Festival theme: Hannah Arendt


The Festival experience begun with Theaster Gates’s body of works will be extended with discussions also on themes raised by Hannah Arendt’s thinking.

In the light of Arendt’s writings, is politics on the verge of a disaster? Can Arendt’s thinking help us to understand the current political debate on ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’?

In the video interview, Richard J. Bernstein, Vera List Professor of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research, explains why he thinks Arendt is still topical today.

The interviewer, Festival’s guest speaker Dr. Julian Honkasalo is a postdoctoral researcher in gender studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland as well as a PhD candidate in politics at The New School for Social Research, New York City.

The political theorist Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) is considered one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. Her theorization of imperialist colonialism, ideological racism and the crisis of human rights resonate with many of the most pressuring challenges for contemporary societies: from questions related to far-right politics to the global refugee crisis.

Julian Honkasalo: Political Action in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt in the 21st Century
Friday, April 7, at 15:45–16:30, Gloria Cultural Arena, Main Hall (in Finnish)

Hannah Arendt Reading Group
Saturday, April 8, at 13:00–14:00, Gloria Cultural Arena, balcony 1st floor (in Finnish, in English if needed)