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Public Lecture: “The Canary in the Coal Mine” by Ewald Engelen

1 July 2016 , 12:00-13:30; D2.01 (Promotiezaal); VUB Campus Etterbeek

In this lecture, Ewald Engelen will introduce his eponymous popular book recently published with Marianne Thieme – co-founder of, and fraction representative for the political party Partij voor de Dieren [Party for the Animals]. Engelen and Thieme warn against the unsustainability of the political and financial choices underlying our contemporary capitalist system. As canaries in a coal mine they signal the dangers that threaten our future. Most politicians and scientists choose a path of marginal change within a status quo geared towards economic growth and free-market exchange. Respectively approaching the matter from an economic and ecological perspective, however, Engelen and Thieme reach the same drastic conclusions: radical change is needed to save future generations from disaster.

“This manifesto is without doubt the most radical pamphlet having emerged from Dutch politics in recent years” – De Volkskrant

The lecture kicks off an invitation-only workshop organised by the Financial Geography (FINGEO) team at Cosmopolis: Centre for Urban Research. The lecture is followed by an informal network moment. Participation is free, but registration is required via

More information on financial geography projects are available via ServiceBrussels and FinanceEurope. For other questions, please contact Prof. Dr. David Bassens ( and/or Dr. Reijer Hendrikse ( ).