Kultursymposium Weimar 2019 | 19-21 June

Recalculating the Route

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)
© Goethe-Institut

This was KSWE19

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. 

Who was there?

Interview mit Nanjira Sambuli

Interview Nanjira Sambuli

Interview mit Steffen Mau

Interview Steffen Mau

Lorena Jaume-Palasí

Interview Lorena Jaume-Palasí

Toby Walsh

Interview Toby Walsh

Olga Yurkova

Interview Olga Yurkova

Pierre Fautrel

Interview Pierre Fautrel

Impressions of the opening

Programme Highlights

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.
Toby Walsh - Ein Blick ins Jahr 2062

The Year 2062

Talk by Toby Walsh

Wilkommen im Zeitalter des Zorns - Pankaj Mishra

Welcome to the Age of Anger

Talk by Pankaj Mishra

The Brutalization of Language in the political Discourse

The Brutalization of Language in the political Discourse

Panel with Claudia Roth, Anna Szilagi, Carlos Celdran & Tilo Jung

Killerroboter. Die beunruhigende Perspektive autonomer Waffensysteme

Killer robots. The Disturbing Perspective of Autonomous Weapons

Panel with Thompson Chengeta, Toby Walsh, Kara Frederick & Noel Sharkey

Das Blaue Sofa

Das Blaue Sofa

With Kate Connolly, Philipp Hübl, Jagoda Marinic and Steffen Mau

Ziel erreicht? Rückblick und Ausblick KSWE19

Reached your Destination? Review and Outlook

Closing panel with Panashe Chigumadzi, Toby Walsh, Denise Hearn, Juan Carlos Rincon and Blumio

Programme Overview

An overview of all events, topics, speakers* and formats of the Kultursymposium Weimar 2019 is available for download:

Click here for a full report on KSWE19


Matthias Maier, Nicole Scoble-Williams, Krish Chetty (Panel) "Arbeitswelten von morgen" © Bernhard Ludewig

Gender & Tech
New Ideas for a More Diverse Future

With Sarah Chen, Nanjira Sambuli, Elena Knox und Hiltrud Werner

Jingfang Hao, Assaf Gavron, Panashe Chigumadzi, Julia von Lucadou (Panel) "Das Gefühl der Verlorenheit. Orientierung und Orientierungslosigkeit in der Literatur" © Bernhard Ludewig

Feeling Lost
Orientierungssuche in der Literatur

With Assaf Gavron, Jingfang Hao, Panashe Chigumadzi and Julia von Lucadou