. With the motto ‘How much is enough?’, the organisation wants to help shape a society that puts well-being at the centre instead of economic growth.

Moderator: Different jobs, one planet (AB, 15/10)

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