Award Ceremony Spinozalens 2020: Bruno Latour in Felix Meritis

On November 24 2020, the French sociologist and philosopher Bruno Latour (1949) will be awarded the Spinozalens 2020 by Mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema in Felix Meritis in Amsterdam. The evening is organised by the International Spinozaprijs Foundation, the Embassy of the North Sea and Felix Meritis and can be followed via livestream here. Mediapartner of the award ceremony is Brainwash/ Human.

Spinozalens 2019 — 2020

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.

Programme award ceremony

The award ceremony November 24 2020 at Felix Meritis is hosted and moderated by the Netherlands’ Philosopher Laureate, Daan Roovers and will include:

— an artistic intervention by Harpo ’t Hart & Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti

— a brief lecture about the Parliament of Things by lawyer Daphina Misiedjan

— an interview with Bruno Latour by essayist and writer Bas Heijne, with questions prepared especially by international thinkers Donna HarawayChantal Mouffe & Peter-Paul Verbeek

— the online presentation of the Spinozalens 2020 to Bruno Latour by Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema

— an acceptance speech by Bruno Latour from Paris


24 November, 20.00 — 20.30

The programme can be followed via livestream here.

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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 19 — 27 November 2020 at various locations. Read more about this on