Nov 28

Linsey McGoey Millennium Talk


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

You may have heard that Knowledge is Power, but now is your chance to find out how – for some – ignorance can be just as potent. Linsey McGoey has studied how those in a position of power use – and abuse – ignorance to get what they want.

5.00 – 6.30 PM   Millennium Talk

• Tickets: 5€
• Talk and debate in English
• For young minds only (aged 14-18yrs)
• Location: WIELS, Avenue Van Volxem 354, 1190 Forest (Brussels)

BOOK HERE  [Registration is compulsory]


Linsey McGoey is a social theorist and an economic sociologist. She is recognized internationally for playing a pioneering role in the establishment of ‘ignorance studies,’ an interdisciplinary field focused on exploring how strategic ignorance and the will to ignore have underpinned economic exchange and political domination throughout history. McGoey’s personal and collaborative research is centered on developing new conceptual frameworks for understanding the political value of ignorance and the unknown. Most recently, her research has been path-breaking in exploring the politics of large-scale philanthropy, with particular attention to the rise and social implications of the new ‘philanthrocapitalism’. She hold advisory roles on several strategic boards of organisations addressing economic, financial and societal contemporary issues. She has held various visiting fellowships and her research has received widespread coverage in international media.


  • The Unknowers: How Strategic Ignorance Rules the World (2019)
  • No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy (2015)
  • An introduction to the sociology of ignorance: essays on the limits of knowing (2014)

Millennium Talks are an opportunity for young audiences (aged 14-18yrs) to interact – listen and talk – with inspiring and innovative thinkers and do-ers from around the world, on subjects relevant to you, in a relaxed context.