the political & philosophical arts initiative

Launched as a complement to the more conventional Political Sciences and Philosophy, the Political & Philosophical Arts Initiative (PAI) is interested in the ways in which people interact with and compose political ideas and actions through the various, diverse media of technology and the arts.
Participants in PAI seek to explore the ways in which poetry, literature, music, photography, performance and other creative arts interleave with the political and philosophical life, either as vehicles for criticism, elaboration, theorization, intervention or activism.

PAI pursues its agenda through public and academic manifestations:
+ It sponsors the publication of the street photo-graphics magazine, +HIP, which is supported by a consortium of educational and creative centers based in The Hague;
+ It organizes public readings and events in The Hague, Leiden and elsewhere, to bring issues in the political arts to the wider attention of the cosmopolitan community of the UN city of Peace & Justice;
+ It brings together those interested in the political and philosophical arts to read, interpret and produce texts, in myriad forms;
+ 2011-2016, PA existed as part of the educational mission of the innovative Liberal Arts & Sciences programme at Leiden University College The Hague, where students were able to develop a major or minor in the Political Arts;
+ It is developing a graduate programme at Leiden University.

the origin of PAI

The Political & Philosophical Arts Initiative grew out of Chris Goto-Jones's 'VICI' research project funded by the NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research), 'Beyond Utopia.' The project focuses on exploring visual and interactive media in contemporary Japan and investigating their intersections with political philosophy. It is tightly linked with Asiascape, a research coalition on East Asian cyberculture and animanga.
In its early phase, PAI gratefully acknowledges the support of LUC The Hague, where there was an exciting opportunity to institutionalize its innovative research trajectory.

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