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World Philosophy Day

To celebrate World Philosophy Day 2020, UNESCO will organize four high-level roundtables online on November 19 and 20 with eminent philosophers from all regions, who will be invited to reflect on the meaning of the current pandemic from different tools and philosophical perspectives.

The first round table “Being together in the face of the pandemic” will take place on Thursday 19 November from 11.30 a.m to 1.30 p.m. (Paris time).


  • Jean-Luc Nancy (France): philosopher, great figure of post-modern philosophy, former professor at the University of Strasbourg
  • Serena Parekh (USA): associate professor of philosophy at Northeastern University in Boston, director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program
  • Joelle Zask (France): philosopher, specialist in political philosophy and pragmatism, lecturer at the University of Provence
  • Luca M. Scarantino (Italy): philosopher, professor of philosophy and cultural policy at the IULM University of Milan, president of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP)

Moderator: John Crowley (UNESCO/MOST Programme)

For more information about this first roundtable and to discover the others: https://events.unesco.org/event/?id=20203102459670&lang=1033

Chinese and European Resources for a Global Ethic

The First CIPSH International Academy on Chinese Cultures and Global Humanities Seminar is held 11–12 November 2020 on Chinese and European Resources for a Global Ethic.
The webinar is organized by the Union Académique Internationale (UAI) in collaboration with the Stockholm China Center at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) in Stockholm.

To read the rationale and see the schedule for the event, visit: http://www.cipsh.net/web/news-303.htm

Flying River

Flying River is a performance by Rios de Encontro, a youth-lead community project in Marabá City in the Brazilian Amazon, with choreographer Dan Baron Cohen. Presented just weeks before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project integrates four generations of the community, political advisers, public servants and professionals in the areas of education, health, culture and security.

AfroRoots Collective cleans fish and washes clothes on the bank of the River Tocantins in drought. They begin to rehearse for the kite festival performance in the afro-indigenous community of Cabelo Seco. A child steps out of a Dunun drum skin, claps her hands in delight and discovers the power of her imagination and of performance.

The child flies her kite and the wind abruptly dies. She finds a dead fish and shows it to the performers and their audience, but everyone is on their mobile phones. The festival performance begins and the child is seduced! She dances so well at the side, the performers invite her to join them! But the air starts to burn and one by one, all faint.

Wounded birds brawl over the dead toxic fish. The child wanders between delirious relatives and friends, all parched by thirst, refugees in their own street. She finds an old bottle and all offer their humanity for a drop of water. She invites them to play and shares water among them all. But when the adults discover it is imaginary, they pelt her with stones of hate.

In the ashen silence, the child shreds her kite. Her cries awaken ancestral eagles to cure and transform the performers and their audience into a flying river of hope.

The Intelligence of Plants in Question

Are plants intelligent? The new anthology « L’intelligence des plantes en question » (The Intelligence of Plants in Question, published by Editions Hermann, 2020), tries to respond to the question in a transdisciplinary manner. If plants – and, by extension, nature – are intelligent, does the phenomenon of intelligence exist outside of anthropocentric views of the world?

Under the lead of editor and neuroscientist Marc-Williams Debono, this anthology includes texts by Luciano Boi, Emanuele Coccia, Marc-Williams Debono, Quentin Hiernaux, Olga Kisseleva, Anais Lelièvre, Michael Marder, Jacques Tassin, Yann Toma, and Claudia Zatta.

CIPSH Address to UNESCO General Conference

During the 2019 General Conference of UNESCO, held 12-27 November, the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH) gave an address by Secretary General Luiz Oosterbeek. On the occasion of CIPSH’s 70th anniversary, the address mentioned the Arts and Society project with UNESCO-MOST, Mémoire de l’Avenir and Global Chinese Arts & Culture Society and our commitment to fostering a closer collaboration between the arts and the humanities.

APHELEIA: Education, Training, Communication

“The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) begins with the premise that transformations of nature are based upon human actions, and that human actions are based upon schemes of interpretation. With globalization, the conditions for human action have changed dramatically. Dealing successfully with cultural, social, and climate changes, on a global level, requires people to understand their locally embedded lives in a global context. Global understanding becomes a new conditio humana. It necessitates bridging a gap between local and global effects—as thinking globally and acting on an appropriate social, ethical, and aesthetic level presupposes. A lack of understanding of the consequences of our actions may have a disastrous impact on our future. Individuals, and societies, must unite in order to live together in awareness of one another. Each can make a difference by proposing actions and providing solutions.

Arts and cultures are powerful and ideal mediators in the constitution of social realities, via learning and interchange. With the ongoing rise of world free-media tools, digital platforms, and sociocultural practices, knowledge theoretically has a global reach.

Arts and cultures are a journey into the world of mankind, beyond political or religious limits. Art is an expression and emulation of the human mind. It criticizes, proposes, invents, thinks, transforms. It records our pluralism.”

Extract from Art Education by Margalit Berriet in Education, training and communication in cultural management of landscapes

Read the full article on page 55 and download the book from here: http://www.apheleiaproject.org/apheleia/Publications/_07.%20Education,%20Training%20and%20Communication%20in%20cultural%20management%20of%20landscapes.pdf