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Saturday, February 29 2020 since 1997 Winter Semester 2019/2020


The MOSSE-LECTURES will continue in Summer 2020 on topic

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Previous Guests

These speakers visited Humboldt-University in order to be guest of the Mosse-Lectures.

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Class Matters

Under the regime of a capitalist economy guided by profit interest, material insecurity and social fragmentation as well as inequality of life chances and educational opportunities are increasing for broad sections of the population; racist and social discrimination and exclusion are a daily experience for many. As a result, scholars in policymaking and the social sciences speak ever more frequently about the “return of class society”. Social movements emerge in different places, in various circumstances, driven by specific motivations. They are diversified and not centered any longer on the social and political organization of the working class. Equally diverse are their practices; they create confidence in their own power of emancipation and resistance thus replacing the former focus on class consciousness. Given a particular sense of belonging and solidarity shaped by birth, class and milieu, acquisition and possession, different lifestyles and habits, cannot be claimed solidly, but must be reconstructed symptomatically. Has an identity policy, accentuating the diversity of life design and lifestyle, replaced the organization of social policy? Has a liberalist and market orientated democracy, neglecting the obvious concerns of a “real existing class society” replaced social democracy? Can social change, apparent in our society, (an “authoritarian capitalism”, social movements of protest), bring forth a renewed “class policy”? How can new forms of solidarity and collectivity come into being in our times?

The MOSSE-LECTURES at the Humboldt University in Berlin are a cooperation of:


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Werkstätten der Zukunft. Berlin, 2018

Hendrik Blumentrath, Burkhardt Wolf (Eds.)

Contributors: Aleida Assmann, Eva Horn, Bruno Latour, Thomas Lemke, Stefan M. Maul, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Kathrin Röggla, and Joseph Vogl.

Mosse Almanach 2017. Berlin, 2017

Elisabeth Wagner (Ed.)

Summarizes and documents the scientific and public activity of the Mosse-Lectures with over 170 lectures in twenty years.

Konversionen. Berlin, 2016

Ulrike Vedder, Elisabeth Wagner (Eds.)

Contributors Sarah Stroumsa, Stefan Weidner, Christoph Peters, Klaus Briegleb, Thomas Macho, Eric Porath, Hans Joas and Stephen Greenblatt. Illustrations by James Turell.

Literarische Nachbarschaften. Berlin, 2016

Lothar Müller, Klaus R. Scherpe (Eds.)

Contributors Brigitte Kronauer, Reinhard Jirgl, Lutz Seiler, Colm Toibin, and Vladimir Sorokin, commented by Lothar Müller und Klaus Scherpe.

Europa in anderen Kulturen. Berlin, 2015

Klaus R. Scherpe, Elisabeth Wagner (Eds.)

Contributors Sebastian Conrad, Dan Diner, Wang Hui, Andreas Huyssen, William Kentridge, Jürgen Osterhammel, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Elisabeth Wagner and Georg Witte.

Staatsbürgerschaft. Berlin, 2012

Klaus R. Scherpe, Elisabeth Wagner (Eds.)

Contributors Étienne Balibar, Norbert Lammert, Philip D. Murphy, Dieter Gosewinkel, Ayelet Shachar, Samantha Besson, Aaron Ezrahi, Moshe Zimmermann, Anja Streiter, Guillermo Kuitca, commented by Elisabeth Wagner.

Korruption. Berlin, 2011

Elisabeth Wagner, Burkhardt Wolf (Eds.)

Contributors Maria Eichhorn, Stephan A. Jansen, Herfried Münkler, Ivan Krastev, Susan Rose-Ackerman, Johann Graf Lambsdorff, Gunter Gebauer, Ines Geipel and Wolfgang Schild.

VerWertungen von Vergangenheit. Berlin, 2009

Elisabeth Wagner, Burkhardt Wolf (Eds.)

Contributors Elena Esposito, Harun Farocki, Andreas Huyssen, Anselm Kiefer, Christoph Ransmayr, Wendelin Schmidt-Dengler (†) and Elisabeth Wagner.

Odyssen. Berlin, 2008

Elisabeth Wagner, Burkhardt Wolf (Eds.)

Contributors: Walter Burkert, Piero Boitani, Klaus Reichert, Friedrich Kittler, Elisabeth Wagner and Burkhardt Wolf.

Kontinent Kafka. Berlin, 2005

Klaus R. Scherpe, Elisabeth Wagner (Eds.)

Contributors: Walter H. Sokel, Elizabeth Boa, Gerhard Neumann, Detlef Kremer, Joseph Vogl, Klaus R. Scherpe, Benno Wagner, Elisabeth Wagner and Burkhardt Wolf

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