06 April 2020

19:30 - 21:30




MON 6 AND 20 APR, 11, 18 AND 25 MAY – 19:30 TO 21:30
Karl Dittrich Hall, Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2


Rene Gabriëls, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UM 


In the 21st century, humanity struggles with three major issues: the growing gap between rich and poor, the climate catastrophe and tensions between people with a different culture, lifestyle or religion. The question is whether the problems associated with these issues can be solved in a democratic way. Do the existing power relations frustrate a democratic solution for these problems? Is capitalism compatible with democracy and sustainability? And if that is not the case, what are the alternatives? Degrowth? Nowtopias? By focusing on power and democracy, an answer is given to these questions. This series addresses, among other things, the following themes: the anthropocene, big data, commons, digitalization, cosmopolitanism, digital division, neoliberalism, media power, neo-fascism, patriotism, populism, the public sphere, surveillance, post-democracy, the end of capitalism and resistance.


The individual lectures

1.  Political struggles(6 Apr)

2.  Capitalism without democracy(20 Apr)

3.  Big data and surveillance(11 May)

4.  The climate catastrophe and the end of humanity(18 May)

5.  Resistance and the hope of the hopeless(25 May)


Cost of the whole series

UM students €10

UM employees and students from other schools €25

Others €50

20 April 2020

19:30 - 21:30

Political struggles

11 May 2020

19:30 - 21:30

Big data and surveillance

18 May 2020

19:30 - 21:30

The climate catastrophe and the end of humanity

25 May 2020

Resistance and the hope of the hopeless