PhiloPolitics is the independent non-profit research institute. Its main focus is on the relations between human rights, political systems and public space in the modern-day world. PhiloPolitics for its objective has tracing the responses on this question through the arts, philosophy, political science, anthropology, cultural memory and heritage studies.
Through our organization, we want to explore the possibility of socially committed, activist theory. We believe that for a broader comprehension of contemporary political culture, research should be made in an open space of perpetual exchange (between individuals from different public spheres as well as between different fields of knowledge). Therefore we would like to form a global network of collaborators (scholars, researchers, citizens, witnesses, members of minority and/or endangered groups etc.), to collect as many points of view possible of the contemporary political phenomena as well as different heritage objects and phenomena of political culture.
PhiloPolitics produces studies, research, analysis, and publications. Also, through the oral history activities, we do interviews with persons affected with those policies or with the creator of those projects. In aim to raise awareness on importance of public space in political and civic life, we organize flash mobs and public manifestations.
Our work is categorized within three program unites which have their own approaches, but which are complementary in their struggles.
- Politics and the use of art: Those are questions as intentionally built capital cities ex nihil, nationalistic interventions in the public space and significance of certain styles in memorials and urban areas.
- Minority and migration studies: The idea is to give a voice to those in position of exclusion, marginalized by the dominant culture. Hence, we inevitably arrive to examine the social and epistemological norms of a given society, and especially the link between minorities and social normative and regulative measures.
- Discourse analysis: In a sense of the historical term of the process of the long duration, we are researching ethical codex present in political and social discourses of today. As they often offer itself as a replacement of political engagement, different ethical charts, ethical commissions are taking over the decisions concerning public well-being, values etc. Within this program unit, we examine questions as nationalism, ethnopopulism, and xenophobic and conservative discourses in the present politics.