Pressemitteilung vom 22.10.2018

Democracy Lecture #5

Democracy Lectures

Democracy Lecture 2018
Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik
Richard Sennett: The Struggle for the City
Lecture, discussion
Thursday, Nov 8, 2018, 7 pm
Free admission
Simultaneous translation in English and German

Will the city of the future be a place of openness and solidarity? Richard Sennett addresses one of today’s central questions and discusses how the struggles for democracy and for urban spaces are intimately linked.

Cities are booming. By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban centers. This dynamic already threatens to exacerbate existing problems: Gentrification, tourism, and rising rents are leading to displacement and housing shortages. The space for experimentation, for neighborly encounters, and intercultural exchange is dwindling.

What should the city of the future look like? This is the question asked by the sociologist and renowned intellectual Richard Sennett. He advocates a radically open city that, in spite of all its contradictions and diversity, will become the place for urban democracy and participation—for all.

After lectures by Thomas Piketty (2014), Naomi Klein (2015), Paul Mason (2016), and Wendy Brown (2017), Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik dedicates its fifth Democracy Lecture to the open city. This concept Richard Sennett examines in his latest book Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018 (Die offene Stadt. Eine Ethik des Bauens und Bewohnens, translated from the English by Michael Bischoff, Hanser Verlag 2018).

Following his lecture, he will discuss with Francesca Bria, an expert for technological policies, and the social scientist Andrej Holm. Moderator: Tamara Tischendorf.

Admission is free. For logistical reasons, admission tickets are required. They will be available for free at the box office on Nov 8 starting at 6 pm.


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Please send interview requests for Richard Sennett directly to Hanser Berlin: Thomas Rohde, , phone +49 (0)30 25 29 480-15

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Democracy Lecture by the Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik in collaboration with Haus der Kulturen der Welt. With kind support from Hanser Berlin. Haus der Kulturen der Welt is funded by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the German Foreign Ministry.