Belief in Transition

Root Event

werkleitz Biennale 2006 Happy Believers

Parent Event

Belief in Transition
9. 9. 2006


Solvej Helweg Ovesen (ModeratorIn)

How has the topos of belief changed in the Post-Communist countries in Europe within the process of political transition and neo-liberal dystopia? How is the discussion of secularisation developing in these regards in the New Europe? How are the tendencies indicating individualism and fundamentalism in this context? 

These two developments combined with a renewed discussion of the project of secularisation can be traced to different degree all over Europe, yet they cannot be observed separately from a global context. If belief is individualized (as in the western countries), it is at the same time also being instrumentalized for political purposes as we see in regards of the discourse and effects of fundamentalisms. Where to go if not in the ‘multiculti’-trap?

Boris Buden is a writer and cultural critic. He received his Ph. D. in cultural theory from the Humboldt University in Berlin. In the 90s he was editor of the magazine arkzin (Zagreb). He has contributed regularly to a variety of newspapers, magazines and cultural journals in former Yugoslavia, Europe and USA. His essays and articles cover topics of philosophy, politics, cultural and art criticism. Among his translations into Croatian are two books of Sigmund Freud. Recently, he took part in the project The Post-Communist Condition, organized by the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

Selected publications: Barikade, Zagreb, 1996/1997; Kaptolski Kolodvor, Belgrade 2001; Der Schacht von Babel, Berlin 2004