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What is the importance of reading culture for global development and on culture's driving force towards sustainability? Dutch philosopher Pieter Hoexum and comparative linguist Andrea De Luca meet each other in the heart of the European quarter in Brussels for a discussion on this topic, moderated by Ravel Kodrič.
This event is organised in the context of the Europe ReadR-project, which aims to foster the reading culture and critical thinking across societies on the future of living, support the creation of public spaces for exchange and debate on shared European values, and dialogue on the European Green Deal, sustainability and urbanism.
Free admission to the Citizens’ Garden, registration is not necessary. Voertaal is Engels.
The Europe ReadR is a free digital reader with a curated literary selection from EU Member States will encourage reflection of readers worldwide on the most pressing global challenges. There will be one book from each Member State in its original language and its English translation. The digital platform will be a springboard for various digital and physical projects in the EU and in third countries organized by EUNIC clusters in cooperation with the Representations of the European Commission (in the EU) and with the EU delegations (outside the EU).
Pieter Hoexum (1968) studied at the Art Academy AKI (Enschede) and studied philosophy at the University of Groningen. He became a bookseller in Amsterdam (Athenaeum Boekhandel) and started writing for various newspapers, magazines and websites. From the year 2000 onwards, he has mainly written about living, housing and architecture, from a philosophical perspective. In 2014 his book Kleine filosofie van het rijtjeshuis (AtlasContact) ("Little philosophy of the terraced house") was published. And in 2019 he published the book Thuis. Filosofische verkenningen van het alledaagse (AtlasContact) ("Home. Philosophical explorations of the everyday life"). He is currently working on a book in which he incorporates his most recent move to a different home and environment and his experiences with the corona crisis; working title: Onderweg (“On the road”).
Andrea De Luca graduated in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Gabriele D'Annunzio University in Pescara. After several years of university teaching in Estonia, France and Slovakia, he lives and teaches in Belgium, where he is a member of the Dante Alighieri Society of Antwerp. He obtained a PhD in Comparative Literature with research on the origins of the detective novel in Italy. Author of numerous articles published in Italy and abroad, his main research interests are the appendix novel, the nineteenth-century literary circles of Naples, the modern film reception of Italian classics and Italian genre cinema.
Ravel Kodrič was born in 1951 in Bulgaria, to a Slovenian father from Trieste, Italy, and an Albanian - Macedonian mother from Sofia, Bulgaria. He grew up in Trieste. After graduating in classical subjects on a high-school level and gaining a piano degree from the State Music Conservatoire in Trieste he taught piano for 25 years. Meanwhile he started working as a translator and conference interpreter. He engaged in politics and served as a member of the Trieste City Council. From 1988 to 1992, when Slovenia gained independence, he acted as Secretary General of the founding committee and the first elected committee of the World Slovenian Congress.
He taught conference interpretation at the Universities of Trieste and Udine. After the great enlargement of the European Union in 2004 he worked as a freelance conference interpreter for the European Institutions. He is the author of various essays in the field of comparative literature regarding the Slovenian avantgarde poet Srečko Kosovel as well as essays on the history of the Italian and Slovenian workers’ emancipation movements in the 20th century.