Q&A Sessions

FRI | 7.12., 14 – 19.30 h | DIALOGUES

Instead of individual lectures, the discussion on guilt and debts takes the form of a dialogue which embarks upon a journey through various disciplines. In a kind of relay, a participant will switch after 20 minutes from being an interviewee to interviewer of a new participant. Thus a cultural theorist encounters a philosopher, the philosopher a neurologist, the neurologist an economist … Following this series of interviews, all the participants will be available to field questions from the audience.


14 – 14.20 h: Thomas Macho (Professor for Cultural History at the Institute for Cultural History and Theory) interviews Ulrike Harms (neurologist, neuroscientist and lecturer at the Charité, Berlin)

14.20 – 14.40 h: Ulrike Harms interviews Jochen Hörisch (literary and media theorist, Professor for Contemporary German Literature and Qualitative Media Analysis at the University of Mannheim; initiator of the debt repayment initiative “Hurrawirtilgen!”)

14.40 – 15 h: Jochen Hörisch interviews Leopold Seiler (asset manager, Vienna, specializing in the phenomena of social entropy, seeks to counteract through micro-activities)

15 – 15.20 h: Leopold Seiler interviews Ulrike Vedder (Professor for Contemporary German Literature at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin; specialist fields: poetics of knowledge and gender research, cultural transformation of things, the afterlife and museum – media in/and literature)

15.20 – 15.40 h: Ulrike Vedder interviews Birger P. Priddat (philosopher and economist; Professor for Political Economy at the Economics Department of Witten/Herdecke University; specialist fields: theory of political economy, future of labor and the history of economic thought)

15.40 – 16 h: Birger P. Priddat interviews Christina von Braun (gender theorist, author, filmmaker; Professor for Cultural Theory at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin)

16 – 16.20 h: Christina von Braun interviews Eric Brian (sociologist and science historian; Professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris; specialist fields: uncertainty and the regularity of social phenomena and their scientific objectification)

16.20 – 16.40 h: Eric Brian interviews Tomáš Sedláček (Chief Macroeconomic Strategist and member of the National Economic Council in Prague)

16.40 – 17 h: Tomáš Sedláček interviews Elisabeth Weber (Professor for German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara)

17 – 17.20 h: Elisabeth Weber interviews Wolfgang Pircher (philosopher, Assistant Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Philosophy at the University of Vienna, 2011 Senior Fellow at the International College for Cultural Research and Media Philosophy at the Bauhaus-University Weimar)

17.20 – 17.40 h: Wolfgang Pircher interviews Maria-Sibylla Lotter (Private Lecturer for Practical Philosophy at the University of Zurich, currently representing the professorship for History of Philosophy and Practical Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart)

17.40 – 18 h: Maria-Sibylla Lotter interviews Michael Hutter (economist and sociologist; Professor for Culture, Knowledge and Innovation at the Institute for Sociology at the Technical University, Berlin, Director of the Research Unit “Cultural Sources of Innovation” at the WZB – Social Science Research Center Berlin)

18 – 18.20 h: Michael Hutter interviews Michael C. Burda (economist, Professor at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin and Visiting Professor at the European School of Management and Technology; specialist fields: macroeconomics, labor market economics and European integration)

Afterwards: Questions from the audience