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 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 Capitalism, Bernd M. Scherer (l.) and Saskia Sassen (r.), © Sebastian Bolesch/Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Apr 03–05, 2014

City – Religion – Capitalism

Turning Points of Civilization

Conversations, Discussions, Films

Apr 3–5, 2014

City, Religion, Capitalism – without these three structures, today’s Western societies cannot be comprehended. The filmmaker Alexander Kluge and the sociologist Richard Sennett (London/New York) trace decisive turning points in these three areas as they look back over the history of humanity.

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