Streitraum 16/17

Unlimited unbounded – or: why do we need borders?

Which forms of necessary and unnecessary borders do we have and need? Borders both exclude and confine, sometimes they protect, sometimes they imprison. Borders can be soft or hard. There are emotional and territorial borders, limits of tolerance and boundaries of shame. During the last two years seemingly firm lines have been crossed and open borders closed again. The 2016/17 season’s »Streitraum« discussion series seeks to address these different forms: which curbs on tolerance does an open society require? And what are the necessary limitations on »people should be allowed to say that«? On what sort of agreements are notions of distinctions between genders based? And between religions?

About Streitraum

“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.