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City - Religion - Capitalism

Turning Points of Civilization
2014, Apr 03, Thu — 2014, Apr 05, Sat

Facade of the St. Patrick's Cathedral and Atlas statue | Jean-Christophe Benoist, Creative Commons

Facade of the St. Patrick's Cathedral and Atlas statue | Jean-Christophe Benoist, Creative Commons

City - Religion - Capitalism | The Principle of Capitalism, Bernd M. Scherer, Saskia Sassen, Joseph Vogl, Alexander Kluge (LTR) | © Sebastian Bolesch/Haus der Kulturen der Welt

City - Religion - Capitalism | The Principle of Capitalism, Bernd M. Scherer, Saskia Sassen, Joseph Vogl, Alexander Kluge (LTR) | © Sebastian Bolesch/Haus der Kulturen der Welt

City - Religion - Capitalism | The Principle of the City, David Chipperfield (l.) and Bernd M. Scherer (r.) | © Stephanie Pilick/Haus der Kulturen der Welt

City - Religion - Capitalism | The Principle of the City, David Chipperfield (l.) and Bernd M. Scherer (r.) | © Stephanie Pilick/Haus der Kulturen der Welt

City - Religion - Capitalism | The Principle of Religion, José Casanova (l.) and Alexander Kluge (r.) | © Sebastian Bolesch/Haus der Kulturen der Welt

City - Religion - Capitalism | The Principle of Religion, José Casanova (l.) and Alexander Kluge (r.) | © Sebastian Bolesch/Haus der Kulturen der Welt

City - Religion - Capitalism | The Principle of Capitalism, Bernd M. Scherer (l.) and Saskia Sassen (r.) | © Sebastian Bolesch/Haus der Kulturen der Welt

City - Religion - Capitalism | The Principle of Capitalism, Bernd M. Scherer (l.) and Saskia Sassen (r.) | © Sebastian Bolesch/Haus der Kulturen der Welt

City, Religion, Capitalism — these three concepts are essential to an understanding of contemporary societies. Inextricably linked with one another, they are central catalysts in the history of civilization.

In three panel discussions curated by Alexander Kluge and Richard Sennett, experts will negotiate these fundamental structures. Beginning with the first urban settlements in Mesopotamia, the historico-philosophical concept of the “axial age,” and early capitalism, they will draw connections to the present and future.

What emerging challenges will cities around the world have to come to grips with? What is the complexion of our contemporary understanding of ourselves and the world when viewed against the backdrop of current religious conflicts? And where are today’s capitalist economic systems leading us?

Preceding the discussions, thematic film programs specially put together by Alexander Kluge will have their world premiere at HKW.

In cooperation with Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft