“The Crisis of Modernity” is already an old story. We had “the long 16th
century” during which man rediscovered man and the Renaissance brought on this “half millennium” during which an order of things formed out of the alternating pursuit of survival and prosperity. This vast civilization known as “modernity” is being shaken on a massive scale. We recognize now how the affluence of modernity and industrialization have left us with the global aporia of hunger, disease, the suppression of human rights, alienation, violence, the crisis of the ecosystem and climate change that demand a great transformation of the accepted ways of life and the concept of possession.
The discourse of modernity is customarily phrased in terms of difference and distinction, boundary and exclusion. A debate on the relative merits of the human and the natural, the orient and the occident, Christianity and Islam, capitalism and socialism, remains at the center of the efforts to resolve these problems. Yet a discourse of exclusion, a politics of difference alone cannot get at the root of this problem. The history of modernity that humanity has witnessed testifies to this fact.more
The time has come for us to seek out a new solution to the problem. We must move beyond an understanding of civilization based on confrontation and a blind faith in that civilization, and seek out a new path to lead us out of this crisis. The moment of opportunity, perhaps, has always involved politics. At moments when crisis has been transformed into opportunity, the power of the affirmative has played its role. Affirmative politics has made its presence felt. We can move beyond confrontation and exclusion towards the flowering of a new hope born of sympathy and agreement. We can see signs of the transformation of politics in many places around the global village. We see changes in leadership in rapid succession. Nevertheless, doubts remain as to whether these changes in leadership can create a “rift of creation” within the established order.
The time has come for us to speak of a new subject and a new path for our salvation. The Peace BAR Festival 2012 is held by Kyung Hee University in commemoration of the 31st International Day of Peace and offers a new perspective on the future of humanity, politics and civilization. We will open up a practical discourse on the potential for a future civilization through a comprehensive reflection on humanity and politics. It is a festival of open discourse and possibility where individuals and society, citizens and university, and international society come together to realize a global human society which is “spiritually Beautiful, materially Affluent, humanly Rewarding.”
Commemorative Dance Performance
The Station of Water
We who still in “the era of fire called modern times” are like runaway engines with blind faith in Prometheus-like civilization and rationality. We have believed we can overcome anything with the power of fire, and nature has become nothing more than a garden we look after. “The Station of Water” is based on a poem titled “If We Could Meet in Water” by Eun-kyo Kang, who took the images of water and fire to illustrate one’s desire for an ideal world beyond conflict and enmity. Just like the poem, the performance is a reflection of the true value we must seek today.
#1 At the Crossroad The global village on the basis of the original symbols of “water and fire” where all things, including myself and others, different ethnicities and nations, nature and civilization exist together
#2 The Train of Fire We who still in “the era of fire called modern times” are like runaway engines with blind faith for Prometheus-like civilization and rationality. We are like a gardener, who constantly marches around and around the forest of Nemi with his eyes wide open to guard his very own castle.
#3 The Station of Water
#4 The Break “Let us meet, after the fire passes by, in water that flows. When you come, come to the spacious, clean sky where footsteps disappeared, speaking in the sound that fire hisses.”
International Conference Special Lecture/Round Table
The paradigm of modern civilization is being shaken. From famine and disease to climate change, the ecological system is under threat and the prosperity of the global community as a whole is being questioned. However, existing ways of thinking and the frameworks of life seem unable to offer a solution to solve these deepening global aporias.
At a time when modernity has exhausted its role, what new intellectual discourse do we need to envision for the future of a better global communityand humanity? Who will create a new political narrative that goes through a fundamental paradigm shift to transcend the politics of difference and boundaries?
The Peace BAR Festival 2012 international conference will take place with a special lecture by Professor Immanuel Wallerstein, a
distinguished scholar who has been advocating his view on the modern world system and the path to an open future. In times of changing global leadership, this conference will serve as an opportunity to seek of new politics that will lead a great transformation in civilization in a creative and dynamic way.
International Conference Special Lecture
The Politics of a Civilizational Transformation
Our modern world-system has lasted some 500 years, and has been extremely successful in terms of its guiding principle of the endless accumulation of capital.
However, the ability to operate on this basis has now come to an end. Capitalismis no longer even formally rational.” - Immanuel Wallerstein
International Conference Round Table
Structures of Knowledge : Epistemological Reconvergence of Science and the Humanities?
The world capitalist system led by the West is facing a serious crisis. The modern knowledge system based on European universalism is unable to provide an effective diagnosis and solution. Has the world as we know and understand it come to an end? Where is the world today and where is it headed? What does the future hold for East Asia and Korea amidst the world’s changing hegemonic relations? We must now create a new paradigm of knowledge that can re-understand the world fundamentally and reconstruct civilization. For this new paradigm, we must explore the intellectuals’ role and the direction of higher education.
Global Service Corps Festival
Compassion and Resonance : A Journey into a
“Beautiful, Affluent, and Rewarding” Planet
Kyung Hee Global Service Corps(GSC) is paving the way to a new stage of intellectual global responsibility. Since its founding, Kyung Hee University has engaged in public service and is now seeking its sublimation by uniting the university’s enduring properties: education, research, and global praxis. Aiming to further promote BAR(spiritually Beautiful, materially Affluent, and humanly Rewarding) societies, the Peace BAR Festival 2012 will provide a venue for “compassion and resonance.” Via this festivity, we do hope that the members of the Kyung Hee community as well as global civil society will conjoin in a new movement yearning for a better future
for all on our planet.
Global Service Corps Festival Special Lecture
The Building Blocks of a Systemic Change
As a youth in India, Ruchi Jain began to see the effects of global climate change. She started to take action when she heard about farmers story in the Himalayas who worry about their future due to warmer temperatures and decreased rainfall. At 23, she quit her job as a marketer in Mumbai to become a social activist against climate change. In 2009 at Copenhagen, she worked to organize other youth activists to deliver a clear message to delegates at the conference: “the entire world is affected by our actions, and you must come to an agreement.” Now, she work as an advisor to the Indian Youth Climate Network and also as a coordinator in the Ministry of the New & Renewable Energy of the Indian Government.
Concert Dedicated to the UN International Day of Peace
It is a festival of harmony performed in collaboration with the faculty and students from the College of Art & Design at Kyung Hee University in commemoration of the 31st UN International Day of Peace. This music festival is dedicated to the anniversary of the UN International Day of Peace.
UNAI ASPIRE Kyung Hee Forum
Conflict Prevention in Northeast Asia: The Roles of the UN and the Youth
UNAI ASPIRE Kyung Hee Forum will be held as part of the Peace BAR Festival 2012 which celebrates the 31st UN International Day of Peace. Students from UNAI ASPIRE, a worldwide voluntary network of university students who seek to bring about changes through education, research and social service, will take part in the forum. Linked to the Model UN Conference and Youth Forum organized by the UN Association of Korea, China, and Japan, this forum will discuss what the UN and university students can do in order to prevent deep-rooted conflicts in Northeast Asia and to build peace. Presentations and discussions by a panel of students will follow presentations made by key policymakers and scholars from the three countries.