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It used to be very easy to spot the Nazi: combat boots, shaved head, motorcycle jacket. The use of constitutionally banned symbols as an expression of corresponding beliefs was just as obvious. But what do we do when the dress code and visual imagery of right-wing groups cannot be distinguished clearly from the mainstream? What happens when progressive ideas such as feminism are hijacked by Nazi rhetoric? Status: It’s complicated. But how do we handle this new lack of clarity? The cultural scholars Elke Gaugele and Sarah Held explain how fashion and styles popularise extreme right-wing i…

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  • Wed. 08 June 2022
  • 10:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
  • Accessibility
    • Sign language interpreting Available
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

The pandemic is the time of rules and prohibitions: no touching, no parties, no sports, no holidays. All quite reasonable. But how do I deal with this unquenchable yearning for intensity? With this feeling of missing out whilst I protect myself? Aren't rapture and risk also part of a good life? Philosophy teaches us that rules and rapture, reason and irrationality are not simply opposites. Taming passions is part of the development of the subject as well as society. At the same time, it is not possible to suppress the yearning for rapture entirely. Together with the cultural philosopher…

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  • Wed. 08 June 2022
  • 10:00
  • Severinstorburg
  • Accessibility

13 Germans have travelled into space to date, among them astronaut Gerhard Thiele. In 2000, he went into space for eleven days aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. From there, he looked out upon our blue planet, but also on inconceivable darkness that boggled his mind. Anyone who observes the Earth from such a distance might well arrive at new perspectives on what kind of life we lead here, and whether there might be intelligent life somewhere out there. An avowed Christian as well as a scientist, Gerhard Thiele invites us to join him for a discussion on overwhelming dimensions, what we as…

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  • Wed. 08 June 2022
  • 10:00
  • Lutherkirche
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

It used to be very easy to spot the Nazi: combat boots, shaved head, motorcycle jacket. The use of constitutionally banned symbols as an expression of corresponding beliefs was just as obvious. But what do we do when the dress code and visual imagery of right-wing groups cannot be distinguished clearly from the mainstream? What happens when progressive ideas such as feminism are hijacked by Nazi rhetoric? Status: It’s complicated. But how do we handle this new lack of clarity? The cultural scholars Elke Gaugele and Sarah Held explain how fashion and styles popularise extreme right-wing i…

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  • Wed. 08 June 2022
  • 12:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

13 Germans have travelled into space to date, among them astronaut Gerhard Thiele. In 2000, he went into space for eleven days aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. From there, he looked out upon our blue planet, but also on inconceivable darkness that boggled his mind. Anyone who observes the Earth from such a distance might well arrive at new perspectives on what kind of life we lead here, and whether there might be intelligent life somewhere out there. An avowed Christian as well as a scientist, Gerhard Thiele invites us to join him for a discussion on overwhelming dimensions, what we as…

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  • Wed. 08 June 2022
  • 12:00
  • Lutherkirche
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

To do what is impossible in real life. To interactively experience new worlds. To be who and what you always wanted to be. Computer games multiply the opportunities to plunge into ever new roles and try out things that don’t work in reality. In recent years, the gaming scene has grown out of its niche. When we look beyond specific genres, such as first-person shooters, we discover that video games can bring us face to face with fundamental philosophical questions: How should I act? What is beautiful? And not least: Who am I? Dominik Erhard is Editor in Chief of the online version of the m…

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  • Thu. 09 June 2022
  • 09:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

Exercise at the sports club, a balanced diet and plenty of fresh air: we take care of our bodies. But what about our minds? Can we nurture them as well? How can we break out of negative mental loops and effectively counter worrying thoughts? In an era in which omnipresent digital offerings bleed our attention, in which anxieties are on the upswing and the pandemic has left its mark, it is becoming ever more urgent that we learn a mental practice that promotes intellectual autonomy and appreciative human interactions. The Dietrich Bonhoeffer High School in Bergisch Gladbach has been designated…

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  • Thu. 09 June 2022
  • 10:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

To do what is impossible in real life. To interactively experience new worlds. To be who and what you always wanted to be. Computer games multiply the opportunities to plunge into ever new roles and try out things that don’t work in reality. In recent years, the gaming scene has grown out of its niche. When we look beyond specific genres, such as first-person shooters, we discover that video games can bring us face to face with fundamental philosophical questions: How should I act? What is beautiful? And not least: Who am I? Dominik Erhard is Editor in Chief of the online version of the m…

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  • Thu. 09 June 2022
  • 11:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

Exercise at the sports club, a balanced diet and plenty of fresh air: we take care of our bodies. But what about our minds? Can we nurture them as well? How can we break out of negative mental loops and effectively counter worrying thoughts? In an era in which omnipresent digital offerings bleed our attention, in which anxieties are on the upswing and the pandemic has left its mark, it is becoming ever more urgent that we learn a mental practice that promotes intellectual autonomy and appreciative human interactions. The Dietrich Bonhoeffer High School in Bergisch Gladbach has been designated…

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  • Thu. 09 June 2022
  • 12:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

Trust shapes us all from earliest childhood: children trust their parents, and without trust we would be unable to make friends or find romantic relationships. At the same time, trust is also a pivotal political value: we need to trust both our fellow citizens and our political representatives if democracy is to function. Above all, we need to depend on them to represent our interests. How is such trust formed in the first place? Can we reason out whom to trust or is this more a matter of gut feelings? Can we also trust institutions? And can we criticise individuals for trusting too much or…

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  • Fri. 10 June 2022
  • 10:00
  • Lutherkirche
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

The dream of immortality is as old as humanity itself. The desire to overcome death has inspired people for millennia. This age-old dream of humanity is no longer merely the stuff of science fiction. The vision is becoming a reality: in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, publicly traded companies are working with the declared goal of “eliminating death”. Even though we all know that we will someday die, ageing, dying and death are increasingly being relocated out of our homes and into nursing homes and hospitals, so that we no longer experience them so directly. Most people apparently find it dif…

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  • Mon. 13 June 2022
  • 09:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

Everywhere, smart people talk about what they know: about the climate, the pandemic, the economy, the war. These experts propagate differing and often contradictory viewpoints. This is compounded by the opinions of people we see in our everyday lives, on social media or at demonstrations. Some are insightful, some sound unbelievable – but who knows whether they might be true after all? How can we decide what’s believable? Who can help me filter this information? Can we trust the swarm – can we trust the internet? Are there things we can’t know? And isn’t it sometimes better not to know for sure? Nad…

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  • Mon. 13 June 2022
  • 10:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

In the 18th century, the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau began his book on the social contract with the statement, “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” Rousseau was convinced that each person had the natural right to be free, and he thought deeply about what this means. Does being free mean not being dependent on anyone, or is it really about self-control and self-determination? How can one lead a self-determined life? And how can we reconcile our own freedom to decide what to do and how to think with the same freedom of other persons to live and think differently from us? We tal…

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  • Mon. 13 June 2022
  • 11:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

Everywhere, smart people talk about what they know: about the climate, the pandemic, the economy, the war. These experts propagate differing and often contradictory viewpoints. This is compounded by the opinions of people we see in our everyday lives, on social media or at demonstrations. Some are insightful, some sound unbelievable – but who knows whether they might be true after all? How can we decide what’s believable? Who can help me filter this information? Can we trust the swarm – can we trust the internet? Are there things we can’t know? And isn’t it sometimes better not to know for sure? Nad…

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  • Mon. 13 June 2022
  • 12:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

Tight bodies wherever we look. Everywhere, every day, we are confronted by how great others look and how important it seems to be to work hard to achieve that. Our bodies – a never-ending work in progress. Very few people are truly satisfied with their own appearance, and regularly suffer under comparisons with others on social media. Certainly a big reason why gyms, diets, cosmetic surgery and other optimization strategies are booming. But that’s just one side of the coin. The other has a lot to do with joy and vitality – with learning that we don’t always have to remain what we are, that we can inf…

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  • Tue. 14 June 2022
  • 10:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

Tight bodies wherever we look. Everywhere, every day, we are confronted by how great others look and how important it seems to be to work hard to achieve that. Our bodies – a never-ending work in progress. Very few people are truly satisfied with their own appearance, and regularly suffer under comparisons with others on social media. Certainly a big reason why gyms, diets, cosmetic surgery and other optimization strategies are booming. But that’s just one side of the coin. The other has a lot to do with joy and vitality – with learning that we don’t always have to remain what we are, that we can inf…

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  • Tue. 14 June 2022
  • 12:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

For many years, the following example taken from a textbook was discussed in the classrooms throughout the state of North Rhine-Westphalia: “A Turkish father in Germany forces his daughter to marry the son of his dead brother without her consent so that the latter can obtain a residence permit for Germany and thus secure his existence.” Recently, a class discussion in a high school in Siegburg triggered a storm of online outrage and subsequently a dispute as to whether the textbook needs to be rewritten. Some called the text racist, while others feared that substantive discussions of int…

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  • Tue. 14 June 2022
  • 12:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Induction loop Available
    • Wheelchair-accessible Available

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