A Programme Advisory Board composed of international experts advises the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in the thematic development of its programme. The Haus receives valuable additional stimulus through its active involvement in a network of cultural organizations around the world.
James Clifford (Santa Cruz CA / USA)
Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Professor Emeritus, History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz
After completing his PhD in European Intellectual and Social History at Harvard (1977), Clifford joined the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California. He has held visiting professorships at Yale, The Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, University College, London, the Freie Universität in Berlin and Stanford University. Clifford is an important historical critic of European systems of thought, particularly the concepts of “culture,” “man,” the “primitive,” and the “exotic”. Over the years, Clifford’s research and teaching has combined perspectives from history, literary analysis, anthropology and cultural studies, as well as drawing on contemporary poetics and museum studies. With books like Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography (1986) and The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art (1988), he played a central role in the debates of the mid-80s that changed fundamentally anthropological research practices and intellectual dispositions. Since then Clifford has written influential works on issues related to indigeneity, globalization, museum studies, literary and visual studies. He founded the renowned Center for Cultural Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Clifford continues to work on issues related to indigeneity, globalization, museum studies, literary and visual studies—all in cross-cultural translation.
Teju Cole (New York / USA)
Author and photographer
Teju Cole was born in the United States and raised in Nigeria. He is the author of the works of fiction “Open City” and “Every Day is for the Thief,” and the essay collection “Known and Strange Things.” He has received numerous recognitions for his work, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award, the Windham Campbell Prize, and in 2013 the Internationaler Literaturpreis – Haus der Kulturen der Welt. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and Photography Critic of the New York Times Magazine. His forthcoming book is "Blind Spot," which will be accompanied by a solo exhibition of his photography at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York in summer 2017.
Nick Currie (Osaka, Japan)
Nick Currie was born in Scotland. As a child he lived in Edinburgh, Athens and Montréal. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1984 and moved to London, where he began making pop records under the name Momus. Since then he’s lived in Berlin, New York and Osaka and released over thirty LPs, six novels, art performances, and a constant stream of journalism.
Prof. Dr. David Theo Goldberg (Irvine CA / USA)
Director and Professor at the University of California Humanities Research Institute,
Executive Director Digital Media and Learning Research Hub
David Theo Goldberg was born in South Africa and studied philosophy and economics in Cape Town and New York. He taught at a number of universities before being named Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute in 2000. Goldberg has researched and published widely, on subjects ranging from political theory, law, and society to critical race theory and racism, cultural studies, gender studies, and ethnic studies.
Prof. Dr. Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez (Giessen, Germany)
Sociologist, Professor of Sociology at the Justus Liebig University Giessen
Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez studied sociology, political science, and Romance languages in Frankfurt / Main, Lyon, and Quito, Ecuador. She has taught and worked at the universities of Manchester and Hamburg, as well as in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Austria, and Switzerland. Her areas of interest include global inequality and its local manifestations, and the application of a post-Marxist and decolonial perspective on migration, labor, and culture. Her research projects have been realized in part through support from the DFG (German Research Foundation), the British Academy, the EU, and the Ford Foundation. Gutiérrez Rodríguez has published broadly.
Ranjit Hoskoté (Bombay, India)
Author, Cultural Theorist, Curator, General Secretary of the PEN All-India Centre
Ranjit Hoskoté is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. He has authored 30 books including poetry collections, volumes of art criticism, translations, and studies in cultural history. His essays on art, architecture, literature, and the politics of culture have been published in international journals and anthologies. His key research interests include the history of transcultural encounter and the possibility of a critical, insurgent cosmopolitanism. Hoskoté co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008) and was curator of India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011).
Prof. Dr. Eva Illouz (Jerusalem, Israel)
Sociologist, Cultural Scientist, Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University Jerusalem, President of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Eva Illouz was raised in France and studied sociology, communications, literature, and cultural studies in Paris, Jerusalem, and Philadelphia where she obtained her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a visiting professor in Princeton, Paris, and Frankfurt / Main, where she delivered the 2004 Adorno lectures, as well as a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Her books, in which she examines relationships between consumer society, media, capitalism, and human emotions, have been translated into fifteen languages and are published in numerous editions. She has received numerous international awards.
Hassan Khan (Cairo, Egypt)
Artist, Musician, Writer
Hassan Khan works with images, sound, text, and space, and produces audiovisual media, videos, installations, and performances. Recent exhibitions include: Museum of Rhythm at Museum Sztuki in Lodz, 2017; The Portrait is an Address, Beirut Art Center, 2016; The Slapper and the Cap of Invisibility at Montreal Biennial, 2016; Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, 2015; The Flying Saucer at The Sharjah Biennial, 2015; Kodak Passageway, D-CAF, Cairo, 2014; The Unrest of Forms, Secession, Vienna, 2013; Hassan Khan, SALT, Istanbul, 2012; Documenta 13, Kassel, 2012; Intense Proximity, Paris Triennial, 2012; and The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, New York, 2012. Khan also regularly performs his own music live; recent appearances include: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2016; Sursock Gardens, Beirut, 2016; Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2015; SVNMASH Music Festival, Milan, 2015; Portikus, Frankfurt, 2015; The Toulouse International Art Festival, 2014; Maerz Musik Festival, Berlin, 2013 and Ghetto, Istanbul, 2013. His publications include "Twelve Clues" (2016), "The Agreement“ (2011) and "Nine Lessons Learned from Sherif El Azma“ (2009). Khan lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.
Sunjung Kim (Seoul, South Korea)
Sunjung Kim is the director of the Art Sonje Center, Seoul, and curator of the REAL DMZ PROJECT, which engages issues surrounding the division of Korea. From 1993 to 2004, Kim was the chief curator at the Art Sonje Center, Seoul, and in 2005 was Commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale. Kim was Artistic Director of Media City Seoul (2010), Artistic Co-Director of Gwangju Biennale (2012), and Artistic Director of ACC Research & Archive in Asian Culture Center in Gwangju (2014-2015).
Prof. Dr. Hansjürgen Rosenbauer (Berlin, Germany)
Cultural Theorist, Moderator, Chairman of the Media Council of the Medienanstalt Berlin Brandenburg (MABB), Member of the Supervisory Board of KBB GmbH since 2007
Hansjürgen Rosenbauer studied political science, sociology, and German studies in Frankfurt am Main and New York. He has worked as a journalist and program host for various German radio and television broadcasters, including as head of the foreign desk and director of culture, science, and education programming at WDR. He was director of Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg from its founding in 1991 until its fusion with Sender Freies Berlin in May 2003. He served as president of INPUT (International Public Television Screening Conference) and as professor at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
Mustafa Hussain Shabbir (Singapore)
Curator, Art Critic
Mustafa Hussain Shabbir is Senior Curator at the National Gallery Singapore, where he currently heads the curatorial team overseeing Between Declarations and Dreams: Art of Southeast Asia since the 19th Century, a long-term exhibition that surveys art about the region from the 19th century to present day. He curated Sea State featuring artist Charles Lim for the Singapore Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Much of his work at the Gallery involves meditating upon how time and the modern transact in Southeast Asia. From 2007 – 2013 he was Curator at the National University of Singapore Museum (NUS Museum).In 2013, he curated In Search of Raffles’ Light - An Art Project with Charles Lim, a three-year collaboration with the artist that tracked the immaterial, mundane and irreconcilable traces surrounding Singapore’s fractured relationship with the sea. Mustafa writes often, at times about the methodological considerations for the rethinking of curatorial practice in Singapore.