6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join Full Circle at the launch event for our 2018/19 season, and hear Philippe Van Parijs tell us about the uncertain future facing Belgium. He explains how the rise of identity politics has exposed the faultlines between Belgium’s two regions as never before, with calls for separation in both Flanders and Wallonia getting louder. Both are convinced of their ability to survive without the other – but both want Brussels. Will they split, with the capital torn down the middle? Van Parijs explores the possible separatist scenarios for Belgium, ultimately ending up at the conclusion that Belgium will stay united – because it has to. He sets out his vision for how a future Belgium can work, and why he believes Belgians will ultimately come together to form a genuine European utopia.
Philippe Van Parijs is a leading Belgian philosopher and political economist. He directs the Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics at the Catholic University of Louvain and has been a visiting fellow of many other institutions. He coordinates the Ethical Forum of the University Foundation, to promote scientific activities at Belgian universities, and, with Paul De Grauwe, the Re-Bel initiative. He is one of the founders of the Basic Income Earth Network and is best known for his work promoting a universal basic income, as well as the first systematic treatise of linguistic justice. In 2011, Philippe was awarded the Ark Prize of the Free Word for actively promoting the freedom of expression, and in 2001 the Francqui Prize, Belgium’s most generous scientific prize.