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11 November Lecture 2020

Photography: Kathleen Vinck

Ypres City of Peace, the Flemish Peace Institute and the In Flanders Fields Museum will commemorate the end of World War I with a 11 November Lecture.

History does not repeat itself. Nevertheless, a historical diagnosis can certainly help to orient us in a stress situation such as we experience it today. How do people survive in the plate tectonics of war and peace? How do you build or maintain a democratic society in a world under high tension?

According to historian Koen Aerts (UGent, CegeSoma), previously responsible for the scientific supervision of the widely acclaimed television series Children of the Collaboration and Children of the Resistance, the key lies in our imagination. In collaboration with woodwind quintet Bois de Vivre, he will embark on a fascinating journey through historical images, art and music. His quest: to inspire us – even today – to steer our democracy – and all the different opinions and voices within – into a peaceful direction.