Santiago Zabala

The Greatest Emergency is the Absence of Emergency:
Anarchic Hermeneutics, Emergency Aesthetics, and Philosophical Warnings

16,18, and 19.03.2021


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The aim of this seminar is to venture into three themes and concepts that form and sustain the philosophy of warnings. In order to outline this philosophy, it is necessary to understand the post- metaphysical connotations of hermeneutics and aesthetics after Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Gadamer. Interpretation and art have become realms where ‘Being’ takes place, that is, existence emerges and resists the ongoing return to order and realism in the twenty-first century. But if the ‘greatest emergency is the absence of emergency’, as I claim, how can we know which emergency to prioritise? What is a real emergency? This theory is meant to question why climate change, social inequality, and viral pandemics are not addressed, even though we are constantly warned of their emergency. Throughout this seminar, we will attempt to carve out the onto- logical meaning of interpretation, art, and warnings in order to individuate alternative ways to exists, that is, ‘being at large’.

Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philoso- phy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is the author and editor of thirteen books and has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Al-Jazeera. His most recent publications are Being at Large: Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (McGill- Queen’s University Press, 2020) and Why Only Art can Save Us. Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017).

Registration is free, but limited. Please send an email with a short CV to by 07.03.2021. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55

Alan Read
The Dark Theatre:
Conditions of the Irreparable
11.-13.03.2020, 11 am, 2 pm

Auditorium Goethe-Institut, Lisbon

Independent Study Programme
Call 2022
Until 20.09.2021

Sjoerd van Tuinen

The Politics of Resentment

23, 25, 26.03.2021
12h–14h30, 15h30–18h


Sjoerd van Tuinen
The Politics of Resentment
12h–14h30, 15h30–18h

The seminar will take place online only.

Milan Ther

From One Institution to Another: Presenting Situated Aesthetics



Fogo Island Dialogues
Atlantic Codes
November 8–9, 2019

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lumiar Cité

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
and by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70 | 21 352 11 55

Ao descer a escada
Há um degrau p’ra me sentar.
Não há outro degrau
Onde descansar.
Não estou lá em baixo
Nem lá em cima estou.
Estou é na escada
Onde sempre estou.

Ao subir a escada
Não estou em cima, nem em baixo.
Não estou na creche,
Nem mesmo no sopé, acho.
Ideias estranhas começam a girar
Na minha cabeça
Fora do lugar!

Tonio Kröner
09.11.2019 - 02.02.2020

26.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth Buchmann

Thompson, Jürgen Bock

26.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth Buchmann

Judith Barry
All the light that's ours to see

Extended until 6 December 2020

In line with revised recommendations from the authorities, we are postponing the exhibition, which was scheduled to open on 28 March. A new date will be communicated in due course.

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock

Veit Stratmann
13.11.2021 – 30.01.2022

Lumiar Cité is closed for the summer break between 16 and 31 August.

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

Maumaus / Lumiar Cité
is funded by Ministério da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar

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