The Gift: A Form of Cooperation

23 September 2014

An invitation to a meal is a widespread form of gift with which not only you give, but invest something and oblige the recipient to return the favor. At the same time, a joint meal provides something else, a sense of community, as if one partook of others with the food consumed. Today, the exchange of gifts has often been reduced to the economic exchange of goods. This symposium of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) has sought to examine the potential of the gift today, especially in light of global cooperation in world society.


  • Harald Lemke (Centre for Gastrosophy, Salzburg)
    Die gute Gegengabe. Annäherungen an eine gastrosophische Anthropologie
  • Schamma Schahadat (University of Tübingen):
    Wer isst wo mit wem? Mit dem anderen essen statt den anderen zu essen
  • Sebastian Schellhaas (University of Frankfurt/Main) and Mario Schmidt (Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Duisburg)
    Brown bags und tote Hühner - Oder wie man gemeinsam einsam und einsam gemeinsam is(s)t
  • Stephan Lorenz (University of Jena)
    An der Tafel - Vom Umgang mit Überfluss
  • Christine Unrau (Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Duisburg / University of Cologne)
    Festmahl aus dem Müll: „Containern“ zwischen Retten, Jagen und Schenken

Claus Leggewie, Co-Director of the Käte Hamburger Kollegs / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) and Director of the KWI

The symposium was embedded in the Festival of the Arts - Ruhrtriennale.

Time: 14:00–17:00 h
Venue: Gebläsehalle at the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (Emscherstraße 71, Duisburg)

Invitation flyer