Symposium: Who Speaks? - postponed to early Fall 2020

UPDATE MARCH 11, 2020:

As an educational institution with a strong international population, we are aware that the current Corona epidemic is also our concern. We strive to act responsibly and that is why we unfortunately had to decide to postpone the “Who Speaks” Symposium to the early Fall of 2020.

At the same time this gives us the opportunity to combine the Symposium with our exhibition by our Non Linear Narrative Master students, which elaborates on the themes of the Symposium.

Once we have set a new date, we will update you via our website and socials: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Language, and Democracy

A thriving democracy is based on informed debate and involves a wide range of language-based interactions. In fact, the term parliament itself comes from the French word parler (to talk / speak). Deliberation and debate in both public and private spaces are at the core of both democratic processes and personal liberties. Voting is based on language, whether on the physical ballot, during the election campaign or simply by formulating voting and election laws. Language permits ideas to circulate freely, and is part of the very DNA of political processes.

Who Speaks? is an initiative by Niels Schrader, information designer and co-head Graphic Design and Non Linear Narrative at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Dr. Ramon Amaro, lecturer and researcher in the field of machine learning at Goldsmiths (University of London), and Dr. Sheena Calvert, lecturer in the areas of philosophy of language, politics and ethics in creative practice at Camberwell College of Arts (CCW / University of the Arts London). In 2019 they began collaborating together under the name ICCR – International Consortium for Computational Research.
Who Speaks? is the first in a series of events and activities under development by the ICCR.



Wed 18 March 2020 09.00 - 18:30


Auditorium of the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Prinsessegracht 4, The Hague