Welcome to the Parliament of Things

Bruno Latour educational and public programme

In 2020, the Embassy of the North Sea joined the International Spinozaprijs Foundation to develop the educational and public programme Welcome to the Parliament of Things. This programme is built around the presentation of the Spinozalens to the French philosopher and sociologist Bruno Latour (1949).

The Spinozalens is awarded every two years to a thinker who through his or her work has made an important contribution to society. According to the Spinozalens jury, Latour was a pioneer who placed the relationship between technology, human behaviour and sustainability clearly on the agenda. As far back as the early ninety nineties, he formulated the highly innovative principle that non-humans (animals, plants, rivers, seas, etc.) also deserve a voice in our democracy. Since that time, he has regularly called for the establishment of a ‘parliament of things’. Read more..