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Visitor Voices: Conflict and Humanity 3
Visitor Voices: Conflict and Humanity 3

Visitor Voices: Conflict and Humanity 3

Are states that pursue 'hard' power more successful than statues that pursue 'soft' power? A series of casual Socratic discussions explores power and humanity in the ancient and modern worlds.

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20 Apr 2024, 12:40 pm – 1:55 pm

Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Conflict and Humanity 3: Are states that pursue ‘hard power’ more successful than states that pursue ‘soft power’? What kind of power would a stateless world pursue?

The third and final symposium in the 'Conflict and Humanity' series. 'Hard power' used by states entails physical expressions of power to influence its own or other people, through military action and violence. 'Soft power' involves using methods that spread a state’s influence, such as through media control or cultural influence. It is the difference between coercion and persuasion. From the merciless military incursion of Athens into Melos (416 BCE) and the United States into Iraq (2003–2011) to the propaganda models of Hellenistic rulers and Nazi Germany, this symposium will explore the evolving nature and uses of 'hard' and 'soft' power across the millennia, and even into the future, as we enter the possibility of an increasingly stateless world.


About Visitor Voices

The ancient Greeks were known for their love of getting together in a relaxed environment, breaking bread and arguing about philosophy, politics and the meaning of life. Inspired by these ancient symposia, Visitor Voices invites you to explore some of life's age-old questions from a modern perspective, in a casual group environment.

On the third Saturday of every month, Museum staff will guide participants through a Socratic-style discussion among a small group, unleashing your inner philosopher and creating a dialogue between institution and visitor. In 2024 we will explore four major themes – Conflict and Humanity, Law and Freedom, Childhood and Getting Social – with each theme explored over 2–3 sessions, and every session centred around a different question. There's no prior knowledge required, just a sense of curiosity!

Tickets include Museum general admission before or after the session. Please note, due to the discussion of mature themes, this program is recommended for ages 15 and older.

Next session: Sat 11 May – Law and Freedom 1

To explore other themes and available sessions, see the Visitor Voices hub.


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