Exhibition of photographs and debate on "East- West: The Spiritual Roots of Europe", within the framework of the World Philosophy Day 2010

©Frédéric Möri
Poster for the exhibition and debate « East-West : Spiritual Roots of Europe »

The exhibition “East-West: Spiritual Roots of Europe” aims at mitigating the existing ignorance of the impact of both Jewish and Muslim cultures on the development of Europe and reflecting on the issue of our common roots.
The cultural and religious horizons of Europe were never limited to Christian traditions. Although it is commonly admitted that Greek and Latin traditions have had an essential impact on the development of European identity, it isn’t always the case concerning the influence of Jewish and Muslim cultures, which are also factually European.
The aim of this exhibition is to mitigate the ignorance of this aspect of the continent and to transform the traditional East-West polarization into a positive factor of development.
This unedited exhibition of black and white photographs will allow the public to admire the treasures of the Martin Bodmer collection (one of the most important private collections in the world of papyri, manuscripts and books situated in Cologny, Geneva), witnesses the influence and mutual enrichment between these different currents of thought, as well as the important spiritual and historical sites and places that were the space of great intellectual and religious movements shaping our common history.

This exhibition will be presented on the 19th of November at 5 pm in the Miró Hall. It will be developed during a conference-debate between 6 renowned francophone specialists who will discuss the question of our common roots and the importance of the other in the spiritual and intellectual horizon of each individual (Friday 19 November, 5.30 pm, Room IV)


Type of Event Special Event
Start 15.11.2010 08:00 local time
End 25.11.2010 12:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Stenou, Katerina
Organizer Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue
Contact Katérina Stenou, K.Stenou@unesco.org
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room IV, Room Miro 1, Room Miro 2, Room Miro 3, Room Miro 4
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website Celebration of World Philosophy Day 2010
Link 1 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
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