Uncertain States – Artistic Strategies in States of Emergency

DISCOURSES (DISKURSE) – Lectures and Discussions on the Future of Europe

In cooperation with the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung and Polis180

"Order is hegemonic in nature, meaning that it is an expression of power relationships. In the political arena, this means that we politics, this means we must end the search an all-inclusive consensus and abandon all hope of an entirely reconciled and harmonious society." (Chantal Mouffle, 2013)

Diffuse fears of strangers as well as xenophobia, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism are among the challenges facing Europe. What is causing this new fundamentalism? How can increasing rightwing populism and racism in Europe be curtailed and overcome? What possibilities exist for living together peacefully? How can immigration policy be improved? How do we want to live together in the future? And what role does art have to play in coping with the crisis?

DISCOURSES, a lecture series hosted by the Akademie der Künste and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) is dedicated to these and other current questions. In 12 lectures, writers, commentators and prominent representatives of migration studies, political science, sociology, philosophy, and art scholarship will pose questions about Europe’s past and future, and try to develop new points of view – with Michael Lüders, Rita Süssmuth, Claus Leggewie, Armin Nassehi, Grada Kilomba and Chantal Mouffe, et al. Each lecture will be accompanied and commented on by the young team from Polis180, the grassroots think tank for foreign and European policy. The emerging international scholars will challenge the established experts with critical questions in order to stimulate a dynamic exchange of perspectives. The DISCOURSES series will be available online.

"In the world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." (Frantz Fanon, 1952)


Sunday, 16 Oct, noon
"Migration und Flucht: Die Vergangenheit der Gegenwart"
Lecture: Jochen Oltmer. In German language.

Sunday, 23 Oct, noon
"Forced Displacement as a Challenge for Global Responsibility-Sharing"
Lecture: Katharina Lumpp, UNHCR. In English language.

Sunday, 30 Oct, noon
Lecture: Michael Lüders. In German language.

Sunday, 20 Nov, 7 pm
"Die deutsche Zuwanderungspolitik: Hilfe oder Hemmnis?"

Lecture: Rita Süssmuth. In German language.

Saturday, 26 Nov, 7 pm
"Ist Europas Aufklärung am Ende?"
Lecture: Gesine Schwan. In German language.

Sunday, 11 Dec, 7 pm
"Yet Again! The Self-Barbarization of Europe"
Lecture: Nikita Dhawan. In English language.

Sunday, 18 Dec, noon
"Die Welt von gestern? Wie Europa sich gegen seine Feinde wappnen kann"
Lecture: Claus Leggewie. In German language.

Sunday, 8 Jan, noon
"Deutschland – Vaterland – Stiefvaterland"
Lecture: Natasha A. Kelly. In German language.

Thursday, Jan 12, 7 pm
"Palmyra als Extrem eines neuen Ikonoklasmus"
Lecture: Horst Bredekamp. In German language.

Friday, 13 Jan, 7 pm
"Desintegration als Ziel. Ein anderer Blick aufs Migrantische"
Lecture: Armin Nassehi. In German language.

Saturday, 14 Jan, 7 pm
"Luanda, Lisboa, São Paulo – A Post-Colonial Trajectory"
Lecture: Grada Kilomba. In English language.

Sunday, 15 Jan, noon
"Artistic Practices in Times of Post-Politics"
Lecture: Chantal Mouffe. In English language.