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Micro, Macro, Market?

23.03.2018, Berlin | “It’s the economy, stupid!” – this was the slogan of U.S. presidential candidate Bill Clinton in 1992, referring to the importance of economic processes for all areas of society. For some the market is the best possible means of governing modern states, for others it is evil incarnate. We talk about the power and sensibility of the markets, of free and fair trade. The current economic system of “unfettered capitalism” has come under criticism. How exactly does “the system” work? Can it actually be made to align with ideas of justice? Is free trade even compatible with a free society? These questions will be discussed by the economist Martina Metzger and the economic researcher and author Heiner Flassbeck on April 23, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., during the salon “Micro, Macro, Market?” at the Komische Oper Berlin.

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Theory meets entertainment, art meets science. Once again this season, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Schering Stiftung organize four evening salons featuring renowned scholars and scientists. In loose conjunction with the opera’s season program, the salon conversations explore topics that are of interest to both science and the opera world. Discussions in a playful atmosphere as well as a variety of discussion formats and artistic interventions transform the lobby of the Komische Oper Berlin into a 21st-century salon. The salon continues the successful collaboration between the Komische Oper Berlin and the Schering Stiftung of the last three seasons.

Topics, Tickets, and Dates

Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstraße 55-57 | 10117 Berlin

Tickets for €12 / €8 (reduced) are available via the ticket service of the Komische Oper.

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Mon, November 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
“Performing Yourself?”
On Self-Presentation in Everyday Life

Self-presentation is one of the anthropological constituents of human life: The powerful have always presented themselves as powerful, the rich as rich, the young as young, the religious as religious. Does self-presentation happen according to predefined rules? What about self-presentation today – in the age of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Does it experience a new boom because of social media?

GUESTS Prof. em. Dr. Gunter Gebauer (anthropologist, linguistic and social philosopher, FU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Engler (philosopher and cultural sociologist, Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art, Berlin)

MODERATORS Ulrich Lenz and Rainer Simon

This salon evening is part of the Expanded Program of the 2017 Berlin Science Week.

Mon, February 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
“Quo Vadis, Democracy?”
On the Future of an Age-Old Form of Government

What do we mean when we talk about the “end of democracy”? And what does global digitization mean for democracy – salvation or nightmare? The internet offers wide-ranging opportunities for everybody to express his or her will but it can also be used to mobilize the masses. Can digital media help us think about new forms of democracy that give people a greater say than ever before in the history of mankind? Or do we risk a dictatorship of the online collective, “digital Maoism” (Jaron Lanier)? What can we learn from history about successful democracies, and what visions for a new form of “the best of all possible” social orders can we develop?

GUESTS Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann (expert on internet policy, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society), Prof. Dr. Volker Gerhardt (legal and social philosopher, HU Berlin)

MODERATOR Johanna Wall

 

Mon, April 23, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
“Micro, Macro, Market?”
On the Effects of a Globalized Market Economy

“It’s the economy, stupid!” – this was the slogan of U.S. presidential candidate Bill Clinton in 1992, referring to the importance of economic processes for all areas of society. For some the market is the best possible means of governing modern states, for others it is evil incarnate. We talk about the power and sensibility of the markets, of free and fair trade. The current economic system of “unfettered capitalism” has come under criticism. How exactly does “the system” work? Can it actually be made to align with ideas of justice? Is free trade even compatible with a free society?

GUESTS Prof. Dr. Heiner Flassbeck (freelance economic researcher and author), Prof. Dr. Martina Metzger (Professor of Monetary Economics, Berlin School of Economics and Law)

MODERATOR Simon Berger

 

Mon, June 4, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
“Holocene or Anthropocene?”On the Significance of Man in Nature

Climate change or the disappearance of the ozone hole, species extinction or the return of the wolf – no matter what natural events we are talking about, we quickly see mankind in an immediate causal relationship to the event under discussion. Not without reason have geologists named the most recent era after man: anthropocene. But are we really so important, so central to the biological, geological, and atmospheric changes on this planet? Is our talking about, and acting in, nature perhaps just an expression of the anthropocentrism that has defined Western thought since the Middle Ages? What are the consequences of challenging this anthropocentrism?

GUESTS Prof. em. Dr. Wolfgang Welsch (anthropologist and cultural philosopher, University of Jena), Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder (paleontologist and geobiologist, FU Berlin)

MODERATORS Sina Dotzert and Rainer Simon

 

Photos:
1: Martina Metzger and Heiner Flassbeck
2+3: Jan Windszus Photography

 

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