Table Talk is an open conversation between students on a present-day topic. This edition will focus on traditions in modernity, the rituals we cherish and the way that they at same time might exclude others. Can customs and rituals change over time? Could there be global traditions? And which traditions are important to you?
On the 5th of December the Dutch are under the spell of St. Nicholas, or Sinterklaas as they call it, one of the most celebrated but also heavily discussed traditions in the Netherlands. In many countries there are holidays, celebrations and traditions that once seemed simple and self-evident, but now are questioned and experienced as offensive or out-dated. What should we do with national traditions in times that cultures diversify? Should these traditions be cherished, protected and celebrated in a traditional form? Or can tradition change with time?
For most people, traditions and cultural anchors are an important part of their (national) identity. They have cherished memories celebrating certain holidays and people feel connected to their country or neighbours because of it. Can we understand this connection and identification, and also take into account that it might exclude others? Can festive days, customs and rituals change, or be celebrated differently per group, and still remain tradition? And what does it mean that some people feel more connected to certain groups on the other side of the world, than to their neighbours?
Do you feel like talking (openly and respectfully) about this subject? Come and join this conversation. Subscribe and receive further information by email. Participating is free and includes a free lunch, registration is required.
Do you feel the need to just talk freely with other students about recent developments, interesting topics or current events? To share thoughts and views with others from different disciplines and backgrounds? Studium Generale offers the possibility to talk, discuss and listen with fellow students on a regular basis.
Every session, our discussion will be centered on a central theme of which you do not have to have background knowledge. It is meant as a casual but in-depth exploration of the topic, ourselves and the people around us.
The talks will be in English and moderated by Camie Karstanje, programme manager science of Studium Generale and herself a recent graduate (2015).