Insomnia 2018

44389087_10160852771080577_5431876677196054528_nInsomnia Festival will host a series of seminars at Tromsø Library, Saturday 27th October as part of the festival’s daytime activities.


12:00 War of Songs: Popular Music and the Russo-Ukranian Crisis

The research group “Russian Space: Concepts, Practices, Representations” (RSCPR) at UiT / The Arctic University of Norway is currently preparing a book on popular music and recent Russia–Ukraine relations. The panel at Insomnia Festival 2018 is based upon our findings from the forthcoming book release. With David-Emil Wickström, Andrei Rogatchevski,
Yngvar B. Steinholt and Arve Hansen.

A War of Songs: Popular Music and the Russo-Ukranian Crisis


14:00 The Idea of a European Identity

What does it mean to be “European”? In a continent made up of so many diverse countries, peoples, languages, and traditions, is the idea of European identity doomed to fail? A panel discussion between Argyro Barata (GR) Aslak Holmberg (FI) and Zhanna Guzenko (RU) moderated by Lisa Blanning (UK)

The Idea of a European Identity


15:30 What if the Apocalypse already Happened?

Day by day, we are bombarded by images about devastating hurricanes, ravaging wildfires and recording heat-waves all over the world including the very North of Europe; we are witnessing the rise of galloping authoritarian and right wing regimes from United States to Turkey, the shift to the Right in most European countries (Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy, Hungary); refugees drowning in the Mediterranean Sea and massive discplacements; new walls and new borders, detention camps for children. And there is, once again, the realistic possibility of a nuclear war, or if we don’t destroy ourselves by pushing the “wrong” or “right” button, the disastrous effects of climate change today might sound as a footnote to a much bigger disaster coming already tomorrow. However, what if, as paradoxically as it might sound, the Apocalypse has already happened? What if every day is for someone, somewhere, if not already in Tromso today, the end of the world?

With Srećko Horvat, philosopher from Croatia, originally born in Yugoslavia in 1983, without stable address or affiliation, the German newspaper Der Freitag has named him as “one of the most exciting voices of his generation”

What if the Apocalypse already Happened?


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