pai manifestations

PAI pursues its agenda through (public) events and academic enquiry:
+ It sponsors the publication of the street photo-graphics magazine, +HIP, which is supported by a consortium of educational and creative centers based in The Hague;
+ It organizes public readings and events in The Hague, Leiden and elsewhere, to bring issues in the political arts to the wider attention of the cosmopolitan community of the UN city of Peace & Justice;
+ It brings together those interested in the political and philosophical arts to read, interpret and produce texts, in myriad forms;
+ 2011-2016, PA existed as part of the educational mission of the innovative Liberal Arts & Sciences programme at Leiden University College The Hague, where students were able to develop a major or minor in the Political Arts;
+ It is developing a graduate programme at Leiden University.
For information about what PAI manifestations are happening when and where, please visit the PAI calendar.

public manifestations


+HIP is an online magazine for street photo-graphics (photography, art, graphics). It focusses on life in the city of The Hague -- the UN city of International Peace & Justice.

reading group

The PAI reading group brings together like-minds and diverse-bodies of The Hague for a monthly discussion of texts, widely construed, which fuel Political & Philosophical Arts.

graphic column

The Political & Philosophical Arts Initiative invites aspiring artists to shares her/his artistic view on politics and philosophy with PAI through graphics: photographs, drawings, collages, etc.

video vault

All audio-visual materials produced by PAI and PAI aficionados are kept safe on this dedicated multi media page.


PAI seeks to support and showcase artistic intersections with the political. It promotes readings by novelists and poets, performances by singers, dancers and dramatists, installations and other artistic productions.


The Imag-e-nation blog is a forum for parties interested in political and philosophical arts to share stories, images or other contributions.

academic manifestations


PA summer schools explore the ways in which people interact with and compose political and philosophical ideas and actions through the media of technology and artistic practice.

honours class

The honours classes explore the less studied dimensions of politics and recognise those practices and concepts that make us political animals--games, sports, speed, virtuosity, pleasure, leisure, theatricality, and spontaneity!

BA major & minor

Together with leading cultural institutions, LUC offered a revolutionary curriculum in the Political Arts for BA students matriculating 2011-2013/14.

PhD school

Information on the PhD School for Political & Philosophical Arts will become available later this year.

PAI acknowledges the following individuals and associations whose images are reproduced on this page (left to right, top to bottom): Jori Wefer, unknown artist, Roxane van Beek, Toko Mzarelua and Robert van Haaften, Banksy, Rula Halawani, Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images, Nederlands Dans Theater, unknown artist, Shirin Neshat.

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