Distinguished Fellow 2019

Prof. Dr Harald Welzer: “Building the Civilisational Project. The Continuation of Modernism” 8 – 14 July 2019

The successful series presented by the Distinguished Fellows of the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche continues in summer 2019. We are delighted to welcome the well-known sociologist, social psychologist and political scholar Professor Dr Harald Welzer as our next Distinguished Fellow.

The denizens of modern times look back at a history of breath-taking human progress – albeit repeatedly interrupted and often ambivalent. They enjoy an unprecedented standard of civilisational achievement in matters of freedom, participation, security and prosperity. However, the metabolic process that drives this progress is at risk of stalling in the 21st century; it is simply too destructive to the climate, the biosphere, the oceans and millions of people. This insight is the subject matter of countless studies, books and films. There is no shortage of knowledge about the condition of the world, but rather a shortage of will to meaningfully change the situation. These lectures will address the possibilities of promoting such a will.

Professor Welzer is the founding director of futurzwei. Stiftung Zukunftsfähigkeit. Following his fundamental contributions on Nazi commemorative tradition and perpetrator research, Professor Welzer has turned his attention to issues of social transformation in a post-growth society. His past publications include “Opa war kein Nazi” (Grandpa Was No Nazi, 2002), “Täter. Wie aus ganz normalen Menschen Massenmörder werden” (Perpetrators. How Completely Normal People Become Mass Murderers, 2005), “Das Ende der Welt, wie wir sie kannten” (The End of the World As We Knew It, 2009), “Selbst denken. Eine Anleitung zum Widerstand” (Thinking for Oneself. Instructions on Resistance, 2013) and “Wir sind die Mehrheit. Für eine offene Gesellschaft” (We are the Majority. An Appeal for an Open Society, 2017).

The event is open to the public, and admission is free.
Further information about the programme are available here.

Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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