Speakers

Florian Kessler, journalist and book author

Christoph Bieber Source: University Duisburg EssenFlorian Kessler, Photo: (c) Juliane Henrich

“It’s not the parties restructuring society at the moment, it’s the citizens – they are changing it from a vertical structure to a horizontal one, in which many people can have their say and their right to criticise.”

Florian Kessler was born in Heidelberg in 1981. He later studied creative writing and cultural journalism at the University of Hildesheim, where he also received a PhD in literary studies in 2011. He works as a freelance journalist for various publications, including the ”Tagesspiegel” and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. His first book, entitled Mut Bürger. Die Kunst des neuen Demonstrierens. (Courage of Citizens. The Art of New Demonstrating.) was published in spring 2013. To write it, Florian Kessler spent 2011 and 2012 travelling around Germany’s “protest landscape”, observing numerous street protests and conducting many interviews with activists. Mut Bürger is a plea for a revived political commitment of citizens and a guide to effective protesting.

Publications and statements on the subject

Mut Bürger. Die Kunst des neuen Demonstrierens. Berlin 2013

“Zweifel sind ein Grundrecht!” (Doubts are a fundamental right!), Zeit online, 22nd February 2013 http://www.zeit.de/kultur/

Translation: Jo Beckett
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