How much inequality, how much injustice can a society actually endure? Have we now become so inured that we accept injustice as having – in Angela Merkel’s words – »no alternative«? How has it come about that the hardships and desires of the disadvantaged – the demands and protests of women or Muslims or the elderly – are now only raised by these people themselves and rarely succeed in mobilising those who are not directly affected? Is fatigue the reason for our willingness to tolerate economic inequality to an ever-growing extent? Or is it fear? Which strategies, which visions are required for the project of building a fair society? What significance does education have in this, what roles can theatre, film and literature play in generating images and narratives of equality and justice?
“Streitraum” is a panel discussion at the Schaubühne theatre in Berlin. It takes place once a month on a Sunday. Since 2004/05, Streitraum is curated and moderated by Carolin Emcke. She invites public discussions leaders from around the world in cultural studies, the humanities and social sciences. Every season has a different theme. The Streitraum sessions are usually recorded. You can find all video recordings since 2015 on this page. Recordings are mostly in German.