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Talk and panel discussion Vertrouwen (Trust)


19 February 2024
2 – 5 pm
ZB Library of Zeeland

Talk and panel discussion Vertrouwen (Trust)

On Monday, February 19, Pascal Gielen will give a talk about his book Vertrouwen, bouwen op het cultureel gemeen (Trust, building upon cultural commons). After the talk, there will be a panel discussion led by Monique Schoonen with Provincial Commissioner of Culture Jo-Annes de Bat, chairman of Cultural Board Zeeland, Geert van Maanen, and director of Vleeshal, Roos Gortzak. The book presentation will take place at the ZB library in Middelburg.


3pm - Walk-in with coffee/tea

3:30pm - Book presentation Pascal Gielen

4:15pm - Panel discussion

5:15pm - Drinks

6pm - End

This talk is part of the Culturele Standplaats Zeeland. The Culturele Standplaats is an initiative of the ZB Library. During this multi-day event, the ZB invites cultural, social or scientific experts to share their knowledge. From 19 to 22 February, Vleeshal organizes, together with the ZB, the Culturele Standplaats of 2024 with the theme: The intrinsic value of culture for Zeeland. To reflect on the conditions for a healthy cultural sector in Zeeland, Vleeshal has invited writer and professor of cultural sociology Pascal Gielen. Gielens's research focuses on the political and social contexts of creative work. He recently published the book Vertrouwen (Trust), in which he argues for giving cultural and social initiatives space and trusting them to handle their responsibilities. In two sessions - a panel discussion and a workshop - Gielen will explore the cultural field of Zeeland with us. He will guide us through his research on trust.


Vleeshal is an internationally oriented center for contemporary art, rooted in Zeeland. In Zeeland Focus, Vleeshal highlights regional artists, takes part in and celebrates local contemporary art and culture.