The Goethe-Institut South Africa deals with many topics and issues, including critical ones. Relevant topics are discussed and debated both locally and globally in various formats and offerings.

Zeitgeister Keyvisual Illustration: © El Boum

Cultural work must remain independent!

Debates about antisemitism

Organisations such as the Goethe-Institut must not become the ‘extended arm’ of the government, particularly in difficult political times. Tests of conviction and moral imperialism will not help to overcome crises.

Prof. Dr. Carola Lentz Photo: Goethe-Institut / Loredana La Rocca

House of African Feminisms (HoAF) © House of African Feminisms

Being Kafka

From surreal bureaucracies to humorous or nightmarish abysses: a special edition of ZEITGEISTER commemorates Franz Kafka, master of literary unease, who died 100 years ago on 3rd June 1924.

Illustration zu "Being Kafka" © Goethe-Institut, Illustration: Roberto Maján

Power Talks

Can a European cultural institution actually play a role in the cultural landscape of Africa…are cultural institutes situated north on the globe now confined to being pure donors…or can they share in the dialogue of the south [and] ask to partake in, or even help shape, processes that are decidedly emancipatory?

Powertalks .

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