We are a partnership between VUB (University of Brussels), UA (University of Antwerp) and the city of Mechelen. We determine our actions in consultation with both a social and a scientific council. Our non-profit association is supported by the Flemish Government and various partner organisations.
Hannah Arendt advocated active citizenship in which plurality/the diversity of human expression, connectivity, critical thinking and open dialogue are essential. This is not only at the heart of a strong democracy, it is also important in our work: to make everyone participate in the debate and when building our society. We are inspired by Arendts’s ideas, but above all we continue to think for ourselves.
Doing nothing is an option. But is it also your option? In any case, it is not the path we have chosen. So we focus on everyone who wants to make a critical-constructive contribution: citizens, policymakers, organisations… The more involvement, the better. Talk to us, think with us or join us.
Well-substantiated research is central to our operations. Science, clearly presented, that is ready for use and at the service of society.
Thinking is dangerous. Not thinking is even more dangerous. We do not only give answers. We also question established assumptions.
Thinking is necessary, acting is crucial. We want our operations to culminate in action. But we also want your take on it. Because it is only in dialogue that we achieve mutual understanding.
Only a very limited part of our website is available in English, this doesn’t mean we can’t help you with questions or remarks. Feel free to contact us by means of the form on the right.
Hannah Arendt Institute, Grote markt 21, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium.