Category Archives: Discussion

Language in the can. How language ends up in the archive

To mark UNESCO World Mother Language Day on February 21, art and cultural historian Uta Kornmeier will be talking to Mandana Seyfeddinipur (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities), Albrecht Wiedmann (Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv des Ethnologischen Museums) and Christopher Li (Lautarchiv der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) about linguistic field research and language archives, about the documents that are created in the process and what can be researched with them.

Due to illness, this event has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

When: Wed, 21 February 2024, 05:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Mechanical Arena in the Foyer of the Humboldt Forum
Free admission
Further information: „WeSearch Extra“ at Humboldt Forum

Image: Gramophone recordings in the Wahn prisoner-of-war camp by Wilhelm Doegen and Alois Brandl, October 1916, photographer unknown. Sound Archive of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Gesa Grimme and Sarah Elena Link discuss “Afterlives of Empire”

Gesa Grimme and Sarah Elena Link, both Coordination Centre for Scientific University Collections in Germany (HZK), discuss academic collections in general and their sometimes problematic, imperial contexts of origin. The panel discussion with art historian Jo Vickery (Princeton/Berlin) and literary scholar Birgit Neumann (Düsseldorf) will take place within the framework of the research project “Afterlives of Empire – Encounters of Art and Academia”, initiated by Gesa Stedman (HU).

Art students from Oxford and Berlin habe been invited to work at Lichthof Ost, turning the room into a temporary studio, before transforming it back into an exhibition space. The students show how their interaction with several scientific collections at HU as well as with Berlin museums, among them the sound archive, the geographical collections, and the Winckelmann collection, have led to a new understanding of some of the colonial legacies at HU and in Berlin.

The panel discussion will take place on 10 September at 6:30 pm in the Lichthof Ost of the HU main building.

Curating as a cultural technique

Daniel Tyradellis, Vice Director of the Helmholtz Zentrum, will discuss in a panel discussion with cultural practitioners in Gera on 16 June 2023, starting at 6 pm: What can culture contribute to the cohesion of society today? What is the role of curating as a transdisciplinary cultural technique in a knowledge society?

Friday, 16.06.2023, 6.00 p.m.
Altes Wannenbad
Event space of the Kulturhaus Häselburg Gera

Sorting machines. The reinvention of the border in the 21st century

Dissolution of borders – this is the great narrative of globalisation: borders are becoming more permeable, cross-border mobility is becoming a universal experience, states are less and less able to effectively control their own borders. Steffen Mau shows in his new book “Sorting Machines. Die Neuerfindung der Grenze im 21. Jahrhundert” (Edition Mercator, CH Beck 2021), that this view is deceptive: in many places there has been a new fortification, the construction of new deterrent walls and militarised border crossings. Borders are also becoming increasingly selective and – supported by digitalisation – upgraded to smart borders, and border control has expanded spatially on a massive scale. Borders are still powerful sorting machines and today fulfil their filtering function more effectively than ever – moreover, as a global and highly diversified enterprise. Nowhere is the Janus face of globalisation more evident than at the borders of the 21st century.

Sociologist Steffen Mau (Humboldt Universität Berlin) will discuss the theses of his book with migration researcher Naika Foroutan (Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research – BIM) and philosopher Stefan Gosepath (Freie Universität Berlin). The event will be moderated by journalist Christiane Hoffmann (Der Spiegel).

An event of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in cooperation with the publisher C.H. Beck, the Cluster of Excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script – SCRIPTS and the Stiftung Mercator.

26.08.2021, 19:00 to 20:30
Humboldt Labor im Humboldt Forum
10178 Berlin

Admission free, registration required – free tickets from approx. 14 days before the event via the Humboldt Forum website.

Photo: Steffen Mau (c) HU/Matthias Heyde

Le voci ritrovate.

Le voci ritrovate: parole e canti di prigionieri italiani in terra tedesca durante la Grande Guerra.

An event of the Italian Centre of the FU Berlin, in cooperation with the Italian Cultural Institute Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Presentation by Dr. Britta Lange, Prof. Dr. Antonio Lucci, Emilio Tamburini (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Prof. Ignazio Macchiarella (Università degli Studi di Cagliari).
Discussion with Prof. Dr. Sebastian Klotz (Lautarchiv of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Dr. Albrecht Wiedmann (Berliner Phonogramm-Archiv, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin).
Introduction and moderation: Prof. Dr. Maria Carolina Foi (Italian Cultural Institute Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Filipponio (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).

15.06.2021, 19:00 c.t., online, Zoom

Presentation and discussion in Italian and German with simultaneous translation.

Le voci ritrovate @ Istituto Italiano di Cultura Berlino