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Acedia, brInertia, Latency

Inertia, Latency

Resistance to Acceleration

Screening & Discussion, 26 Jun 2024, 19:00

Resistance to acceleration ranges from a booming disconnectivity industry to reactionary criticism of modernity, from the inertia of institutions to the persistence of habitus, emotions, mentalities, and values, from temporalities of waiting and hesitation, nostalgia and remembrance to the relationship between ‘life time and world time’ (Blumenberg). Can art serve as an aesthetic and epistemological field of experimentation in which the paradoxes of forced acceleration and inertia are explored?

With Omer Fast and Ute Holl
Moderated by Fred Turner

Omer Fast will show several excerpts from his film works, which he will then discuss with Ute Holl and Fred Turner. 

Organized by the Centre for Digital Cultures of Leuphana University Lüneburg in cooperation with the ICI Berlin, in conjunction with the Stanford-Leuphana Summer Academy 2024

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Situating brVulnerability


Politics, Law, and Institutions

Symposium, 27 Jun 2024, 11:00

Vulnerability has emerged as a crucial term to describe the human condition, especially in light of the pandemic. Its etymology can be traced back to the Latin term ‘vulnus’, which denoted both a ‘generic wound’ and the ‘infringement of a right’. 

With Dorina Damsa, Olivia Guaraldo, Daniele Lorenzini, Sophie Nakueira, Liesbeth Schoonheim, and Deva Woodly

Organised by Natascia Tosel (ICI Berlin) and Valentina Moro (University of Verona / DePaul University)

An ICI Event in cooperation with Università di Verona. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement N° 101029336.

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Estelle brFerrarese


What Can a Vulnerable Body Do? On Power Within Powerlessness

Lecture, 27 Jun 2024, 19:00

When Spinoza famously posed the question ‘what can a body do?’, he (re-)introduced the body into philosophy and associated the body with power. This marked the beginning of a long tradition in which the body is treated as a proper object of philosophy, but only insofar as its (virile) effects on the world are concerned.

Part of the symposium Situating 

Public Livestream available
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Italy’s Contemporary brCinema of Migration

Italy’s Contemporary
Cinema of Migration

Symposium, 1 Jul 2024, 16:00

In recent years, Italy has undergone a significant transformation from a country of emigrants to a nation of immigrants from all over the world. The symposium focusses on Italy’s contemporary culture and representation of migration as well as on reflecting the practices of contemporary filmmaking.

Including the screening For a Son (Suranga Katugampala, 2016, 75 min).

With Simone Brioni, Suranga Katugampala, and Rosa Barotsi

An ICI Event in cooperation with the Italian Council

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Unconscious brSisterhood


Psychoanalysis after #MeToo

Lecture & Discussion, 5 Jul 2024, 19:00

Feminist movements are not only guided by ideals of normative justice, but are vital responses to traumas deeply rooted in the obscurity of singular histories. They are potent — they are desirable — because they have an unconscious meaning.

With Silvia Lippi, Patrice Maniglier, and Sinan Richards

Organized by Marta Aleksandrowicz and Chris Chamberlin

Public Livestream available
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Between Aesthetic Practice and Sociopolitical Challenge

Workshop, 11-12 July 2024

This workshop aims to critically examine artistic, literary, philosophical, and political strategies and practices of inaction. It looks at how these practices, on one hand, work against dominant cultural and political narratives and, on the other, are absorbed by capitalism and ultimately become neoliberal adjuncts to prevailing economic and political systems.

Organized by Oliver Aas, Hana Gründler, Antje Kempe, and Barbara Kristina Murovec

A Workshop of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Research Group ‘Ethico-Aesthetics of the Visual’ and University Greifswald, Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research, in Cooperation with the ICI Berlin

Registration will open on 25 June 2024

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D. Graham brBurnett

D. Graham

Apophetic Activism: Science, Politics, and Silence in the 1960s

Lecture, 11 July 2024, 19:00

 In this lecture, Burnett will sketch the contours of this important psychological research programme, in order to establish the background for a pair of significant counter-reactions that unfolded across the 1960s — projects that, he will argue, marked major reconceptualization of (negative) agency.

Part of the workshop Inactivity

Public Livestream available
Registration will open on 25 June 2024

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Stella brNyanzi


Unrecognized in Life, Misrecognized in Death
Drag! brQueer Crossings in Global Contexts

Queer Crossings in Global Contexts