The Unbearable Lightness of Incessant Change

Lecture by Leonidas Donskis

University of Copenhagen, 11 December 2014 10:01-12:00

Leonidas Donskis, Professor and Vice-President for Research at ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania, will give a talk "The Unbearable Lightness of Incessant Change." Focus will be on his book Moral Blindness (Cambridge: Polity, 2013) written conjointly with the eminent sociologist Zygmunt Bauman in the form of a series of dialogues.

This book reveals how our present world of self-exposure, intense attention-seeking, inflation of concepts and self-commodification turns out a self-celebrating world of self-censorship, surveillance and willful forgetting.  In addition, the loss of sensitivity and the resulting inability to react to human tragedies otherwise than through the lens of scandals, overreactions, and sensations will be discussed.

This probing inquiry into the fate of our moral sensibilities will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the most profound changes that are silently shaping the lives of everyone in our contemporary liquid-modern world.

Venue: Faculty of Humanities, The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, room 10.3.28 

All are welcome

Arranged by
Support Initiative for Liberty and Democracy (SILBA)