The Karlsruhe Dialogues, initiated in 1997 by the ZAK, are an annual three-day symposium, which approaches a current topic of socio-political relevance. The concept of the Karlsruhe Dialogues is unique in that it combines discursive-reflective ways of exploring a topic with aesthetic-artistic approaches within an intercultural and interdisciplinary framework. They thus conform to a fundamental principle of applied cultural studies: the application of a combined approach that links the general consideration of particular issues and ideas with their sensory exploration. Accordingly, the Karlsruhe Dialogues are not an academic conference for specialist exchange. Their methodology differs from the procedures that are typical for this type of event – not only through the integration of artistic aspects, such as theatre, film, readings, and concerts, but also in their approach to the analytical part. In keeping with the concept of public science, complex topics are presented to a broad audience through keynote lectures, presentations on fundamental issues, through statements, discussions, and panel discussions. The Karlsruhe Dialogues aim to promote a critical dialogue and a public understanding of science, as well as an interdisciplinary exchange between the fields of culture, economy, media, and science. With their dialogical, controversial, interdisciplinary, and international approach, they aim to find new ways of facing current challenges.
In order to secure a broad resonance and a sustainable basis for our initiative, the ZAK cooperates with institutional partners that support the Karlsruhe Dialogues ideally and organisationally. These include, amongst others, the Karlsruhe Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe as well as the television channel ARTE. The Karlsruhe Dialogues are substantially supported by the L-Bank (the development bank of the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg) as well as by the city of Karlsruhe.
2019 - The Responsible Society: Between Challenge and Overload?
2018 - The (Artificial) Intelligent City
2017 - Pluralistic Society and Its Enemies
2016 - NationEUrope: The Polarised Solidarity Community
2015 - Global DemocraCITIES: Between Triumph and Decline
2014 - World (Market) Society: On Trade with Goods, Data and Humans
2013 - THE ‘IN-BETWEEN SOCIETY’: TRADITION AND MODERNISM IN CONFLICT
2012 - EVERTHING IN (DIS) ORDER? NEW OBSCURITIES IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD
2011 - CAUGHT IN THE NET? GLOBAL GOOGLE-CULTURES
2010 - ORGANIZED CRIME - DARK SIDES OF GLOBALIZATION
2009 - RIGHT OUTSIDE: RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM IN EUROPE TODAY
2008 - MY EUROPE - YOUR EUROPE: INSIGHTS FROM THE 'OUTSIDE'
2007 - MY EUROPE - YOUR EUROPE: INSIGHTS FROM THE OUTSIDE
2006 - TRENNUNG, TOD - TABU? KULTUREN DES ABSCHIEDS
2005 - KULTUR UND GERECHTIGKEIT
2004 - DER VERNETZTE EGOIST
2003 - MOBILITÄT IN DER GLOBALISIERTEN WELT
2002 - KONFLIKT, TRAUMA, NEUBEGINN
2001 - DEUTSCHLAND? ABER WO LIEGT ES?
2000 - ZUKUNFT DER ZEIT
1999 - UTOPIA
1998 - (OHN)MACHT DER POLITIK
1997 - STADT-ANSICHTEN
Unfortunately, the information on the Karlsruhe Dialogues from 1997 until 2006 are only available in German language.