Jan 2005 – Dec 2006
A seminar series sponsored by the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), the French Embassy and the French Cultural Centre.
In observance of the 100th anniversary of Norwegian independence PRIO and the French Embassy are pleased to present a series of learned talks by some the world’s most prominent thinkers of religion, politics, and identity in Europe. Political independence is the lifeblood of the European political cultural heritage.
Modern philosophies of the state, culture and society have their origin in the European past. Yet all indicators suggest they will not end there. The destiny of European thought in the age of global inter-connectedness, global economics and global war seems far away from Europe.
Where do the paths of European thought lead? What is Europe? Who is the European?
LIST OF SEMINARS
27 January 06: Luc Ferry on Secularism
22 May 06: Bernhard Kouchner on the Right and Duty of Intervention
07 Sept 06: Olivier Roy Islam in Europe - or European Islam. Read op ed by Olivier Roy in Dagbladet.
With the publication of the bilingual edition of Luc Ferry’s Secularism à la française PRIO and the French Cultural Centre complete the lecture and publication series Independence of the Mind: Europe in a Changing World.
More than 200 people took part in the seminarP RIO and the French Cultural Centre organized with the French political scientist and expert of Islam Olivier Roy.
PRIO and the French Cultural Centre are pleased to present a seminar with Bernard Kouchner, co-founder of the Medecins sans frontieres. The focus of the seminar will be the duty of humanitarian intervention.
As part of the lecture series on Independence of the Mind, organized by the French Cultural Centre and PRIO, Luc Ferry has visited Norway, hosting a seminar on secularism. The seminar had an attendance of almost 250 people.
Luc Ferry is a model public intellectual, able to draw on multiple roles as a political scientist, philosopher, commentator, essayist and former minister of education and research in France.
PRIO and the French Cultural Centre organized a seminar with Simone Veil. The seminar is the 5th in the series Independence of the Mind. The Simone Veil seminar attracted an audience of around 450 in the University Aula.
PRIO and the French Cultural Centre today organized a seminar with the French philosopher, essayist and novelist Pascal Bruckner. During the seminar, Bruckner presented his thoughts on the 'masochistic' tendencies of a Europe consumed by and constantly feeding its own sense of guilt. The seminar attracted 160 people.
André Glucksmann gave a talk for an audience of more than 200 at a seminar in Oslo on 28 April. His topic was West Versus West on the relationship between Europe and the USA and between countries in Western Europe. The seminar was the third in a series of seminars organized by PRIO, the French embassy and the French Cultural Centre in Norway.
Professor Gilles Kepel of the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (IEP) gave a talk 7 March during a seminar on Europe and Islam. The seminar was attended by 320 people, and was the second in a series of seminars organized by PRIO, the French embassy and the French Cultural Centre in Norway.
French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut today gave a talk on the subject of European Identity. 200 people attended the lecture, which was followed by a lively debate. The seminar was the first of a series organized by PRIO, the French embassy and the French Cultural Centre in Norway.
In observance of the 100th anniversary of Norwegian independence PRIO, the French Embassy and the French Cultural Centre are pleased to present a series of learned talks by some the world’s most prominent thinkers of religion, politics, and identity in Europe. Read more...