University of Rijeka – Moise Palace

Lecture by Prof. Bernard Stiegler

and the

Inauguration of the 10th generation of UNIRI CAS SEE Fellows

 Moise Palace (City of Cres)

October 1st, 2019 at 12.00 pm

It is our pleasure to invite you to the inauguration of the 10th generation of UNIRI CAS SEE Fellows to be held at the Moise Palace on the island of Cres (in the city of Cres), where the fellows will have the opportunity to present their academic work in dialogue with representatives of the University of Rijeka and the City of Cres to the academic communities and the general public. Along with the presentations of the fellows’ research projects, the topic of the dialogue will be the vision and future developments of the University Center for Humanities and Social Sciences to be hosted in the newly renovated renaissance palace. Animating this unique cultural heritage monument with the interdisciplinary educational and research activities of the regional scientific center in the making, the University of Rijeka and the City of Cres aim to contribute to understanding and resolution of challenges of the contemporary social, academic, cultural and touristic realities. The event program includes the welcoming address by Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Rector of the University of Rijeka, followed by a lecture – workshop  with the French philosopher, Prof. Bernard Stiegler thematising the ongoing activities of the future Center in dialogue with its communities.

We kindly ask you to confirm your attendance in order to ensure your transportation to the island of Cres by e-mailing us at: no later than September 15th 2019. Interested visitors will be able to enjoy the guided tour of the Palace by Danijel Ciković, Ph.D. (Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka).

Bernard Stiegler is a French philosopher, the head of Institut de recherche et d’innovation. He was also the program director at Collège international de philosophie, professor at Université de Compiègne, deputy director of Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, director of IRCAM and director of Department of Cultural Development at Centre Pompidou. He is also the director of Ars Industrialis, an association founded in 2006. He is an author of numerous books and articles focusing on the research into philosophy of technology and the possibility of the political and social response to Anthropocene.

In his Analysis of Guterres’ Speeches, Bernard Stiegler writes that “(f)aced with systemic risks, we need to invent systemic replies”. This is “possible only as a protection, cultivation and participation of knowledge”. The “systemic risks” he refers to are the multiple and complex ecological, economical and political crises spreading through the globe, and accelerating, as a result of a flawed international institutional design which allowed for the conditions conducive to such compound threats and injustices to flourish. How do we change the system? What are the structural, functional and fundamental redesigns necessary for the cosmopolitical community to emerge and for the cooperative heterogeneity to thrive? For one, as we now know, the true progress cannot rely exclusively on technological advancement. While developing and diversifying the emancipatory technological solutions constitutes the necessary aspect of our transition into the post-anthropocene world, the nurture of such knowledge is impossible if it is undertaken without deep inquiries into the social, political, economic and epistemic projects which can give rise to what Dan Ross refers to as “the right kind of crazy for the future”. As Stiegler writes: “A new type on innovation is needed”. This Palace is dedicated to the search for this new type of innovation, this right kind of crazy, these “multiplicities of design” (Geert Lovink) – to the discoveries of the diverse and the intricate systemic elements of our truly liberatory future.

Lecture by Prof. Bernard Stiegler will take place at the Moise Palace on October 1st, 2019, starting at 12.00 pm.