Artists, authors, and intellectuals from the unrivalled network of the Goethe-Institut […] An event at which a writer from Zimbabwe might discuss land reform in Bolivia with a Turkish constitutional lawyer in the shade of the ginkgo trees. (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
The second international Kultursymposium Weimar, organized by the Goethe-Institut, took place from the 19th to the 21st of June 2019 under the title "Recalculating the Route". More than 500 participants from all over the world came to Weimar to discuss the great upheavals of our time.
All around the world, future pathways are being recalculated. Rapid technological development is producing fundamental changes in society, culture, and the economy, and is introducing unforeseen possibilities and posing many new questions. At the same time, the desire for manageable and easily understandable circumstances seems to be increasing worldwide. Straightforward answers to an increasingly complex world are in high demand, and not only in the political sphere.
In an interdisciplinary programme of lectures, discussions, participatory discussion formats and artistic interventions, experts from all over the world discussed the four main themes of the Kultursymposium across fifty events:
The ORIENT//ATION theme revolves around the question of how not to lose sight of the big picture in the face of major changes. As part of the focus on AUTO//NOMY the participants discuss the relationship between humans and machines. In RE//GRESSION, academics and experts address the rise of nationalism in many countries around the world. And finally, the invited panellists explore the economic dimension of digital transformation under the heading DIGI//NOMICS.
The Year 2062
Talk by Toby Walsh
Welcome to the Age of Anger
Talk by Pankaj Mishra
The Brutalization of Language in the political Discourse
Panel with Claudia Roth, Anna Szilagi, Carlos Celdran & Tilo Jung
Killer robots. The Disturbing Perspective of Autonomous Weapons
Panel with Thompson Chengeta, Toby Walsh, Kara Frederick & Noel Sharkey
Das Blaue Sofa
With Kate Connolly, Philipp Hübl, Jagoda Marinic and Steffen Mau
Reached your Destination? Review and Outlook
Closing panel with Panashe Chigumadzi, Toby Walsh, Denise Hearn, Juan Carlos Rincon and Blumio
An overview of all events, topics, speakers* and formats of the Kultursymposium Weimar 2019 is available for download: