Arnon Grunberg investigates blind obedience

On Thursday, 14 May, Writer in Residence Arnon Grunberg will give the 2020 Abraham Kuyper Lecture.

04/20/2020 | 9:51 AM

The theme of this year’s programme, which will be video-streamed due to the corona crisis, is blind obedience. If necessary, we defend our democracy by force. But the force which the state uses to protect us also creates victims: soldiers are deployed to warzones, and people who are deemed a threat to society are placed in secure institutions. How do we think and talk about these modern-day human sacrifices? Writer in Residence Arnon Grunberg explored these questions with reference to Kierkegaard’s philosophical classic Fear and Trembling. He was assisted by a number of students.

The programme also features writer and journalist Charlotte Bouwman, who will talk about her protests against waiting lists in the mental health system, as well as a panel discussion and a musical performance.

Blind obedience | 14 May – 20:00 | video stream 

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