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In times of global economic crisis, increasing worries about the stability of states and political systems and, in view of profound demographic changes, attention focuses inevitably on processes which determine continuity and transformation of cultures, as well as their finite nature and downfall. What procedures, interests and institutions ensure and renew the cultural reproduction as tradition, heritage or memory? What is the role of literature and art, educational policy or – particularly relevant today – the transdisciplinary life sciences, and how do their procedures of reproduction relate to current economical and ecological circumstances? How do we act on the basis of things that have long been negotiated? Or do modern reproduction techniques detache the reproduced completely from tradition, as Walter Benjamin suggested? What are the challenges to reproducing existing systems of science and art, of legislative and religious norms? And what differential quality is intended when the anthropologist Homi Bhabha describes cultural reproduction succinctly as „always the same, but not quite“?

In a series of historical and contemporary contributions which have their focal point in the upheavals and reforms of society, the Mosse-Lectures look at the dynamics and crises of cultural reproduction. Questions range from cultural history and theory to variegated expert knowledge and current interventions and governmental practices. What role do crises and the perception of crises play for the optimization or the dissolution of social and political systems? What factors determine the duration and the transformation, the securing and the erosion of cultural units? In which way do the social, biological and symbolical processes of reproduction correspond or diverge? What historic and current forms of knowledge are invoked in each case?


Paul Rabinow Anthropologist, University of California, Berkeley Cultural Reproduction: Assembling the Contemporary Thursday, November 18, 2010, 07:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor


  • Paul Rabinow

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger Molecular Biologist and Science Historian, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin Differenzmaschinen. Über Reproduktion in den Wissenschaften Thursday, December 02, 2010, 08:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor


  • Herr Rheinberger vor den Humboldt-Porträt     © Niels Leiser
  • Hans-Jörg Rheinberger     © Niels Leiser

Carlo Ginzburg Cultural Historian, University of Pisa, UC Los Angeles Duplication as Distance. A Case Study Thursday, December 09, 2010, 08:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor


  • Carlo Ginzburg und Lorraine Daston     © Niels Leiser

Suzanne Romaine Merton Professor of English Language, University of Oxford Vanishing Voices: where have all the languages gone and what does it mean for cultural diversity Thursday, January 20, 2011, 08:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor


  • Suzanne Romaine     © Niels Leiser
  • Rainer Dietrich & Suzanne Romaine     © Niels Leiser

Ulrike Ottinger Film maker, Berlin Bamboo-Telefon und Gelbe Post Thursday, February 03, 2011, 08:15 pm, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 1st floor


  • Ulrike Ottinger & Dirk Naguschewski     © Niels Leiser
  • Ulrike Ottinger     © Niels Leiser