Online | Force of Myth: Authority, Illusion, and Critique in Modern Imaginaries

Monday | 07.06.21
Until Wednesday | 09.06.21

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Workshop dates: Monday–Wednesday, June 7–9, 2021

Myth is one of the most fraught terms in the history of political thought. Although hailed and instrumentalized by political ideologues and social movements of all stripes, it has also been vilified and condemned by representatives of religious and secular traditions alike. Yet, in spite of liberal attempts to pathologize the concept during the Cold War, myth has returned again in recent years with its characteristic ambiguity: What is post-truth and conspiracy theory for some is the possibility of social critique for others. In order to discuss the force of myth in modern societies, this conference connects three axes of historical, political, and philosophical perspectives.



Shai Lavi (Director of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute)

Keynote Speakers

Bernard E. Harcourt, Columbia University/EHESS

Pini Ifergan, Bar-Ilan University/the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Chiara Bottici, New School


Jacob Abolafia, Polonsky Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Carmen Lea Dege, Polonsky Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Tae-Yeoun Keum, UC Santa Barbara

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