DOES THE FUN STOP WITH GOD? – FREEDOM OF OPINION AND BLASPHEMY

Saturday, 14 October 2017, 10.30 – 11.30 am
 
Panel discussion (German / English)
 

In many democratic states, “blasphemy” is part of freedom of opinion and is not punishable. However in countries such as Pakistan or Saudi Arabia, blasphemous comments can even result in life imprisonment or the death penalty. The charge of blasphemy is frequently used to spread false accusations against unpleasant people. Are there limits when it comes to satire and freedom of opinion?

How much scorn against God should be allowed? How much do attacks such as the one on the Charlie Hebdo editorial department and the riots after the cartoon controversy influence one’s own work in art and journalism? How does the modern world view boundaries, if overcoming them hasn’t already long since degenerated into nothing more than a stylistic means?
Are there still taboos today? And if so, what’s the point of them – especially in societies where it seems possible to say everything?
 
Participants:
Bina Shah (Pakistan), author and journalist
Olav Westphalen (Sweden), German comic artist and university lecturer
Wolfgang Ullrich (Germany), author, art historian and cultural scientist.

Chaired by: Kersten Knipp (Germany), journalist, author and presenter
 
Cooperation: Goethe-Institut
 
Location: Weltempfang Stage, Hall 3.1, Stand L25