Khan 2In the beginning of march 2017, the director of CERI - SK Dr. Primož Repar atended the ceremony at the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra (Slovakia) where prof. Abrahim Khan was awarded with the title Doctor honoris causa. Prof. Khan was involved in many activities of the CERI - SK institute and we congratulate him for the honor that he received.

CALL FOR PAPERS


Organizers: Publishing house KUD Apokalipsa and Central European Research Institute Soeren Kierkegaard Ljubljana
Coorganizer: Cankarjev dom

Škocjan, Trieste, Slovenia, Italy - from 2nd to 4th of September
Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia  - 5th to 6th of September


Topic: Courage to Act

This theme, inspired by Kierkegaard thinking, will be connected also with other selected personalities who could be valuable for reflection about our topic:
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), Václav Havel (1936-2011), Paul Tillich (1886-1965), and Andrej Tarkovski (1932-1986).

In the past two weeks the Slovenian culture scene has been shocked because of the hunger strike of the director of Zavod KSEVT Miha Turšič. We are receiving a lot of questions from Slovenia and abroad about the status of Slovenian culture. The Institute of Soeren Kierkegaard is following these events with concern, and in a large part all of this is the consequence of a well established practice of degrading the field of culture in Slovenia. Miha Turšič has summed up demands of his hunger strike in three points. The first two demands are connected directly to the problem concerning Zavod KSEVT and the third point is demanding that the national budget for culture be restored to a 2%, rather than a 0,4% reduction which is the case now. The Institute of Soeren Kierkegaard sees in the first two demands a symptom of the current inadequate handling of innovative cultural institutions in Slovenia. The third demand is in large part the cause of the first two, although not everything is connected to financial problems. There is also a problem in that the bureaucratic way of thinking is applied to fields in which it does not belong, and that is the field of creativity. Because of this we have decided to send a letter to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, urging them to learn from the exposed case in order to understand the real situation from our perspective in the field of culture. We are also calling upon them not to allow the further destruction of culture, and especially not to push artists over the edge of their capabilities. In the attachment you will find the letter that we have sent to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.

 

Odziv CERI

 

Translation:

 

Let us not become a society of extremes!

 

The decreasing support in the field of culture is ever more disturbing. Due to the recent reduction in the national budget for culture as many organizations pointed out, the support we have had is on the brink of collapse. We see the hunger strike of Miha Turšič as an almost inevitable step, and the situation in the culture center KSEVT is just a reflection of many similar problems affecting Slovenian culture, humanities and art. The Institute of Soeren Kierkegaard has also become a target of bureaucratic entanglements and blackmailing from local authorities, and we are asking ourselves which national institution can we rely on and trust to help us resolve our disputes in a rational and dialogical way. In the actual paradigmatic case it is not clear why it has come to such drastic measures, and why we cannot work together to resolve our differences in a cultivated and tolerant way. After the protest session of the National Council for Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, its petition and many letters of support, the budget for culture received a smaller budget reduction than previously predicted. There seems to be a trend that politicians detect only extreme measures, and these practices are followed by other bureaucrats. We have received many questions of concern from our international partners, but sadly we cannot say to them that the problem is of minor consequence. The problems, long-standing and urgent, need to be addressed holistically.

This is why we see the decision of Miha Turšič as a final warning that the depletion, neglecting and accusing of culture has gone too far. Therefore we call upon all responsible that they resolve the exposed situation and at the same time rethink the future systematic steps of the dialogue with culture producers. We have many mechanisms for cooperation, and we can use and respect them together or we risk becoming a barbaric society that communicates only though extreme situations. And culture is the main tool to prevent this from happening. We most sincerely hope that you will understand.

 

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Organizer: Central European Research Institute Soeren Kierkegaard Ljubljana, Slovenia

Coorganizer: Publishing house KUD Apokalipsa, Slovenia

Coorganizer of the Conference: Cankarjev dom

Črnomelj, Slovenia - from 13th  to 15th of May 2019

Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia  - 16th to 17th of May 2019

Theme: EXISTENTIALISM AND POSSIBILITY OF NEW POLICIES IN THE WORLD

 

In the world in which we live, more than ever, we need dialogue between the various thinkers and those who thinks differently, who will nourish the pluralism of ideas and beliefs in the direction of spiritual openness. At the 7th Symposium of the Miklavž Ocepek, we want to stimulate the dialogue between those who thinks differently in the world, which is why Rose Luxemburg's move in existentialism and her thoughts of the spontaneity of the revolution, which is fundamentally existential, has shown Simone Weil in fact also philosophically with her own example. We are talking about the existential turn of The Single Individual. This existential revolution gives the dimension of existential communication and constant reinterpretation a new dimension, which is added by the thought of Karl Jaspers. In order to achieve this, however, we need a citizen's conciliation in order to greet wounds that are deep. The basis for the options for this dialogue is a conversation without condemnation!

This theme, inspired by Kierkegaard thinking, will be connected with:

KARL JASPERS (1883–1969), ROSA LUXEMBURG (1871–1919), SIMONE WEIL (1909–1943) and first independent journal in ex-Yugoslavia 2000 (1969)

One of the keynote speakers will write an opening address for the conference. The address – an open invitation to critically and creatively engage this timely topic – will follow after the Call for Papers.

Participants are expected to send their title of their contribution in English by November 15th , 2018 to the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for submitting full-text contributions is January 15st, 2019. During the conference, each participant (except keynote speakers) will have 20 minutes to deliver their presentation and/or 15 minutes to lead a workshop. The length of the written paper should be between 20.000 – 25.000 characters.

Following a rigorous review process, the qualified contributions will be published in an anthology in Slovene and English languages in 2020.

Freedom only for the supporters of the government, only for the members of one party – however numerous they may be – is no freedom at all. Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently. Not because of any fanatical concept of "justice" but because all that is instructive, wholesome and purifying in political freedom depends on this essential characteristic, and its effectiveness vanishes when "freedom" becomes a special privilege.(...)

ROSA LUXEMBURG

In order to encourage participants to comply with the set deadlines, a non-refundable “application fee” of 50 EUR,- will be required from all (except the keynote speakers) upon submitting their applications. For those complying with the deadlines, this fee will count towards the overall costs of the conference, including the review and publishing process of the forthcoming anthology. Upon arrival at the conference, they will pay the remaining amount (conference fee/accommodation of 300 EUR). Those participants who will not meet the set deadlines will pay the full conference fee of 350 EUR.

The conference organizers have adopted a “no-reimbursement” policy with regard to the “application fee” for those who have submitted their applications but either failed to come to the conference or have not met the set deadlines. 

 

Bank transfers for application fee of 50 EUR are to be made to the following account:

Account name: KUD Apokalipsa, Lili Novy 25, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija

IBAN: SI56 0201 0009 1759 056

SWIFT/BIC: LJBASI2X

Name of the Bank: Nova Ljubljanska banka

Bank Headquarters Address: Trg republike 2, 1520 Ljubljana, Slovenia


In cooperation with Cankarjev dom, Balassi Institute – Cultural Center of the Embassy of Hungaryand Slovenian National Committee of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme at (the Slovenian National Commission for) UNESCO; municipality of Črnomelj, Ljubljana Town Lilbrary.

 

Søren Kierkegaard 2018

International conference and workshop

 

Črnomelj, Ljubljana, 29. 5 – 2. 6. 2018

Pre-Event: Ljubljana, 23. 5. 2018

Organisation: KUD Apokalipsa Publishing House and Central European Research Institute Søren Kierkegaard Ljubljana

In collaboration with Cankarjev dom and others.

 

Ljubljana, Slovenia – 23th of May 2018

Črnomelj, Slovenia – from 29th to 31th of May 2018

Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia – 1st and 2nd of June 2018

 

Theme

 

CITIZEN-COSMOPOLITAN IN THE LIGHT OF APOKALYPSIS (celebrating the 25th anniversary of KUD Apokalipsa and the 5th anniversary of CERISK Ljubljana)

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Socratic Symposium within Conference: Philosophical discourse NEW OICONOMY AND
EXISTENTIAL TURN (1st and 2nd of June at Cankarjev dom)

Kierkegaard reference text: Stages on Life's Way (In vino veritas)

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx

The 50th anniversary of the student revolution

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In the Ancient Greek, apocalypse does not mean catastrophe, has no horrible or dark connotation, nor is it simply something hidden or secret. Quite the opposite, apokalypsis means revelation, an unveiling. We only gain insight into things when we rid ourselves of illusions. When we truly gaze through and are not crushed by fear, our consciousness opens and the world reveals itself.