We Are All Fanatics!

A project on the phenomenon of group fanaticism: a european learning partnership, an exhibition, a magazine, lectures, concert, theatre and debate.

You Are All Individuals!

YOU ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS! tot 10 juni 2011 bij CASTRUM PEREGRINI Woensdag t/m zaterdag, 14-18 uur -scroll down for english- De tentoonstelling You are all Individuals! handelt over de spanningsvolle relatie tussen het individu en de groep. Erbij horen of niet is in alle levensstadia van elk individu een essentieel gegeven. Identiteit, geborgenheid, persoonlijke dilemma’s, […]


De grootste fanaticus uit de toneelgeschiedenis Vrijdag 10 juni, 20uur – premiere   Renee van Marissing schreef een korte monoloog, waarin je wordt meegezogen in de trechter van de steeds fanatiekere gedachten die deze eeuwenoude toneelfiguur vormt. Antigone is gevangen gezet omdat ze tegen de voorschriften van het regime in haar broer heeft begraven. Ze […]

Fanaticism Awareness Test

FAT Fanaticism Awareness Test The FAT is an online test which gives users an indication of their level of vulnerability to group fanaticism and provides them with additional information on the topic. The test and all refernce material in it was developed in a European Partnership initiated and co-ordinated by Castrum Peregrini. The FAT is […]


Fanatismo magazine is part of the manifestation We Are All Fanatics! Official launch at the exhibition You Are All Individuals! Friday 6 May 2011, 16 hrs, at Castrum Peregrini, Herengracht 401, 1017 BP Amsterdam Pick up your free copy at Castrum Peregrini or read the pdf in a new window.  

Workshops fanatic

Saturday 7 May 2011 Educational workshops and concert Goethe Institut Amsterdam Herengracht 470   11.00 h         introduction, presentation Fanatismo and online FAT 11.30 h         Wolf Dieter Otto: Fanaticism in a constitution 12.30 h         Lunch 13.30 h         Workshop Forum Theatre by Pele Association, Porto 15.30 h         Coffee 16.00 h         ‘Kasperl fanatisch’ by the Volkshochschule Hietzing, Vienna 17.00 […]

Opening: We are all fanatics!

We are all fanatics! Friday 6 May, 20hrs De Verdieping, Amsterdam This evening in co-operation with De Verdieping was part of the manifestation We are all fanatics! The international renown historian and novelist Philipp Blom revealed in a breathtaking contribution why we are all vulnerable to fanaticism. A panel reacted on his statements. With Ram […]

Programme: We are all fanatics!

If you think this statement does not apply to you, we strongly advise you to reconsider because: we ARE all fanatics! Everyone, no matter of his/her education, social background, gender, race or age, is vulnerable for group fanaticism. It belongs to the human kind like sex and the longing for security. During the manifestation you […]


Please scroll down for the english version Op 6 en 7 mei wordt in Amsterdam tijdens de culturele manifestatie {Fanatisme} de aandacht gevestigd op de gevaren van groepsfanatisme Iedereen, ongeacht sociale achtergrond, opleidingsniveau, geslacht of leeftijd, is gevoelig voor groepsfanatisme. Het zit in de natuur van de mens en hoort tot één van de oerdriften […]


In a European Community funded project cultural organizations with an educational mission (such as Castrum Peregrini, the Goethe Institute and the Volkshochschule in Vienna) from 5 European countries have worked together on the theme of fanaticism. At the final partners meeting in Amsterdam on 6 may 2011 all European partners will launch and discuss the […]

Towards Porto: Outlines of the FIT

Preparing next project meeting Porto, 29 April – 1 May 2010   The FIT peperation group (Fleur Ravensbergen, Frans Damman, Michael Defuster and Lars Ebert; structure and guidance by Dirk Jansen) has discussed and developed the outlines of the Fanaticism Indication Test (FIT) according to our discussions at the last project meeting in Vienna, in […]

Fanaticism indicator

Proposal on a fanaticism indicator and test   Introduction At our September meeting we earmarked two issues to be worked out for further consideration and final decision: a definition of fanaticism a fanaticism test Proposals on both items has been worked out below. Definition In our discussions we found (at least) two different meanings of […]

A case study from Lodz

The anti-Semitic graffiti in Lodz has already been written about.  It’s still on walls in the rougher parts of town, though there is less of it than there used to be.  I’m not even sure whether to call this graffiti outright anti-Semitism – it is more a way of denigrating your rival, the main rivals […]

FIT first meeting of project partners

Getting to know each other – planning the future   Questions: What are our individual organisation about? What is each organizations particular interest in the subject? What do we want to get out of the project? How doe we contribute to that purpose?   Statements made during discussions; questions raised by Ram Mannikalligam: 1) Fanaticism […]

Fanaticism as de-humanization

Bert van den Brink, Utrecht University, spoke under above title during Castrum Peregrini Central European Time kick-off workshop of FIT – ‘Fanaticism Indicator Test’ Do not quote or reproduce without written consent of the author: bert.vandenbrink[at]phil.uu.nl I was asked to give a philosophical reflection on fanaticism. Fanaticism has never been a topic in my research […]

Quotes on Fanaticism – D/EN

fr: fanatique oder lat. fanaticus = göttlich inspiriert. Bedeutungsebenen: I.             im engeren Sinn das Besessensein von einer Idee, Vorstellung oder Überzeugung („ein fanatischer Anhänger einer Ideologie oder einer Gruppierung“, meist also religiös und politisch motiviert.) II.            im weiteren Sinn eine besonders hohe emotionale Wertschätzung bestimmter Tätigkeiten, Interessengebiete (fanatischer „Motorrad-Freak“ oder „Fußball-Fan“) oder Objekte wie z. B. […]

Roundtable on Fanaticism

Europe has a long history of religious, political, racist and economical fanaticism that has had disastrous effects on the development of the continent. Today, fanatism is present in the tendencies towards nationalism and populism, religious movements, the call for strong leaders, exclusion of outsiders and minorities, intolerance towards different opinions and ways of life etc. […]

FIT – Reading list

This Reading List is to grow during the project. This is just a first point of departure. All hints for additional titels are welcome. Please use the comment box below.   Arendt, Hannah, The Origins of Totalitarianism. New York, 1951. Third edition with new prefaces, 1973. Canetti, Elias, Die Fackel im Ohr, Lebensgeschichte 1921-1931, 1980; […]

FIT – working conference

FIT – Fanaticism Indicator Test Project launch – first partners meeting – working conference Castrum Peregrini and Goethe Institut in association with the Dialogue Advisory Group Amsterdam 25 and 26 September 2009 Working language: English As a practical conclusion drawn from the project application we suggest to work in three strands: 1)         on the general […]

Fanaticism, inextricably connected to human life

Summary of the article “Fanatisme, van alle tijden, in alle mensen” by Dirk Jansen Introduction In finding my way through stories, studies and literature on the theme of fanaticism it struck me that most of the authors locate fanatic characteristics in distant, impersonal entities (Taliban, Nazis, inquisition etc.). Not much attention is paid to the […]

FIT – Fanaticism Indicator Test

FIT – Fanaticism Indicator Test Our application for a two year project on the theme of fanaticism was granted by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Comission. We are happy to work for two years with the following group of partners: Volkshochschule Hietzing, Vienna, Austria The Red House for Culture, Bulgaria, Sofia Goethe Institut, […]

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