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    • 18/11/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Full Circle House, 89 Ch. de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles
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    Members' Supper

    Migration,

    The age of perennial crisis?

    Thursday 18th November, 7-10pm

    Discuss the ideas that keep you up at night, with fellow members, over a hearty meal.

    Giulio Di Blasi will host this one: "The politics of migration has led us to feel in a state of perennial crisis, one that has been crushing trust in institutions from the local to the European level. But are we truly living a migration crisis? What does even the word crisis mean in the field of migration, and are there sensible solutions out there to regain trust of the public and heal our societies? I look forward to hear your thoughts on what has been my field of work and action in the past ten years, going from crisis to crisis, looking for a silver lining."

    Giulio Di Blasi is Europe Director of the Refugee Hub – GRSI, where he engages with European States and Institutions to expand sponsorship solutions across Europe. Previously, he was Member of the Cabinet of the HR / VP for Foreign Affairs of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, responsible for migration and human rights issues. And before that, he headed the Team for the implementation of Hotspots in Italy and Greece at the European Commission, and worked in the humanitarian NGOs sector focusing on the Middle East and East Africa with a focus on refugee management and human displacement. 


    If you'd like to host the next gathering, please get in touch.

    This event is open to Members & their guests.

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    • 19/11/2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Full Circle House, 89 Ch. de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles
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    Daria van den Bercken

    OFF THE BEATEN TRACK 
    Fri 19 Nov / Music / 6:30 PM

    Experience the magic of a virtuoso classical pianist in the intimate setting of Full Circle's salon. Since her last visit to Full Circle back in 2016, classical pianist Daria van den Bercken has stepped up her unique campaign to extend classical music’s reach to new audiences, across all ages.

    She'll be updating us on her work, playing for us and discussing her ideas on how to draw contemporary audiences to classical music through innovation and boundless energy. This is a unique opportunity to hear a classical pianist play her repertoire in the intimate setting of Full Circle's living room. 

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    ABOUT

    Dutch-Russian pianist Daria van den Bercken is an unconventional classical pianist, celebrated for the fresh ways she brings piano music to life, and is regarded as ‘a model for musicians of the future’. Her original and successful approach in bringing classical music to wider audiences has focussed on educational and social outreach. Since at least 2012 she has been playing the piano on alternative stages and platforms. Her award-winning project ‘Handel at the Piano’ led to the prestigious Amsterdam Prize, countless concerts worldwide, and a weekly series about classical music on prime-time Dutch television. She previously won the Concertgebouw Vriendenkrans Prize 2005 and the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2006 and 2008. Daria performs regularly around the world and is committed to actively reaching out to younger audiences.

    KEY LINKS

    • Website www.dariavandenbercken.com

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      • 24/11/2021
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Full Circle House, 89 Ch. de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles
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      WE ALL HAVE A BLACK FRIEND

      A salon with François Gemenne

      Wed 24 Nov / Ideas / 6:00 - 8:00PM

      Migration is a hot subject. One that François Gemenne dedicates his career to researching and understanding in all its intricacies and taboos. Public discussion is often polarised around borders issues, quotas, police violence, the veil, discrimination and mostly fears. Can we do any better?

      In his latest book, On A Tous Un Ami Noir, François deconstructs received ideas on migration, and debates why Western societies - France in particular - look so suspicious and tense on this subject. Himself a foreigner, living in France for over twelve years, he does away with ideologies and brings in calming new reflections and facts that are all too often absent from debates. He shows that it is possible to think about migration in a rational and peaceful way. Join us to find out more.

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      ABOUT

      François Gemenne, a specialist of environmental geopolitics and migration dynamicsis a FNRS senior research associate at the University of Liège where he also directs the Hugo Observatory. He is also at Science Po Paris. His research deals mostly with environmental and migration governance. He has worked in particular with populations displaced by environmental changes, including natural disasters, and the policies of adaptation to climate change. He has conducted field studies in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, Tuvalu, China, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Mauritius and Japan, after the Fukushima disaster. He has been involved in a large number of international research projects on these issues. In 2015, he was recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to pursue research at Princeton University. In 2010, he was awarded the ISDT-Wernaers Prize for achievement in the communication of science to the general public.


      GOOD READS

      On A Tous Un Ami Noir (2020), Dis, C'Est Quoi L'Immigration? (2020), Atlas De L'Anthropocène (2019), Géopolitique Du Climat (2015), Geopolitique Du Changement Climatique (2015).


      KEY LINKS

      Hugo Observatory - Environment, Migration, Politics


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        • 17/02/2022
        • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
        • Full Circle House, 89 Ch. de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles
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        CHINA, FROM FOOD TO POLITICS

        A salon with Roel Sterckx

        Thurs 17 Feb / Ideas / 6:30 - 8:30PM

        Roel Sterckx shows us that to understand China today we must learn to think Chinese. 

        Never before has Chinese culture been so physically, digitally, economically or aesthetically present in everyday Western life. But how much do we really know about its origins and key beliefs? How did the ancient Chinese think about the world?

        Sterckx looks at China's world of ideas and examines questions of leadership, social order, death, nature, and more. He reveals how these ideas shape contemporary China, from table manners at a traditional banquet, to the Chinese obsession with education and family, to the rhetoric of political leaders and the nation's grand strategy. The ancient Chinese have shaped the thinking of a civilization that is now influencing our own.

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        ABOUT

        Roel Sterckx is a Flemish-British sinologist and anthropologist. Among the foremost experts in Chinese thought, he is Professor of Chinese History, Science, and Civilization at Cambridge University, and a fellow of Clare College. He has held previous posts at National Taiwan University, Wolfson College Oxford, and University of Arizona. He has authored several books on Chinese thought and ancient China, looking at philosophy, literature, history and food culture - helping us to understand the core ideas of Chinese civilisation.


        GOOD READS

        Chinese Thought: From Confucius to Cook Ding (2019), Ways of Heaven: an Introduction to Chinese Thought (2019), Food, Sacrifice, and Sagehood in Early China (2011), Of Tripod and Palate: Food, Politics, and Religion in Traditional China (2007).

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          • 17/03/2022
          • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
          • Full Circle House, 89 Ch. de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles
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          DO NOT DISTURB

          A salon with Michela Wrong

          Thu 17 Mar / Ideas / 6:30 - 8:30PM

          One of the sharpest observers of African politics, Michela Wrong joins us to discuss her latest controversial work. Do Not Disturb is already contributing to a rethink about the nature of the regime in Rwanda as it puts uncomfortable questions about the country's track record into the public domain. 

          With her powerful investigation into a gruesome political murder and the authoritarian regime behind it, Michela upends the narrative that Rwanda sold the world after one of the deadliest genocides of the twentieth century.

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          ABOUT

          Michela Wrong has been writing about Africa for the last 15 years, reporting for Reuters, the BBC and the Financial Times. She is the author of three non-fiction books on the continent and a novel. She was awarded the 2010 James Cameron prize for journalism that combined moral vision and professional integrity. Michela Wrong lives in London and is regularly interviewed by the main media outlets on her areas of expertise. She is also a consultant for the Miles Morland Foundation, which funds a range of literary festivals, workshops and scholarships for African writers, a trustee of the Africa Research Institute, and an advisor to the Centre for Global Development.


          GOOD READS

          Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad (2020), Borderlines (2015), It's Our Turn To Eat (2009), I Didn't Do It For You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation (2005), In The Footsteps of Mr Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo (2000).


          KEY LINKS

          Michela Wrong's Homepage

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