Book presentation PASSIVITY, Between Indifference and Pacifism, 25 May 2023

Passivity presents short, stimulating texts and a dialogue between Ukrainian art curator Alexandra Tryanova and Belgian sociologist Pascal Gielen about the war in Ukraine and the challenge it poses to the idea of pacifism. They explore Europe’s attitude towards the war and whether it is driven by economic motives or a genuine desire for peace. The authors examine their own fears and privileges and consider the role of media and culture in shaping attitudes towards war. They search no definite answers but encourage readers to reflect on their own passivity and mixed feelings about conflict.

The book is available in Dutch and English on