Pro Patria Mori

Thursday, 14 April 2016, 2:00pm - Friday, 15 April 2016, 6:30pm, IWM library
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British soldiers blinded by tear gas during the Battle of Estaires, 10 April 1918.

The First World War provoked an intense reflection on the meaning of solidarity and sacrifice in philosophical, political, religious, and anthropological registers of thought. This fascination with the function of sacrifice and its meaning for social cohesion and political solidarity extended well beyond the war into the 1920s and 1930s, whether in the writings of Georges Bataille, Michel Leiris, and Roger Caillois, in D’Annunzio’s Notturno, or with the cult of the Frontsoldaten.

This workshop investigates the relationship between solidarity and sacrifice in historical and conceptual horizons of analysis. Is solidarity possible without a discourse of sacrifice? What is the meaning of “dying for one’s nation?” What is the meaning of sacrifice? Is there any beauty and sweetness in dying for one’s country? Who would want to die for Europe  today?

[Detailed Program]

Limited seats for observers at the workshop are available. If you are interested to attend the workshop as an observer, please email Luise Wascher: . Please give your affiliation and briefly explain your interest in the event. Participation is pending on prior approval by the academic organisers, which you will receive by email. Deadline for application: Monday, 11 April.

Keynote Speech
Gáspár Miklós Tamás:
Solidarity & Capitalism: Is Solidarity Just a Dream in a Reified Society?
April 14, 2016, 6:00pm

In cooperation with the ERC Project GRAPH – The Great War and Modern Philosophy, KU Leuven