April 03, 2014 – April 05, 2014

City, Capitalism, Religion: Turning Points of Civilisation

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The filmmaker Alexander Kluge has made a three-part series of films on modern civilisation: on cities, religion, and capitalism. The project uses these films to explore the relation between the three subjects.

In partnership with the Alfred Herrhausen Society and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, we will host a public screening of these films, along with a post-film programme in Berlin. A group of early career scholars and practitioners will meet along side the public programme to discuss the themes emerging from the films and panel discussions.

On Cities

Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE and NYU in conversation with the architect David Chipperfield, Principal of David Chipperfield Architects and Director of the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture.

On Religion

Angelika Neuwirth, Professor of Arabic Studies at Freie Universität Berlinin conversation with José Casanova, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, and head of the Berkley Center’s Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular. 

On Capitalism

Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair of The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University in conversation with Joseph Vogl, Professor of German Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Humboldt University Berlin and author of ‘The Spectre of Capital’. 

Thursday 03.04.2014

The Emergence of Civilization from Paradise and Terror, and the Principle of the City

Film by Alexander Kluge


The Principle of the City

with Richard Sennett, David Chipperfield
Welcome and panel discussion

Friday 04.04.2014

When the Heavens Still Spoke to Each Other.

The Struggle of the Religions in Late Antiquity
Film by Alexander Kluge


The Principle of Religion

with Angelika Neuwirth, José Casanova
Panel discussion

Saturday 05.04.2014

History of the World

with an introduction by Chris Granlund and Alexander Kluge


Grapes of Trust.

Financial Crisis, Adam Smith, Keynes, Marx, and Ourselves. What Can We Rely On?
Film by Alexander Kluge


The Principle of Capitalism

mit Saskia Sassen, Joseph Vogl
Panel discussion

This project is funded by the generous support of the Alfred Herrhausen Society.