The shocking and dramatic fire that destroyed a significant part of the Notre-Dame cathedral last week in Paris, France, has sparked an outpouring of emotions and debates about cultural heritage around the world, and especially in Europe.
This week we will consider the historical, political, societal and economic implications of the very notion of European cultural heritage. Is there a European collective memory, and what is it made up of ? What is Europe’s shared cultural responsibility, especially regarding Europe’s colonial history and the question of artwork repatriation ? What can the EU do in terms of cultural policy ? Is cultural heritage a national matter ?
Join us Tuesday the 30th to find answers to these questions and more, at 7pm, in the portrait room of LSE’s old building .
The principle is simple : a one-hour open discussion with teachers, students and fellows on European affairs. These sessions aim to happen weekly and to create a reflexion group who thrives in debating and sharing opinions away from the classrooms. For those who will want to pursue the debate after the class, we’ll be heading to the White Horse’s pub afterward for an informal discussion.
No debate experience or political background is necessary, we encourage walk-ins and we value diversity of perspectives and opinions.