An abstract plane for gatherings

6 February 2009, 19:00 / Casco HQ

Processes of participation consist of a series of meetings or gatherings. How can the history of gatherings be written, and what are the specific modes of contemporary meeting practice? How do such meetings influence the present-day state of governance, and what kinds of gatherings can produce a setting for collective reinvention, particularly in times of “crisis?”

Anne Querrien, Paris-based urban sociologist, and Wilbert van Vree, Amsterdam-based author of the book Meetings, Manners and Civilization share their insights on these questions at Casco on Friday 6 February at 19:00 hrs. An abstract plane for gatherings is also the launch of the publication General States: A Practical Guide, which is the fourth part of the project Generale Staten (General States) by Mieke Van de Voort. In this project, gatherings of about 25 participants were crucial for evolving the story of an isolated town under the deadly epidemic in the form of a collective performance or game. With the lectures and this publication, a guide for replaying the game, General States anticipates the further spread and mutation of its stories.

If you are interested in the General States: A Practical Guide publication, do feel free to send an email to to check availability.


Lezingen van sociologen Anne Querrien en Wilbert van Vree en de lancering van de publicatie General States: A Practical Guide.

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