WHY ARGUE? CPH:DOX 2017
March 1, 2017
WHY ARGUE? is a series of 30-minute conversations between 2 people about power structures, facts, media and the right to ASK WHY. We invite you to intimate and inspiring dialogues as known from the French Salon tradition.
Session 1: Burstingthe Bubble
Thursday 21st March at Kunsthal Charlottenborg 17:30
We live in small bubbles - small subcultures where we agreewith each other and pat each other on the back. How does social media empowerour bubbles – and does it? How do we inject critical thinking into eachindividual bubble? How can we create a world with access to nuancedjournalistic information, from where we can build our arguments? Journalist,writer and award-winning filmmaker Mads Brügger and philosopher Eva AgneteSelsing will discuss how to burst the bubbles.
Session 2: Power Out
Wednesday 22nd March at Kunstal Charlottenborg, 17:30
Who should have the power? A president? The people? Themedia? Corporations? International institutions? Is money and corruptioncontrolling politics? Is power invisible and are people constantly being misledby hidden agendas? Why do we see a split world today? Is it because of badleadership, abuse of power, one-way communication and desperate attempts tochange the power structures leading to; anarchism, populism and nationalism. Isthe world out of control? Carne Ross, a former British diplomat and governmenthighflyer, now an accidental anarchist, will take the stage and discuss thestate of power with senior politician and former President of the UN GeneralAssembly, Mogens Lykketoft.
Session 3: The Rightto Ask Why
Thursday 23rd March at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 17:30
Is free speech under attack? Is it worth fighting for? Is itworth dying for? How do we protect free speech and how do we balance freespeech with the limitations to hate speech, and can we somehow ensure discourseis not being abused by fanaticism? French Ambassador to Denmark and formerAmbassador-at-large for Human Rights; Francois Zimeray and Syrian directorFiras Fayyad, behind Sundance Grand Jury Award-winning Last Men in Aleppo, setout to discuss how far we should go to defend free speech and democratic values.
Session 4: The Age ofLies
Friday 24th of March at Kunsthal Charlottenborg,17:30
How do we know if something is true? How do we ensure thatthe truth gets out? When did politicians become untrustworthy? How canpoliticians exclude journalists’ freedom of expression? Are journalists thewatchdogs of democracy? Or are they reconstructing the reality? How do weensure access to nuanced journalistic information? Channel Controller at DR2,Award-winning director and journalist, Christoffer Guldbrandsen andNewspaper Politiken’s Cultural Editor, Mette Davidsen-Nielsen, examine thestate of truth in today’s media landscape, politics and society as a whole.