2nd Preparation Workshop

Culture, Cooperation, Creativity: On global cultural conflicts and transcultural cooperation

11th October 2011

A Workshop of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI)) in cooperation with the Institute for Development and Peace (Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF)) and the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)) in Essen.

Historical experience shows that cultures – despite their notoriously open borders – press for their self-preservation and tend to accept particularly those influences which serve their own strengthening. If, and how, this fact restricts the possibilities for global cooperation will be examined by one cluster of the Käte Hamburger Collegium “Political Cultures of World Society” from February 2012.

On 11th October the second preparatory workshop took place at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI)): Under the title “Culture, Cooperation, Creativity: On global cultural conflicts and transcultural cooperation” experts swapped ideas on concepts of inter- and multiculturality from the perspective of cultural sociology. They discussed “divisible” and “non-divisible” conflicts and considered cosmopolitan, ethnocentric, religious and ethnic narratives of local tradition inventories. Among the participants there were Frank Adloff (Erlangen), Richard Bettmann (KWI), Navid Kermani (KWI), Ronald Kurt (Bochum), Helma Lutz (Frankfurt/Main), Carmen Meinert (KWI), Sighard Neckel (Frankfurt/Main), Jo Reichertz (University of Duisburg-Essen), Erhard Schüttpelz (Siegen), Hans-Georg Soeffner (KWI), Dietmar J. Wetzel (Bern) and Darius Zifonun (Berlin). Claus Leggewie, the director of the KWI, had invited to the workshop, together with Tobias Debiel of the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and Dirk Messner of the German Development Institute (DIE). In the following interview, two of the guests respond to the question whether cultural difference complicates global cooperation and what role power plays.

Workshop Programme (in German)

Workshop Documentation (in German)

Interview „Kultur, Kooperation, Kreativität“ on Vimeo (in German)