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D-76137 Karlsruhe

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International Forum at the ZAK


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The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has always placed particular importance on internationalisation. The KIT’s more than 5,000 foreign students and its roughly 1,000 foreign guest scientists are a testament not only to Karlsruhe’s international appeal as a key location for scientific research, but also to the city’s and the region’s openness to a modern and intercultural way of life.

The ZAK has established its International Forum to create a new platform for presentations mirroring cultural diversity, and for a debate between KIT and the public. The first official event organised within the framework of the International Forum was the exhibition “Mit den Augen des Anderen” (“Through the Other’s Eyes”) of the Givat Haviva Foundation (Tel Aviv, Israel) in 2004.

The International Forum is an ongoing format that includes lectures, workshops, exhibitions, readings, and film nights, organised in cooperation with KIT, diverse Karlsruhe cultural institutions as well as national and international cultural institutions. The general public, and in particular visiting lecturers and foreign students, are always welcome to actively take part in the forum.




Reflections on Contemporary South Africa. Relevance and Reflections 27 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Dramatist Mike van Graan will give a talk on social developments in his home country and the South African perspective on Germany on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 at 6 pm.

Mike van Graan is a prominent South African dramatist, theatre director, cultural consultant and activist. He became a government advisor after South Africa held its first democratic elections in 1994. He played a key role in shaping the post-apartheid cultural landscape. In 2011, he was appointed by UNESCO as a Technical Adviser to assist governments in the global south to develop cultural policies aligned to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Mike van Graan is a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in 2016.

The International Forum “Reflections on Contemporary South Africa. Relevance and Reflections 27 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall” takes place in Adolf-Würth-Building (Präsidiumsgebäude, 11.30) Engelbert-Arnold-Str. 2, KIT.

The lecture is in English. We would like to extend a warm invitation to the event!