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Who’s Afraid of Foreigners?

20.03.2017, Berlin | Fear of the foreign seems to be an essential human trait. It manifests itself in early childhood behavior as well as in adult xenophobic responses. But how do we happen to distinguish between the foreign and the familiar? What role do prejudices play? And why does the experience of foreignness cause fear? Is this fear nothing but a primordial instinct warning homo sapiens of a potential threat? What is the benefit, what is the risk of such fearful reactions? And how can we deal with fear of the other? Can fear perhaps even be transformed into curiosity?

These questions will be discussed by Dr. Elke Geenen and Prof. Dr. Borwin Bandelow as part of a salon entitled “Who’s Afraid of Foreigners?” which will be held at the Komische Oper Berlin on May 22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

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About the salon of the Komische Oper Berlin and the Ernst Schering Foundation

 Theory meets entertainment and art meets science. Once again this opera season, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Ernst Schering Foundation organize four evening salons with renowned scientists and scholars. In conjunction with the opera’s season program, the salons explore topics that are of interest to both science and the world of opera. A relaxed discussion atmosphere and a variety of discussion formats and artistic interventions turn the foyer of the Komische Oper Berlin into a nineteenth-century salon.

Topics, Tickets & Dates

Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstraße 55-57 | 10117 Berlin

Tickets for 12 EUR / 8 EUR (reduced rate) are available through the ticket service of the Komische Oper.

pdf Download the program flyer here.

 

Mon, November 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
“What About Love?”
Salon on Love Yesterday and Today

Loving and being loved seem to be among the most fundamental phenomena of being human. The brains of people in love are powered by “chemical fireworks.” But who or what determines why and how deeply we fall in love? Do genes play a key role? Or does the potential partner merely have to smell good and know how to dance? And has it always been like that? How did and do people love in other times and cultures? How do they love today? Do we even have the time and leisure to fall head over heels in love? And where do people today find love? In a café? In a club? Online? Or at the opera, where great love stories are nightly negotiated?

GUESTS Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert (historian, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin); Prof. Dr. Karl Grammer (behavioral researcher and evolutionary biologist, University of Vienna)
WITH singers and musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin
MODERATORS Johanna Wall and Ulrich Lenz

The Barber of Seville
Performances on November 26, 2016 | December 4, 16 & 26, 2016 | July 5 & 13, 2017

Mon, February 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
“What to Do with Power?”
Salon on the Impact and Imperative of Exerting Power

When we think of power, negative associations immediately come to mind: scenes of oppression and violence, phrases such as “power-hungry,” “lust for power” or “seizing power.” Power seduces, deadens the senses, and corrupts. Power’s reputation is not the best. But does power also have positive aspects? Could we even change or shape our world without power, and don’t those who exert power also assume responsibility? How and where is power generated, how does it work, and can we distinguish between different kinds of power? How can or must power be used to make relationships work, raise children, run companies or govern states?

GUESTS Frank Stauss, political consultant (Managing Partner of the communication agency BUTTER., Düsseldorf/Berlin); Prof. Dr. Hilge Landweer (Philosopher, Freie Universität Berlin)
WITH singers and musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin
MODERATORS Rainer Simon and Simon Berger

The Pearls of Cleopatra
Performances on February 11, 2017 | July 12, 2017

 

Mon, March 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
“How Free Are We Really?”
Salon on Manipulation and Freedom of Decision

Are we free to act or are our actions pre-determined? This is one of the big questions of philosophy. In light of ever new neurobiological insights into our brain processes, the influence of the media on our thoughts and opinions, the gathering of data by major internet companies, and the permanent manipulation through increasingly subtle advertising and marketing methods, the question of whether we are really free to act seems to be more topical than ever. Do we still have room for maneuver given this flood of different and powerful influences? Are we still in control of ourselves and our decisions?

GUESTS Prof. Dr. Michael Pauen (Institute of Philosophy and Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Prof. Dr. Stefan Schmidt (psychologist and psychophysiologist, University of Freiburg Medical Center)
WITH singers and musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin
MODERATORS Rainer Simon and Johanna Wall

Petruschka/L’Enfant et les Sortilèges
Performances on March 26, 2017 | July 11, 2017

 

Mon, May 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
“Who’s Afraid of Foreigners?”
Salon on Foreignness and Experiencing the Other

Fear of the foreign seems to be an essential human trait. It manifests itself in early childhood behavior as well as in adult xenophobic responses. But how do we happen to distinguish between the foreign and the familiar? What role do prejudices play? And why does the experience of foreignness cause fear? Is this fear nothing but a primordial instinct warning homo sapiens of a potential threat? What is the benefit, what is the risk of such fearful reactions? And how can we deal with fear of the other? Can fear perhaps even be transformed into curiosity?

GUESTS Dr. Elke M. Geenen (Institute for Socioeconomic and Cultural International Analysis, Ottendorf), Prof. Dr. Borwin Bandelow (psychologist and psychotherapist, University Medical Center Göttingen)
WITH singers and musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin
MODERATORS Katja Naie and Ulrich Lenz

Medea
Performances on May 25, 2017 | June 5, 20 & 25, 2017 | July 2 & 15, 2017

Photo 1: Stefan Schmidt (li) & Michael Pauen (re, Fotograf: Daniel Friedrich)
Photo 2: Fotograf Jan Windszus
Photo 3: Fotograf Michael Bidner

 

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