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Bad Taste?


Culture and Consumption in the Great Acceleration

Symposium, 17 Jun 2022, 10:00 - 20:00

What might it mean to treat the climate crisis as a crisis of culture? This in-person symposium approaches the period since the 1950s of accelerating consumption and environmental destruction as a question of taste. What kinds of tastes propelled the Great Acceleration? And what follows for the history of aesthetics and cultural critique?

Organized by Benjamin Lewis Robinson and Caroline Lillian Schopp

An ICI Event in cooperation with LMU Munich, this project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 101025546.

In-person: Registration required

Seeing and brScale

Seeing and

Geographies of Computer Vision

Discussion, 20 Jun 2022, 19:00

Kate Crawford and Trevor Paglen will talk about the histories, anatomies, and applications of computer vision systems.  Together they will draw on the literature on operational images, the statistical turn in vision research, and their own projects of building neural nets.

Organized by the Centre for Digital Cultures of Leuphana University Lüneburg in cooperation with the ICI Berlin

In-person: Registration required

The Case


Symposium, 23-24 Jun 2022, 11:00

‘Case’ derives from the Latin casus, which denotes a fall, a chance event, a misfortune or accident. A case seems to portend a twist of fate, even death, but whose? In two distinct fields in which the case looms large — law and psychoanalysis — it is knowledge itself that falls before the case.

Organized by Christopher Chamberlin and Xenia Chiaramonte

Keynote by Thomas Macho, 23 Jun 2022, 18:30
Performance by Sora Han, 24 Jun 2022, 18:30

In-person: Registration required

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Naming brTouch


Symposium 28-29 Jun 2022, 15:00-21:00

What is the relationship between naming and touching? This symposium explores the haptic effects of names as well as the attempt to name haptic experience through the lens of anthropology, performance studies, philosophy, and psychoanalysis.

Organized by Iracema Dulley and Rachel Aumiller 

Public Livestream available
In-person: Registration required

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brHere, Now, and Hereafter


Here, Now, and Hereafter

Discussion, 30 Jun 2022, 19:00

This event will address how global ideas of gender are changing in the contemporary world and examine the ways in which ‘gender‘ can be understood as an artifact of the biocentrism that structures the modern Eurocentric worldview.

An event of the American Academy in Berlin in cooperation with ICI Berlin. Generously supported by the Mellon Foundation

With Tamara Adrián, Julia Ehrt, and Susan Stryker

Public Livestream available
In-person: Registration required

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Rethinking Lyric brCommunities

Rethinking Lyric

Workshop, 5 Jul 2022, 14:00

Across different epochs and cultural traditions, lyric poetry manifests peculiar ways of making its language and forms shareable and emerges as a privileged site to explore models of community and their politics. By bringing the investigation of historical poetic communities into dialogue with recent developments in the theory of the lyric, this workshop will explore the lyric, in its longer history and transnational features, as a discursive mode that may offer alternative models of community formation.

Organized by Irene Fantappiè, Francesco Giusti, and Laura Scuriatti

In cooperation with ICI Berlin, Bard College Berlin, and EXC Temporal Communities of FU Berlin. With the support of the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership

Keynote: Poetry, Community, Translation, 5 Jul 2022, 19:30

In-person: Registration opens on 21 June 2022

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Openness in Medieval Europe

Openness in
Medieval Europe

ed. by Manuele Gragnolati and Almut Suerbaum
Cultural Inquiry, 23
Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022

Open Access

This volume challenges the persistent association of the Middle Ages with closure and fixity. Bringing together a range of disciplines and perspectives, it identifies and uncovers forms of openness which are often obscured by modern assumptions, and demonstrates how they coexist with, or even depend upon, enclosure and containment in paradoxical and unexpected ways. Explored through notions such as porosity, vulnerability, exposure, unfinishedness, and inclusivity, openness turns out to permeate medieval culture, unsettling boundaries, binaries, and clear-cut distinctions.

Print version (Paperback) 17 €
Print version (Hardcover) 32 €

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Insa brHärtel

‘Penile Stile‘:
Filmische Figuren der Impotenz

WS Theorizing Through the Global South

Theorizing Through
the Global South

The Animism of brModern Property

The Animism of
Modern Property

Monique David-Ménard