Cultural stories: Booking your mind

As a part of the Cultural stories, the EU InfoCentre started a programme "Booking your mind" aiming at promotion of European values and European culture through interactive models of cultural production, forums and debates.

Considering some of the anniversaries and jubilees in 2016, several European authors and books that have shaped European cultural history, created modern theories and ideologies, inspired art and social movements and still have a large influence in the socio-cultural context today, will be debated. Concept developer and host of the debates is Ana Jovkovska, journalist.

The programme started on 6 April 2016 with a debate about Erich Fromm, a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. The panelists Goce Smilevski, Writer, PhD in Comparative Literature and Vladimir Martinovski, Poet, PhD in Comparative Poetics, discussed inspired by the Erich Fromm’s book “To Have or To Be".

On 12 April 2016 in Bitola panelists: Ivan Dzeparovski, Philosopher, PhD in Esthetics and Philosophy and Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski, Cultural worker and Researcher presented and talked about the work of Walter Benjamin, German Jewish philosopher and cultural critic. Their discussion was focused on the Benjamin book "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction". Four more events were held as a part of the programme.

On 20 May at the Center for Balkan Cooperation LOJA, in Tetovo the author Michel Foucault and Jacques Lacan were presented through the books "The History of Sexuality" and "Secrets" were presented. The panellists: Katerina Kolozova, Philosopher, PhD in Philosophy, Sociological Theory and Gender Studies and Elizabeta Seleva, Writer, PhD in Literature talked on the topic: “Sexual liberalization, Masculinity and Stereotypes in the Fight for Gender Equality“.

The philosopher Erich Fromm was presented in In Veles on 10 May in the Theatre J.H.K.Dzinot. Through the discussion about the book "To Have or To Be" the panellists Zoja Buzalkovska, Theatre Director and Vladimir Martinovski, Poet, PhD in Comparative Poetics talked about the Anti-consumerism in the Era of Selling Brands and Souls.

On 15 June April 2016 in Skopje at the Kino Kultura, Nebojsha Vilic, PhD in Esthetics, Archaeology and History of Art; Ivan Dzeparovski, philosopher, PhD in Aesthetics and Philosophy presented the book "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" from Walter Benjamin and talked on the topic titled “Technology and Art - Revolution or Humanization“.

The debate about George Orwell and Aldous Huxley and the anniversary of 80 years from "Keep the Aspidistra Flying"; "Eyeless in Gaza" and "After the Fireworks" was organised on 22 June in Kino Kultura in Skopje. Sead Dzigal, Media Expert, PhD in Communication and Goran Janev, anthropologist talked about “Propaganda - The New Language of Media Spectacle“ and “Social Justice and Psychology”.

The authors and the books are the starting point, from which discussions are developed related to current societal issues, i.e. they offer a philosophical link between the past and the future. The debates are framed around topics including: Culture and Globalization; Art - Revolution or Humanization; Media; Cultural Policies; Human Rights; Literature; Freedom of Speech; Film; Theatre; Propaganda and New Social Media; Gender Equality; Art in the Technological Reproduction, etc.

Besides the creative and educational interactive part, a socializing part in the spirit of certain European cultures and traditions is envisaged, by introducing different cultural specifics such as typical music, food, drinks or snacks from the country in focus.

The full programme