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Student Council zu "Democracy and Vulunerability"

mit Sophie-Charlotte Opitz

Los Angeles

Das Wende Museum, dublab radio, und das Thomas Mann House laden sie ein zur ersten Folge unserer monatlichen Interviewreihe zum Thema "Democracy & Vulnerability!" Wie sollte eine Demokratie mit ihren eigenen Schwachstellen umgehen? Wie müssen sich Demokratien entwickeln, um erfolgreich mit den weltweit zunehmenden ökologischen Krisen, geopolitischen Spannungen, wirtschaftlichen Ungleichheiten und Kulturkriegen umzugehen? Wie viel Verwundbarkeit kann eine Demokratie ertragen?

 
*Diese Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt*

The Student Council consists of a team of highly engaged, talented, and diverse high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who invite prominent guest speakers to discuss topics relating to art, culture, politics, and society. In conversation with academics, journalists, politicians, and artists, the students will explore the various threats to democratic institutions and principles worldwide, as well as strategies to potentially overcome these threats. The series focuses on the new annual topic of the Thomas Mann House, "Democracy & Vulnerability:" Democratic processes are dynamic, inclusive, and human-centered but at times also messy, arbitrary, and even contrary to democracy itself. How should a democracy deal with its own vulnerabilities? What are the responsibilities of a democracy toward the most vulnerable in its populace? How do democracies need to evolve to deal successfully with increasing global levels of ecological, geo-political, and economic precarity? How much vulnerability can a democracy endure?

The first guest for the 2024 council will be Thomas Mann Fellow, Media Studies Scholar & Curator Sophie-Charlotte Opitz, whose work focuses on the relationship of protest movements, image strategies and artificial intelligence.


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January Speaker

Sophie-Charlotte Opitz is a media and memory studies scholar and curator. She studied philosophy and art education at Goethe University Frankfurt and subsequently completed her doctorate. In 2019 she began her curatorial practice as a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and afterwards worked internationally as a curator and director in museums in Germany, Switzerland, and England. In addition to her monograph "Bilderregungen. Die Produktionsmechanismen zeitgenössischer Kriegsfotografie", she regularly publishes in academic journals, exhibition catalogues, and photography books, especially on aspects of collective memory cultures and global image politics. She is a 2023 Thomas Mann Fellow. In her project, she is researching new forms of protest which strengthen political visibility during critical times.

 
Watch our November interview with special guest Chief Curator and Director of Programming at the Wende Museum, Joes Segal, that took place in person in Los Angeles and stay tuned for our most recent interview with Photographer, Myriam Boulos!

The Political Mandate of the Arts with Joels Segal

Previous guests on the show were David Horvitz, Ebow, Ghayath Almadhoun, Heidi Duckler, Steven D. Lavine, Cauleen Smith, Sonali Kolhatkar, Amanda Beech, Sasha Razor, Elizabeth Ai, Joes Segal, and Myriam Boulos. You can watch previous episodes on YouTube, listen to the recordings on dublab radio, or read our students' recap on the Thomas Mann House blog.

 
The event series is a collaboration with the Wende Museum Culver City, dublab and the Thomas Mann House Los Angeles.

Datum
24.01.2024