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Conflict matters in arts and culture

organized by Fameus and kunstZ, in collaboration with Demos,  Evens Foundation,  Kif Kif and ARIA

The Decolonization Debate  and democratization of the arts is heating up the arts and cultural sector.

Based on the idea of 'Conflict Matters', in this seminar we embrace and organize the discussion, the debate and the difference of opinion as a lever to strengthen the transition process of the sector. Today in a polarized way  dealt with conflict that many of us understand  experience conflict fatigue. But Conflict does matter, is constructive,  provides impetus to practice and ensures continuous innovation.

For whom?

Culture professionals, students, artists, local cultural policy, museum staff, other interested parties…



In the morning we invite speakers who will elaborate on the importance of conflict and how we can respond to it from our practice. We approach the theme from both theory and practice with a few concrete examples from abroad and at home.

dr. Bernadette Lynch is unable to attend seminary for personal reasons. She finds this very unfortunate herself, but it remains without a doubt a full and fascinating day. See you tomorrow! We start at 9:30 am with the reception.


9.30am: welcome with coffee


10:00: introduction

  • Yannick Moyson

  • Greetings Fishermen

  • Marjolein Delvou


10h15 – 11h00:

Pascal Gielen |  The Art of Dissensus Culture and Politics beyond Multiculturalism


11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.:

Bernadette Lynch |  Disturbing the Peace: Museums, conflict and activism for social change


12:00 – 12:30:

Rachael Minott | Unlearning colonial violence enacted in museum practice


12:30 pm – 1:00 pm:

Europe partners |  documentary and practical examples


13h00 – 14h00: lunch break


2:00 pm: The Devil's Advocate

We ask a number of authors and performers to make a plea from a certain perspective for or against a proposition. We selected the themes on the basis of what has appeared in recent months and has been discussed in various debates and magazines.

Their pleas do not necessarily align with their personal point of view, but provide a new perspective on these conflicting themes.


A panel of experts answers their pleas with possible actions and ideas for the future.

Of course, the public can also have their say and formulate suggestions.


  1. The Importance of Artistic Freedom VS the Limits of Artistic Freedom                     Younes Van den Broeck (Spitler) and Elisabeth Severino Fernandes

  2. Heritage Conservation VS Heritage Reset                                           Gerardo Salinas/Orlando Verde and Carmien Michels

  3. Radical change of structures US opts for gradual change                   Mohamed Barrie and Aïcha Cissé


panel:  Rachida Lamrabet, Evelyne  Coussens, Joachim Ben Yakoub


4 pm: completion

Yannick Moyson


4.15 pm: network drink

Where and when

December 18, 2018, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Seminar room UA, Monastery of the Gray Sisters,

Lange Sint-Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerp

The language of instruction for the morning program is English.

Registrations are currently closed, you can register for the waiting list by sending an email to  If you cancel less than a week in advance, you pay a cancellation fee of 30 euros.


IHKV Beyond Theater - Creative platform for professional skills

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union

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