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Climate Art Culture: Book Theatre Discussion

An event of the German Federal Environmental Agency and the Goethe-Institut

Panel discussion
Wednesday, 8 July 2015, starting at 5pm
German Federal Environmental agency (Umweltbundesamt), Wörlitzer Platz 1
06844 Dessau-Roßlau
Admission free of charge.
George Osodi, Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2007, Fotonachweis: George Osodi c/o Zphotographic Ltd.
George Osodi, Oil Rich Niger Delta, 2003-2007, Fotonachweis: George Osodi c/o Zphotographic Ltd.

That climate change is mainly caused by humans is now certain. Consensus also exists about its grave effects on ecosystems, the world’s populations and the economy. But what conclusions do we draw from this knowledge? How are we to respond to something like climate change that appears to us humans as so very abstract? At the invitation of the Goethe-Institut and the German Federal Environmental Agency, representatives from culture, policy consultation and science will investigate the question of how a rethinking about climate change on the part of society might be set in motion. What part do the humanities play here? And what impulses for this process of awareness are emerging from art and culture?

A new volume of the same title by Johannes Ebert and Andrea Zell provides an introduction to the interplay of climate, art and culture for the Goethe-Institut. In essays, interviews and analyses, cultural scientists, sociologists, philosophers, historians and theologians present the range of current discussions being conducted under the heading of “climate change.” Also included in the volume are artistic works that reflect on climate phenomena and natural disasters. The event will be opened with a theatrical performance by lively young high-school actors from Dessau.

We warmly invite you and your guest to the discussion, theatrical performance and book launch.


5pm: “Wetter.Wörter. Ein szenischer Skizzenblog” (i.e. Weather.Words. A Scenic Sketch-Blog), Jugendclub des Anhaltischen Theaters Dessau (i.e. Young People’s Club of the Anhalt Theatre of Dessau)

6 to 7.30pm: Panel discussion with:

Johannes Ebert, General Secretary of the Goethe-Institut e.V.
Maria Krautzberger, President of the German Federal Environmental Agency
Dr. Claudia Perren, Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Prof. Dr. Angelika Poferl, Sociologist
Prof. Dr. em. Joachim Radkau, Historian

Moderation: Jürgen König, Deutschlandradio Kultur

Contacts for Inquiries:

Dr. Andrea Zell, Cultural Education and Discourse, Goethe-Institut
Tel.: +49 (0) 89/15921-232

Fotini Mavromati, arts commissioner of the German Federal Environmental Agency
Tel.: +49 (0)340/2103-2318

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How do arts, humanities and sciences deal with climate change? Read contributions from various disciplines, interviews and background articles!


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