Apr 28, 2022
Die Zivilisationsfrage – A conference on imperialist narratives of civilization and the possibility of social change
May 27–29, 2022
The conference takes the book The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow as a starting point to radically question imperialist narratives of civilization. From May 27 to 29, activists and researchers from history, archaeology and anthropology will discuss new empirical findings and emancipatory practices.
Is there no alternative to the current social order? Or could it be that long outdated basic assumptions about the development of human society prevent us from implementing the changes that are now necessary for our survival? In their book The Dawn of Everything, David Graeber and David Wengrow outline a new human history that turns our conventional understanding of the past on its head. The authors draw on often revolutionary insights from archaeology, anthropology and the knowledge of resistance movements and connect them in novel ways. What’s at stake is nothing less than new answers to the question: What does it mean to be civilized?
Organized by Anselm Franke and Bernd Scherer together with David Wengrow and Erhard Schüttpelz.
With contributions by Christina von Braun, Mirjam Brusius, Claudine Cohen, Rana Dasgupta, Nika Dubrovsky, Forensic Architecture, Alfredo González-Ruibal, Karin Harrasser, Brian Holmes, Robin D.G. Kelley, Jamie Kelsey-Frey, Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz, Angela Melitopoulos, Dirk Moses, Johannes Müller, Robbie Richardson, Brigitte Röder, Elif Sarican, Savitri D, Alain Schnapp, Erhard Schüttpelz, Jacques Servin, Alpa Shah, Liv Nilsson Stutz, Margarita Tsomou, David Wengrow
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Day 1 | Friday, May 27 2022
Anselm Franke, Bernd Scherer
Material Histories: Evidence Against the Standard Narrative
With presentations by Alain Schnapp, Liv Nilsson Stutz, Forensic Architecture, Johannes Müller, Alfredo González-Ruibal, Mirjam Brusius
Followed by a conversation with David Wengrow and Alpa Shah
Robin D.G. Kelley, Christina von Braun, Erhard Schüttpelz
Day 2 | Saturday, May 28 2022
Brian Holmes, Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz, Robbie Richardson, Elif Sarican
With presentations by Rana Dasgupta, Dirk Moses
Roundtable discussion with Rana Dasgupta, Dirk Moses, Elif Sarican, David Wengrow
Violence and Care: The Making of Gender in History
Roundtable discussion with Margarita Tsomou, Brigitte Röder, Claudine Cohen, Angela Melitopoulos, Karin Harrasser
Day 3 | Sunday, May 29 2022
Performance with Nika Dubrovsky, Jamie Kelsey-Frey, Savitri D, Jacques Servin
More Information: hkw.de/zivilisationsfrage
More on the Book
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
By David Graeber and David Wengrow.
Macmillan USA, 2021, 704 pages
German: Anfänge. Eine neue Geschichte der Menschheit, Klett-Cotta, 2022
For more information, please visit the publisher's website: us.macmillan.com
Current hours: Daily except Tue, 12 noon–8 pm
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Part of The New Alphabet (2019–22) supported by the Minister of State for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag.
In cooperation with Klett-Cotta.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by the Federal Foreign Office.
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