Silent Lectures, at their most basic, consist of people coming together in peace to jointly contemplate in silence something that matters to them: a loss, an injustice or a victory for example.
Each Silent Lecture is delivered by a convener whose task it is to name the ‘thing’ (injustice etc) that is to be contemplated and to act as a focal point for the group during their contemplation.
Silent Lectures can take place in almost any context, including at political demonstrations, cultural events or religious gatherings, but are in themselves neither political nor religious.
Anyone can give a Silent Lecture. All it takes is an issue and a place where that issue resonates so much it can be summarised in one word and still be understood by many, if not all.
To promote the concept of Silent Lectures and explore its uses within the context of mobilisation (protest) and healing (reconciliation) strategies within different cultural and political settings, we are seeking expressions of interest from anyone willing to host one or more of these lectures.
Our ambition is to co-organise or co-host Silent Lectures on every inhabited continent and to document the entire enterprise for near-time publication on unruhe.eu/notes. Subject to funding we also intend to produce a full-colour coffee-table publication with a strong emphasis on visual documentation and local contextualisation via commissioned essays.
In so doing we hope not only to make a meaningful contribution to support-worthy initiatives around the world, but also to celebrate and document, in all their richness and diversity, some of the defining struggles of our time. To get a dialogue started or request further information, please use the contact form provided here.