Starting from February this year the Centre for the Humanities is running a project 'Kant for Kids' (working title). The initiative, carried out by a team of interns from different disciplinary fields, aims at translating six preliminary articles – the basic conditions for peace – of the famous treatise 'Perpetual Peace' by philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) into a book for children.
Peace as a shared horizon
'Kant for Kids' is part of the wider Perpetual Peace Project
– an international research and cultural programme that takes on initiatives within multiple institutions, to provoke a renewed conversation on the possibility of peace as a shared contemporary horizon. The 'Kant for Kids' project takes form of a 6-month-long internship.
The goal of the project is to translate the concept of perpetual peace, and namely Kant’s six preliminary articles, into a terminology accessible and understandable for children. The translation thus entails not only adapting Kant’s text but also linking it to a contemporary political, social and economic context. The envisioned end result is a book for kids which could be used either as a stand-alone reading or incorporated into a wider course related to philosophy and/or politics. Throughout the project the team will consult with experts from different fields regarding the content and conceptual implementation of the project.
Currently the team consists of the following members:
- Brandon Pakker, MA student in Philosophy (Utrecht University), who came up with the initial idea and proposed it to CfH;
- Yvette Wijnandts, RMA student in Gender and Ethnicity (Utrecht University);
- Ruben van der Mark, MA student in Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies (Utrecht University);
- Toa Maes, MA in Literature and Cultural Criticism (Utrecht University).
The advising experts include:
- Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Director, Centre for the Humanities);
- Prof. Gregg Lambert (Syracuse University, one of the initiators of Perpetual Peace Project);
- Prof. Jolle Demmers (Director, Centre for Conflict Studies at Utrecht University);
- Janina Pigaht, CfH Artist in Residence.