Issue #3 Being Kafka

Why does Franz Kafka’s spell remain unbroken a hundred years after his death? Why do we still perceive Kafka as so modern and contemporary? Because Kafka wrote such beautiful letters? Because we love drama queens? Because we feel that the world has never been more Kafkaesque than it is today? Join us as we step into Kafka’s world in this issue of the transatlantic magazine Gegenüber! Be Kafka!

Why do we still find Kafka so modern and current? Illustration by Roberto Maján

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Gegenüber connects perspectives from across (German: gegenüber) the Atlantic, in Germany and North America, with contributions on societal issues, art, business, and science. Gegenüber dives into transatlantic topics, German-American quirks, and common denominators. Subscribe to the newsletter to stay up to date!

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Gutekunst Prize of the Friends of Goethe New York

Young Translator’s Prize New York

In 2010 the Goethe-Institut New York created a prize to identify outstanding young translators and to assist them in establishing contact with the translation and publishing communities. The application period for the 2024 prize is now open. The deadline to submit completed translations is April 19, 2024.

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The Great AI Swindle
Synthetic Truth

Is truth a personal opinion in the digital age? Experts, artists, and thinkers weigh in on the ways artificial intelligence is shaping society, from enabling creative collaboration to threatening democracy as we know it. Journey into the heart of the debate in this issue of Gegenüber.

A robot paints a natural landscape prompt by Lord Jim @ Midjourney AI

Degrowth
Too Much, Enough, and Next to Nothing

Is a healthy balance between excess and scarcity possible in today’s world? This issue of the transatlantic magazine Gegenüber delves into the intertwined narratives of growth and degrowth in society. Join us as we question the notion of progress and envision a sustainable future together.

Gegenüber Keyvisua © Tobias Schrank

Street Art in Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.
#artbits

Urban public spaces are canvases for street art. They reveal the political and social discourse of the city. The #artbits bloggers collect photos of street art from Germany and North America, from Berlin, Mexico City, Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Artbits Photo (detail): © Verena Hütter

German Series in the USA
Binge Fever!

Television “Made in Germany” is having a golden moment with the rise of international streaming services. In this dossier, we highlight binge-worthy German serials and fill you in on where to watch them in the USA.

Animated Binge Fever Illustration of a hand holding a remote control © Colourbox / Image editing Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

Digital Junioruni

E-Learning Platform High School

The Junioruni is a digital platform for high school students, their parents, and teachers that combines German and STEM. 

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