On November 24 2020, the French sociologist and philosopher Bruno Latour (1949) will be awarded the Spinozalens 2020 by Mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema.
Central theme of the Spinozalens cycle 2019-2020 is technology. According to the jury, Bruno Latour is one of the first to interpret technology as a social factor. In addition, Latour had already put sustainability on the agenda in the early 1990s. According to him, non-humans such as seas, plants, animals and microbes have a political voice that must be heard in our democracy. His plea for a “Parliament of Things” is very innovative and leads to a different way of dealing with all that is non-human.
The award ceremony is hosted and moderated by ‘Denker des Vaderslands’ (Thinker of The Netherlands) Daan Roovers. An artistic opening by artists Harpo ’t Hart and Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti sharpens the senses for speaking with and on behalf of non-humans. This is followed by a lecture by Daphina Misiedjan in which she explains the concept of “The Parliament of Things” in relation to human and environmental rights. Daan Roovers will moderate a discussion with Bruno Latour fueled by questions that international thinkers Donna Haraway, Chantal Mouffe and Peter Paul Verbeek have prepared specifically for this occasion. After the presentation of the Spinozalens by Mayor Halsema, Latour will give a short acceptance speech.
The evening is organized by the International Spinoza Prize Foundation, the Embassy of the North Sea and Felix Meritis and can be followed via livestream here.
Registration will open soon here.
In the context of the awarding of the Spinozalens to Bruno Latour, the educational and public program Welcome to the Parliament of Things, is launched from 18-27 November at various locations. Read more about this on www.parlementvandedingen.nl