Open seminar: "The social-historical as creation: Philosophy, Psyche, Politics, Paideia"

Welcome to a seminar focusing on Cornelius Castoriadis´ significance for social philosophy and pedagogy.

Cornelius Castoriadis. Photo: Wikimedia

About the seminar

The philosopher and psychoanalyst Cornelius Castoriadis (1922-1997) is probably best known as a political thinker who strongly inspired the student movement of May 1968 in Paris. Alongside Hannah Arendt, he was one of the most creative, radical thinkers of the 20th Century.

Castoriadis was active in a range of disciplines, from psychoanalysis and ontology to biology and mathematics. Many of his pioneering thoughts, e.g. his interest in ecology and the living being are still fresh and productive. He was also one of very few thinkers who has theorised what a society is, and what it implies to create something radically new, such as institutions and significations. His analyses of autonomy as self-institution, subjectivity, imaginary creation and democratic paideia are highly relevant for education and the human sciences.

This year marks 20 years since Castoriadis passed away, and seminars on his thought are being organised across the world. As the first, international workshop on Castoriadis in Oslo, this is a unique opportunity to get acquainted with a thinker who many have heard about, but few really know.


10:15 – 10:30

  • “Why Castoriadis? Why education? Why Castoriadis and education?”
  • Welcome and presentation of participants

10:30 – 11:30

  • Stavros Moutsios, Aarhus University: “Education in the European social-historical field”

11:30 – 12:00

  • Evangelos-Alexandros Perrakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: Paideia, philosophy, autonomy (video lecture)

12:00 – 12:30

  • Guillermina Belavi, Autonomous University of Madrid: "The (Re)Creation of the Social Order in Schools"

Lunchbreak 12:30 – 13:00

13:00 – 13:30

  • Ingerid S. Straume, University of Oslo: “Apathy, Tragedy, Hope and Creation: Education in times of Climate Change”

13:30 – 14:00

  • Arild Utaker, University of Bergen: "Castoriadis om det imaginære (L'institution imaginaire de la société)"

14:00 – 14:30

  • Ingmar Meland, Høyskolen Kristiania: “Radical imagination and social imaginary – some remarks on Cornelius Castoriadis and Paul Ricœur”


Published Dec. 1, 2017 11:14 AM - Last modified Dec. 5, 2017 2:48 PM