17th Karlsruhe Dialogues: Program

17th Karlsruher Dialogues - The ‘In-Between Society’: Tradition and Modernism in Conflict


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Friday 22 February 2013

Opening Event of the 17th Karlsruhe Dialogues

SpardaEvent-Center, Baumeisterstraße 21


7.30 P.M.



Welcome Adresses
Hon. Senator Dr. h.c. Thomas Renner
Chairman of the Board of Sparda-Bank Baden-Württemberg eG

Wolfram Jäger
Deputy Mayor for Cultural Affairs of the City of Karlsruhe

Dr. Elke Luise Barnstedt
Vice President of KIT

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


Opening Keynote Lecutres

Women between Tradition and Modernism

Quelle: Bettina Flitner

Alice Schwarzer (Germany)
Journalist, author and active feminist, publisher of EMMA magazine

Quelle: Stephan Röhl

Shinkai Karokhail (Afghanistan) 
Parliamentarian in the National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and founding member of the Afghan Women’s Educational Center


Musical Programme

David Bermudez: Modern Piano Flamenco

David Bermudez, born in Barcelona, comes from a family of flamenco artists. Therefore, he made his first steps in flamenco art at an early age. He started to accompany different guitarists and flamenco dance troupes as a percussionist until he discovered his true calling as a pianist. Various artists of the genre of Catalan rumba and flamenco pop taught him the art of playing the flamenco piano. Since then, he has been sharing the stage with great artists from different countries, has been working for the Argentine production company RGB (2011) as a musical director, and has been involved in the production of many music albums for various artists. Currently, he is working with several dance groups, among them the Compañia Maria Serrano. He uses his experience in Latin American music to work at the side of the renowned singer Luis Frank of the group Buena Vista Social Club.



No Entrance Fee
The ‘Stephanus-Buchhandlung’ will be offering a selection of books for sale.


Saturday 23 February 2013

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

9.30 A.M.




Welcome Adresses

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, KIT



Opening Keynote Adress

Glocality: Beyond the Modernity and Tradition Binary
Prof. Dr. Roland Robertson (Great Britain)
Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, and Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Global Society, University of Aberdeen

Civil Society under Strain – Transformation Processes in the Global Age
Prof. Dr. Jude Howell (Great Britain)
Professor at the Department of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science


Jewish Memory and the Cosmopolitan Order
Prof. Dr. Natan Sznaider (Israel)
Professor of Sociology at the Academic College, Tel Aviv



The New Evangelicals
Prof. Dr. Marcia Pally (USA)
Professor of Multilingual Multicultural Studies, New York University


12.30 P.M.

Lunch Break

1.15 P.M.



Africa’s Trouble with ‘Modernism’
Prof. Dr. Elísio Macamo (Mozambique/Switzerland)
Professor at the Centre for African Studies, University of Basel

China’s Path between Individuality and Modernity
Prof. Dr. Mette Halskov Hansen (Norway)
Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo


von der Heide

Cultural Heritage between Tradition and Modernism: The Example of Bhutan
Prof. Dr. Susanne von der Heide (Deutschland/Nepal)
Professor for Cultural Management and Heritage Studies, Kathmandu University, and Director of HimalAsia – Cultural Heritage and Educational Foundation


Salafism in Egypt
Karim El-Shenawy (Egypt/Great Britain)
Free journalist and film director, London
 Boufrikha “We Love Sousse” – A Project of Civil Society
Anis Boufrikha (Tunisia)
Head of Network of the Tunisian Anna Lindh Foundation, Sousse
On Syrian Revolution and Civil Society
Salam Kawakibi (Syria/France)
Scientific director of the Arab Reform Initiative, Paris



The Paradise at Women’s Feet
Francesca Caferri (Italy)
Journalist at ‘La Repubblica’, Rome


No Entrance Fee

The ‘Stephanus-Buchhandlung’ will be offering a selection of books for sale.


ZKM | Zentrum of Art and Media Karlsruhe, Lorenzstraße 19, ZKM_Medientheater

8.00 P.M.

ARTE Film Night


Presentation of documentaries in cooperation with ARTE and ZKM | Karlsruhe

The ‘in-between society’ is bound to traditions and at the same time has arrived in the modern era. Traditional values, local everyday routines, and worldwide accepted social norms are put to the test. The resulting tensions raise the question what it is that really holds our societies together. The ARTE film night is dedicated to some aspects of this ‘in-between society’:

Emancipated? “Afghanische Frauen am Steuer” compete with the men in the streets of Kabul. The driving license as one step on the way to emancipation: The documentary accompanies four women at this step.

Revolutionary? In the middle of Europe: concerts, dance and good-humor websites advertise for a youth movement which promotes the strictest understanding of the Bible. Behind the pleasant façade rules military discipline: “Missionare im Gleichschritt – Die Jesus Revolution Army”.

Traditionally? Women in Koniaków crochet colourful patterned thongs: “Sündige Maschen made in Polen”. The lingerie secure the survival in the remote Polish mountain region – and plunge the village in deep disputes over the improper craftwork.

Modern? Is it possible to be modern, a music lover, and a good Muslim at the same time? The music channel 4Shbab says yes. “Pop Islam” takes a look at the societies of the Arab world, which are torn between modern and traditional values.

Stressed? “Speed – Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit” asks what happened to all of the time which we have painstakingly saved with new technologies and efficiency models. A film about the speed-up of life and its alternatives.

8.00 P.M.


Afghanische Frauen am Steuer
(Afghan Women Behind the Wheel) Documentary by Sahraa Karimi
Slovak Republic 2009

9.10 P.M.


(Missionaries in Lockstep – The Jesus Revolution Army) Documentary by Britta Mischer and Haike Stuckmann

9.50 P.M.


Sündige Maschen made in Polen
(Sinful Knitting Made in Poland) Documentary by Dorothe Dörholt

10.30 P.M.


Pop Islam
Documentary by Ismail Elmokadem

11.30 P.M.


0.00 A.M.


Speed – Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit
(Speed – In Search of Lost Time) Documentary by Florian Opitz

Films shown in German

No Entrance fee

Sunday 24 February 2013

Morning Panel Discussion
SpardaEvent-Center, Baumeisterstraße 21

11.00 A.M.

Religion: Between Faith, Culture, and Politics

El Saadawi

Opening Keynote Lecture
Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Nawal El Saadawi (Egypt)
Feminist writer, activist, physician, and psychiatrist


Moderation: Gábor Paál

Scientific journalist, moderator, and author, SWR


Prof. Dr. Roland Robertson (Great Britain)
Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, and Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Global Society, University of Aberdeen


Karim El-Shenawy (Egypt/Great Britain)
Free journalist and film director, London


Prof. Dr. Volker Demuth (Germany)
Author, founding president of the MIMA | Munich Institute of Media and Musical Arts


Dr. Anne Françoise Weber (Germany/France/Egypt)
Theologian, sociologist, and free journalist, Cairo

UNTERES FOYER, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Baumeisterstraße 11


3.00 P.M.



José F.A. Oliver: Mein andalusisches Schwarzwalddorf

In 1960, José F.A. Oliver’s parents came from Málaga to Germany looking for work. He grew up in Hausach, being an Andalusian and Alemannian at the same time. Memories of the father, the straw hat factory, the Hausacher Spättlemadlee, the carnival tradition of childhood are condensed in José F.A. Oliver’s essay with poetic sensitivity to images of a place that cannot be, yet is still there, an Andalusian Black Forest. His book is not only the image of a poet between cultures and languages; it is also a declaration of love to his town.

No Entrance Fee

The Reading is in German

STUDIO, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Baumeisterstraße 11


7.00 P.M.








Kinder der Revolution
(Children of the Revolution)

Scenic reading and discussion, directed by Nuran David Calis Guest performance of the Schauspielhaus Bochum in collaboration with the Folkwang University of the Arts, and in cooperation with Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

Almost everywhere, the protest in the Arab world emanated from the young: mostly as a spontaneous merger of many dissatisfied people, who create a loud crowd out of many voiceless individuals. In Europe, complaints of a young generation are also growing. Is a revolt of the young, albeit under different circumstances, emerging here, too? With a class of drama students, the author and director Nuran David Calis examines what it means today to belong to the young generation in Germany and Europe, and how this generation connects itself with the rest of the world. Together, they establish contact all over the world, looking for common issues and the conflicts of their generation, to which they lend their voices.


Admission 5 €
The Performance is in German
Tickets at the Box Office(Phone 0721-933 333) or via www.staatstheater.karlsruhe.de


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