Streit ums Politische 2020/21: »Geschichten vom Ende«
Heinz Bude and guests
On 26 October, 16 November, 7 December 2020 and 11 January 2020
Strong pronouncements about the end of our world currently abound. Capitalism is living on borrowed time; democracy has become a simulation of itself; art amounts to nothing more than the denunciation of art; and mankind destroys the only habitable planet. But these stories of the end times must be examined: What is the truth behind these claims? Are they primarily symptoms of our confused minds? Or should we be asking ourselves what we get out of seeing the world coming to an end? It is high time that we stop being so easy on ourselves, at least in our thinking. Otherwise we will just revel in the pleasures of doom that torture us so delightfully but which never actually lead to anything.
»Streit ums Politische« is a series of political discussions with Heinz Bude at the Schaubühne. It started in the season 2011 / 12. At the beginning of each new season, on four dates one or more guests discuss different aspects of the chosen topic.
Heinz Bude was born in Wuppertal in 1954, and lives in Berlin since 1974. Since 2000, he has been Professor of Macrosociology at the University of Kassel. Heinz Bude’s work focuses on the changes in social inequality and examines what this means for the self-generated actualities of contemporary societies. In 2014 he published »Gesellschaft der Angst« (»Society of Fear«), in 2016 »Das Gefühl der Welt. Über die Macht von Stimmungen« (»The Feeling of the World: On the Power of Moods«), in 2018 »Adorno für Ruinenkinder. Eine Geschichte von 1968« (»Adorno for the Post-War Generation«) and in 2019 »Solidarität. Die Zukunft einer großen Idee« (»Solidarity. The future of a great idea«).