18th Karlsruhe Dialogues: Programme

18th Karlsruhe Dialogues - World (Market) Society: On Trade with Goods, Data and Humans

Programme (PDF)


Friday 14 February 2014

Opening Event of the 18th Karlsruhe Dialogues

SpardaEvent-Center, Baumeisterstraße 21



 7.30 p.m. Welcome Addresses
Martin Hettich
Chairman of the Board of Sparda-Bank
Baden-Württemberg eG

Dr. Frank Mentrup
Lord Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe

Dr. Ulrich Breuer
Vice President of KIT for Finance and Business


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


 Udo DiFabio Opening keynote lecture
Policy of World Society: Is the Global Dynamic Politically Accessible?

Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo Di Fabio (Germany)

Former judge at the Federal Constitutional Court,Professor of Public Law, University of Bonn



Daniela Vega

Hsu-Chen Su
Musical programme
Daniela Vega and Hsu-Chen Su:
Tangos and Boleros – A Musical Mirror of the World (Market) Society

Daniela Vega, born in São Paulo, Brazil, completed a classic ballet education at the Royal Academy of Dance and studied singing at the São Paulo State University. She sang in the choir of the Symphony Orchestra of the State of São Paulo and played leading parts in operettas and musical productions.
As a DAAD scholarship holder, she studied song arrangement in the Master’s programme at the University of Music (HfM) Karlsruhe. Since 2012, Vega
has been studying song arrangement and singing in the soloist programme at the HfM Karlsruhe.

Hsu-Chen Su, born in Taipei, Taiwan, studied solo piano at the Liszt School of Music Weimar. In 2012 she graduated with a Master’s degree in song arrangement and with distincion from the University of Music (HfM) Karlsruhe. She has attended various master classes and has been studying in the soloist
programme at the HfM Karlsruhe since 2012. She is currently an Erasmus student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris.

As a song duo, Daniela Vega and Hsu-Chen Su were awarded the 2013 music scholarship of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg (Arts Foundation



No entrance fee

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




Saturday 15 February 2014

Symposium of the 18th Karlsruhe Dialogues

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

 9.30 a.m

Welcome Addresses
Wolfgang Grenke

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

John Ralston Saul

Lars P. Feld


Yunxiang Yan

Manuela Boatca


Opening keynote address

The Collapse of Global Economy
Dr. John Ralston Saul (Canada)
President of PEN International and Author, Toronto



Do We Need New Standards for the Global Market?

Prof. Dr. Lars P. Feld (Germany)
President of the Walter Eucken Institute, Freiburg,
Chair for Economic Policy and Constitutional
Economics, University of Freiburg, Member of the
German Council of Economic Experts



Between Morals and Markets: Changing
Landscapes in China’s Society

Prof. Dr. Yunxiang Yan (China/USA)
Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Los Angeles




Global Inequalities and Citizenship. On the Inheritance of a Scarce Resource
Prof. Dr. Manuela Boatcă (Romania / Germany)
Professor for the Sociolgy of Global Inequalities, Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

12.30 p.m.

13.30 p.m.
Zoe Trodd

Taslima Akther
Dawid Danilo Bartelt







Leonce Bekemans

Contemporary Slavery and the Modern Slave Trade

Prof. Dr. Zoe Trodd (United Kingdom)
Professor and Chair of American Literature,Department of American and Canadian Studies,University of Nottingham










Brave New World? Labour Conditions in Bangladesh’s Textile Industries

Taslima Akhter (Bangladesh)
Activist and photographer, Coordinator of the
Bangladesh Garment Workers Solidarity




No ‘Bread’ but ‘Circuses’? Major Events in Rio de
Janeiro between Spectacle, Speculation, Right for
City and the New Brazil

Dr. Dawid Danilo Bartelt (Germany/Brazil)
Director of the Brazil office of the Heinrich Böll
Foundation, Rio de Janeiro




The Transparent Citizen. On Total Transparency in
the Age of NSA Surveillance

Prof. Hasan Elahi (Bangladesh/USA)
Media artist and Director of the center
‘Digital Cultures and Creativity’, Honors College,
University of Maryland





Education for Intercultural Realities in a Globalising World (Market) Society

Prof. Dr. Léonce Bekemans (Belgium/Itlay)
Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, Academic coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence ‘Intercultural Dialogue, Human Rights & Multi-level Governance’, University of Padua

No entrance fee

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



ZKM|Center for Art und Media Kalrsruhe, Lorenzstrasse 19, ZKM_Media Theater

7.30 p.m. ARTE Film Night
Presentation of documentaries in cooperation with ARTE and ZKM | Karlsruhe

The vision of a world society based on universal values proves to be illusory. Market mechanisms, however, do prevail: cross-border trade with services and data is increasing; people are degraded to goods. The question arises what chances and risks the ‘world (market) society’ holds. The ARTE film night is looking for answers.

  An estimated 20 to 30 billion dollars are being hidden in tax havens every year. An amount which is equivalent to two-thirds of global debts. Entire states are in danger of collapsing due to the increasingly extensive tax evasion: “Zeitbombe Steuerflucht – Wann kippt das System?” (Time Bomb Tax Evation – When Will the System Fail?)

  Agricultural land is considered the most profitable investment of the 21st century. The run on the best agricultural areas of underdeveloped countries is enormous – those countries sell their lands despite the famines which threaten their own people: "Dritte Welt im Ausverkauf?" (Third World for Sale)


  Globalisation has long since reached the clinices. In the past, the focus of interest was on cosmetic surgery and dental treatment. Now, it is high-tech medicine in the Far East at affordable prices: "Mein Bypass aus Bangkok - Das Geschäft mit dem Gesundheitstourismus" (My Bypass from Bangkok - the Business with the Health Tourism).


  In 2002, Google has begun building a global library and made contracts with the biggest university libraries. This caused authors around the world to stand up for their intellectual property rights. "Google und die Macht des Wissens" (Google and the World Brain): a film on the failed knowledge monopoly of the internet giant.
7.30 p.m. Paradisical?
Zeitbombe Steuerflucht: Wann kippt das System?
(Time Bomb Tax Evation – When Will the System Fail)
Documentary by Xavier Harel and Rémy Burkel
ARTE France 2013
9.15 p.m. Profitable?
Dritte Welt im Ausverkauf
(Third World for Sale)
Documentary by Alexis Marant
ARTE France 2013
10.45 p.m. Inexpensive?
Mein Bypass aus Bangkok – Das Geschäft mit dem Gesundheitstourismus
(My Bypass From Bangkok – The Business with Health Tourism)
Documentay by Wolfgang Luck


11.45 p.m.


Midnight snack


0.15 a.m.

Google und die Macht des Wissens
(Google and the World Brain)
Documentary by Ben Lewis


Films shown in German

No entrance fee


Sunday 16 February 2014

Morning Panel Discussion

SpardaEvent-Center, Baumeisterstrasse 21

 11.00 a.m.

Edda Müller

Leonce Bekemans

 Andre Habisch

How Much Transparency and Trust Does the World (Market) Society Need?

Moderation: Markus Brock
Moderator, SWR and 3sat


Prof. Dr. Edda Müller (Germany)
Chairwoman of Transparency International
Germany, former minister for nature and
environment, Schleswig-Holstein


Prof. Dr. Léonce Bekemans (Belgium/Italy)
Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, Academic coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence ‘Intercultural Dialogue, Human Rights & Multi-level Governance’, University of Padua


Prof. Dr. André Habisch (Germany) (tbc)
Professor for Christian Social Ethics and Social
Policy, Faculty of Business Administration,
Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt




Georg Schürmann (Deutschland)
Chief executive officer of the Triodos Bank NV, German branch


Studio (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe),Baumeisterstrasse 11

3.00 p.m

Ingo Schulze:

Unsere schönen neuen Kleider. Gegen eine marktkonforme Demokratie - für demokratiekonforme Märkte

"But he isn't wearing anything at all!", the child cries out in the tale of "The Emperor's New Clothes" and thereby expresses what everyone can see, but no one dares to say. Ingo Schulze introduced his renowned Dresden speech from 2012 with the well-known parable about how willingly people let themselves be deceived. He is one of the few writers and intellectuals who are publicly positioning themselves as a political person. In his factual and poetic analysis of the status quo, he points out the causes of the loss of democracy and social polarisation in our globalised society. He argues that it is necessary to take oneself seriously, to overcome isolation, and to perceive to the world as changeable.



No entrance fee

The reading is in German.



STUDIO (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe), Baumeisterstraße 11

 6.00 p.m.

Hohe Auflösung
(High Resolution)

by Dmytro Ternovyi

Scenic reading and discussion with the author
German translation by Lydia Nagel
With members of the theatre company
Scenic arrangement: Michael Letmathe

A Ukrainian top musician, to whom the bureaucratic hurdles for an EU work visa pose a serious problem, lives at Kiev Independence Square, the focal point of the civil rights demonstrations. Undeterred by the revolutionary situation, the police is looking for an illegal immigrant in his apartment. The Ukrainian author Dmytro Ternovyi has founded the Russianspeaking 'Dung Beetle Theatre' in his hometown Kharkov. With Hohe Auflösung, a piece that alternates between boulevard comedy, political and surreal theatre, he won the most important Eastern European drama competition "Talking about Borders" in 2012.

The performance is in German.

Admission: 4€

Tickets at the box office (Phone: 0721 - 933 333)


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