Politics and Identity

Sep 10, 2017 10:00 am
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Service Hall
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A plurality of voices and demands is good for democracy, but how can the balance between the needs of individuals, groups and the wider public interest best be preserved? How can we make possible the development of a wider sense of individual identity that is not primarily defined by race, gender and religious or other ideology? How can the phenomenon of »groupthink« be overcome and differing interests be reconciled?


PRIYA BASIL [GB/ D] is a novelist and essayist. A co-founder of »Authors for Peace«, she has been engaged in various political initiatives, most recently launching a campaign for a European Public Holiday. She worked with the ilb to conceptualize and curate the »International Congress for Democracy and Freedom«.


JULIA ECKERT [CH/ D] is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern. Her research interests are in legal anthropology and the anthropology of democracy.

ALADIN EL-MAFALAANI [D] is Professor of Political Science at the Fachhochschule Münster. His research focuses on migration, integration, education, and youth.

MOHSIN HAMID [Pakistan] is a writer and journalist who regularly contributes to international newspapers. His award-winning novels have been translated into over 30 languages.

BASHSHAR HAYDAR [Lebanon] is Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut. He specialises in moral theory, applied ethics, and aesthetics.