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Winter Recess 23

Recess 2023

11 Dec 2023 – 7 Jan 2024

The ICI Berlin is closed from 11 December 2023 – 7 January 2024 for winter recess. We will resume our public activities with the new term, starting on 8 January 2024 with Teresa Fankhänel's talk.

We thank our fellows, staff, associates, cooperation partners, and all the friends of the ICI Berlin and wish everyone healthy and joyful winter days and a happy new year 2024!

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Analog World-modelling: Anticipating a Post-war World Through Architectural Models

Lecture, 8 Jan 2023, 19:30

Theodore Conrad was an architect and master craftsman. His miniatures of Plexiglas and aluminum modelled a post-war landscape of glass-and-steel skyscrapers, sprawling business campuses, and domestic mid-century modernism from the 1930s onward. 

Part of the ICI Lecture Series Models 2023-24

Livestream available
At the venue: Registration required

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Wolff Bernstein

The Return of the Past in the Present: The Work of Edouard Manet

Lecture, 16 Jan 2023, 20:00

In contrast to today’s view that Manet re-interpreted scenes of the past and molded them in intriguing ways into contemporary images, ‘traditional’ critics accused him of plagiarism and technical inaptitude whenever they detected the influence of Italian or Spanish masters upon his work. 

Part of the Lecture Series Psychoanalytic and Cultural Theory

The lecture series is a cooperation of the Berlin Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (BiPP), the Cultural Science Institute of the Humboldt University Berlin, the International Psychoanalytic University (IPU), and the ICI Berlin

Livestream available
At the venue: Registration will open on 4 Jan 2024

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Without Identity

Discussion, 19 Jan 2024, 19:00

Based on an award-winning article that was censored before it could be published, Gender Without Identity — the text about which this evening’s discussion will revolve — offers a revolutionary new psychoanalytic theory of gender. 

With Ann Pellegrini and Avgi Saketopoulou
Moderated by Marta Aleksandrowicz and Ruth Ramsden-Karelse

At the venue: Registration will open on 4 Jan 2024

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The Nervous Statue

Lecture, 22 Jan 2024, 19:30

Eighteenth-century art and literature developed a veritable passion for the myth of Pygmalion. The revival of the Ovidian myth of the living statue served to call into question the divine nature of human creation. Since an artist can bring a statue to life, life is no longer God’s prerogative.

Part of the ICI Lecture Series Models 2023-24

Livestream available
At the venue: Registration will open on 9 Jan 2024

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KV Scale

ICI Fellowships

The ICI Berlin announces twelve post-doctoral fellowships for the ICI Focus ‘Scale’ of the ICI Core Project ‘Reduction’

Scales are used to quantify properties such as length and temperature, or also popularity and affect, but as Alice discovers in Wonderland, a change of scale can also have dramatic qualitative consequences. It disrupts customary ways of perceiving, acting, and being — to the point of feeling as ‘queer’ to her as a caterpillar’s metamorphoses. Helped by the arguably inextricable intertwinement of different meanings and aspects of ‘scale’, Alice’s experiences continue to provide apt metaphors for the disorienting importance and effects of scale and scaling at the time of hyperglobalization and the so-called anthropocene.

Interested applicants should read the full announcement on

Deadline: 8 January 2024, 14:00 (CET)

Symposium Recognition

Call for Papers!
Symposium Recognition

Symposium, 23-24 May 2024

Constitution as a viable social subject is dependent on being recognized by others as such, whether that recognition takes the form of an ethical gesture, a political objective, or a legal instrument. The desire for recognition is therefore often assumed to be universal. For many activists and theorists, recognition of rights and identities has been at the heart of social justice movements, particularly since the 1980s.

Organized by B Camminga, Ruth Ramsden-Karelse, Natascia Tosel

Please send 300-word abstracts for 15 to 20minute papers to

Deadline: 15 January 2024



Havana Apartment-Galleries and International Art Circuits

Analays Alvarez Hernandez

Worlding Public Cultures
Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2023

Open Access

Havana’s apartment-galleries have been vital venues for the city’s art scene since the 1990s, hosting art exhibitions, workshops, and conferences. In the context of Cuba’s limited art market and dearth of cultural institutions with international reach, these residential spaces have offered artists a unique opportunity to display their work and to connect with international art circuits. Focusing on the histories of three specific apartment-galleries — El Apartamento, Estudio Figueroa-Vives, and Avecez Art Space — this chapbook reflects on the complex interplay of the local and the global in the ‘worlding’ of cultural institutions.

Paperback | 10 EUR

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Ankhi brMukherjee


Unseen City: The Psychic Lives of the Urban Poor


World Picture Conference
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Models as Media of Worlding in Sadie Benning and Fernand Deligny
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Dynamics of
the Intransitive

Undirected Interventions