Zamyn's biennial Cultural Forum brings together leading figures from disparate spheres of politics, business, the visual arts, literature, psychoanalysis and cultural studies to interrogate the workings of the contemporary world, develop understanding of different perspectives, and generate transformative new ideas.
Tate Modern, London, 29 May-12 June
Zamyn’s inaugural Cultural Forum, in partnership with Accenture, Africa Progress Panel, Barclays, Penguin Books, SOAS, University of London and Tate, will be held at Tate Modern, London, in the lead up to the G8 Summit – from 29 May to 12 June 2013.
Leading thinkers from disparate worlds of politics, business, academia and the arts will come together for a series of lectures and panel discussions to explore new perspectives on global citizenship. Much of the programme takes up questions arising from the exponential growth in movement across international borders – of people, capital, resources and artefacts – and the challenges and opportunities it presents for cultural, academic and other national and international institutions.
Where discussion addresses broader geopolitical issues, including the effectiveness and legitimacy of the G8, it will be grounded in the example of Africa, with a focus on South Africa. An analysis of the rapidly transforming country amid global shifts in power and alliances will provide a provocative and timely starting point for debate over the future of global governance.
Through a collision of outlooks, the events will question the validity of concepts such as global order, development and the foreigner, and examine perceptions and aspirations that herald the world to come.
See all events in the series here.
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The interview is one of the most thought-provoking and revealing forms of human interaction. We are often at our most unguarded and spontaneous in conversation, and so new insights and discoveries can emerge, which often take both listener and speaker by surprise. Rather than rehashing old ideas, the interview has the potential to both create and stimulate.
The Zamyn interviews are extensive, in-depth conversations: an exploration, through speech, of economic, political and social processes. They bring together a diverse group, from artists and psychoanalysts to business leaders and politicians, to discuss the key questions of the forces at play in the contemporary world. Zamyn's focus on the unconscious and hidden side of political and social dynamics allows these to be framed in new ways, facilitating a pioneering intellectual understanding of how peripheral cultures impact upon global systems.
Moustapha Safouan is an eminent Lacanian psychoanalyst, and author of Why are the Arabs Not Free?
Colin MacCabe is a British writer and film producer. He is Distinguished Professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh and Associate Director of the London Consortium.