16th Karlsruhe Dialogues: Program


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Friday, 10th February 2012

Opening reception of the 16th Karlsruhe Dialogues

SpardaEvent-Center, Baumeisterstraße 21


7:30 p.m.



Welcome addresses
Senator E. h. Thomas Renner
Chairman of the Board of Sparda-Bank Baden-Württemberg eG,
Chairman of the Foundation Board of the Stiftung Kunst und Kultur of the Sparda-Bank Baden-Württemberg

Wolfram Jäger
Deputy Mayor for Cultural Affairs, Karlsruhe
Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler
President of KIT

Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha
Director of the Centre for Cultural and General Studies

Opening keynote lectures
Do We Need a New Economic Order?

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz (Germany)

President of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim.

Prof. Dr. Margrit Kennedy (Germany)
Monetary expert and founder od MonNetA

Musical programme

Fritz Feger

Fritz Feger plays electro-acoustical chamber music that can take the form of an associative tone collage, a rhythmic meditation, or a song. His instruments include a cello, his voice, chance objects that happen to be present, and background noises - this audio material is recorded live and then electronically manipulated. Stylistically, he is influenced primarily by world music, minimalist music and Electronica/D&B; however, it would probably be easier to list the types of music that don't influence his work. The rich imagery of his music may derive from his many years of work as a composer for the theatre: with houses such as Hamburg's Thalia Theater, Vienna's Burgtheater and the playhouses of Hamburg, Bochum and Stuttgart, among others.



No entrance fee.


Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Symposium of the 16th Karlsruhe Dialogues
Saal Baden at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Karlsruhe, Lammstraße 13-17

9.30 a.m.




Gerd Stracke
Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Karlsruhe

Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha
Director of the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies




Opening keynote adresses

Liquid Times: Living in an Age of Uncertainty
Prof. Zygmunt Bauman (Poland/UK)
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Leeds

The New Obscurity – Which Normative Order Does the State Need?

Prof. Dr. Kenichi Mishima (Japan)
Social Philosopher, Keizai University, Tokyo

11.00 a.m.


Risk as a Condition of our Societies

Prof. Dr. Britt-Marie Drottz-Sjöberg (Norway)
Professor of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

The Risk Perception Gap. Why We Get Risk 'Wrong' and What We Can Do About It

David Ropeik (USA)
Consultant, Author and Teacher, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge

1 p.m.

Lunch break

2 p.m.

Democracy Challenged and the Challenge of Democracy

Prof. Dr. Surendra Munshi (Indien)
Professor of Sociology, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta IIMC, Fellow der Bertelsmann Stiftung

After Arabellion: Is a new order of freedom possible for the Middle East?

Shimon Stein (Israel)
Israeli diplomat and former ambassador for Israel in Germany, Senior Reseacher at Tel Aviv University


Fehim Tastekin (Türkei)
Journalist at the 'Radikal' newspaper, Istanbul

26 Years after Chernobyl: Has Russia Learnt From the Catastrophe?

Dr. Ivan Blokov (Russia)
Campaign Director Greenpeace Russia

New Atomic World Order – Worst Case Scenario or Challenge?

Dr. Olli Heinonen (Finland)
Former Deputy Director General of IAEA

Less is More: On Growth and its Limits

Ilija Trojanow (Bulgaria/Germany)
Writer, Translator, Publisher


No entrance fee.

The bookseller 'Stephanus-Buchhandlung' will be offering a special selection of books at their table.


Saturday, February 11th, 2012

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Lorenzstraße 19, ZKM_Medientheater

8.00 p.m.

ARTE Film nightt


Presentation of documentaries and short films
In cooperation with ARTE and ZKM | Karlsruhe


The ARTE film night sheds light on a cross-section of current manifestations of the 'new obscurity', which shapes our lives in diverse ways. The evening will begin with the recent documentary film "The domino effect – will the euro fail?", which investigates the political significance of the euro for the European Union. The film depicts the events of the previous months, during which the EU was forced to recognise that the financial crisis had developed into a crisis of legitimation on an unprecedented scale. "For a different world" takes a look at the recent, worldwide civil unrest and its young activists, who are attempting to attract attention to their dissatisfaction with globalisation and related issues. The documentary "Freedom or security – the War on Terror and its consequences" explores the development and legitimacy of numerous anti-terror laws passed in the wake of September 11; the film seeks to discover the extent to which these laws represent an attack on citizens' basic civil rights and, thus, a threat to democracy.
The French short film The Year 2008 illustrates the difficulties involved in discovering the source of global crises and illustrates the complexity of the globalised system. The evening closes with the political activists Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, who use Spaßguerilla [fun guerrilla] tactics to combat cronyism, lobbyism and corruption: their film uses provocative parodies to expose the negative consequences of globalisation and the free market.
8.00 p.m. Der Domino-Effekt – Kippt der Euro?
Documentary film by Stephan Lamby and Michael Wech
ARTE/ZDF 2011, 90 min
9.40 p.m. Für eine andere Welt
Documentary film by Samuel Luret,
ARTE France 2010, 52 min
10.40 p.m. Freiheit oder Sicherheit – Der Antiterrorkampf und seine Folgen
Documentary film by Nils Bökamp and Marita Neher
ARTE/ZDF 2011, 75 min

The Year 2008
Short film by Martin Le Chevallier
ARTE France 2010, 18 min
00.15 a.m. Midnight snack
Die Yes Men regeln die Welt
Mockumentary by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno
ARTE France 2009, 84 min
No entrance fee.


Sunday, 12 Febraury, 2012

Matinee and Podium Discussion
SpardaEvent-Center, Baumeisterstraße 21

 Podium discussion, 11.00 a.m.

11.00 a.m.

Rebellion and Outrage in Europe – (not?) a Generational Question?

Moderation René Aguigah Deutschlandradio Kultur

Prof. Dr. Kenichi Mishima (Japan)
Professor for Social Philosophy, Keizai University, Tokio

Wolfgang Gründinger (Germany)
Spokesman of the "Stiftung für die Rechte zukünftiger Generationen" [Foundation for the rights of future generations], member of Thinktank30

Ophélie Latil (France)
Voice of the French youth, founder of the „Génération Précaire“


Valentine Umansky (France)
Communications officer of „Génération Précaire“

Nuran David Calis (Germany)
Theatre, film and book author

Dr. Álvaro Rodriguez (Spain)
Member of the Spanish protest movement „¡Democracia Real YA!“



Book reading
MITTLERES FOYER, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Baumeisterstraße 11

2.15 p.m. 

Ilija Trojanow: EisTau

With enormous writing skill Ilija Trojanow narrates the story of a man who loves the glaciers so much that he despairs of their dying. The author of The Collector of Worlds leads us to the consequences of the most serious global change of aur present times: In his book-reading, a 'narrative' with musical accompainment, he deals with the effects of climate change and radicalises the idea of responsibility for each individual.

No entrance fee.

Please register.

STUDIO, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Baumeisterstraße 11

8.00 p.m.


by Tim Etchells. German translation by Thomas Oberender
World premiere at the ICA London (Forced Entertainment)
German premiere at the Staatstheater Stuttgart.
With members of the theatre company
Direction: Jan Linders and Michael Nijs

A theatre text made up of countless questions, whose unscripted answers arise only in the course of the performance's gradual production.
"It is founded on an arrangement that could not be simpler. Two performers find themselves in a duel: one has an almost endless list of questions, and the other answers them. By uttering a specific phrase, either performer can cause their roles to be exchanged. The questions derive from contexts oscillating between intimacy and objectivity. There are questions of trivia and questions of conscience; they variously resemble those of quiz shows, police interrogations or confidential conversations between friends. In this situation, both figures will be staging themselves, and attempting to use the game to protect themselves – so long as they are able."(Thomas Oberender)
Etchells is the writer and director for Forced Entertainment, "Britain's most brilliant experimental theatre company"(The Guardian).

The performance is in German.
Admission: € 5,-