Parliament of the North Sea in the classroom

On 24 November 2020, Bruno Latour will be awarded the Spinozalens prize, in Amsterdam. In the runup to this presentation ceremony, we are organising the educational programme Welcome to the Parliament of Things for pupils of year 4 in higher general secondary education (havo) and year 5 in pre-university education (vwo).

Via the Association of Philosophy Teachers in Secondary Education (VFVO), for the autumn of 2020, philosophy teachers will be offered a unique work programme based on the thoughts and ideas of Bruno Latour. The central element of this programme will be his call for political representation for non-humans. In our educational programme Welcome to the Parliament of Things, we will be focusing on all residents of the North Sea. Pupils will be invited to develop their empathy for the humans and above all non-humans in and around the sea.

The teaching programme for year 5 of pre-university education consists of four classes. As far as possible, we will match the programme with the compulsory teaching material for The good life and the free market. In the section about nature in this book, the thinking of Latour is discussed. For year 4 of senior general secondary education, our programme consists of two or three classes with elements from the pre-university education package. This will tie in with the final examination for senior general secondary education, which starting in 2022 will be based around democracy and representation.

The Welcome to the Parliament of Things educational project is a collaboration between the International Spinoza Prize Foundation, the Embassy of the North Sea and Building Conversation and is supported by the board of the VFVO.

Registration is closed.

For more information please contact Regine Dugardyn, secretary Spinozalens,, 06 – 20 73 95 01