Fall Seminar 2019

“Religion and Identity: Understandings of Self, External Attributions, and Collective Identities”

25th to 29th September 2019
Begegnungsstätte Schloss Gollwitz, Brandenburg/Havel

Hybrid identites, self-determination, external attribution: How do individuals and society express diverse orientations, backgrounds, and affiliations? How do people grapple with their own heritages, religious affiliations, and sexual and gender identities, and which linguistic, media, and artistic vehicles do they use to express them? What roles do identities and their labels play in political and legal processes, in socio-political discourses and debates in Europe? Is it possible to bring together particular identity and social cohesion, or are identity politics and societal cohesion contradictory? We seek to figure out how we actually speak about ourselves and others, and how we could speak, with Dialogue- Perspectives’ foundational assumption of pluralism as our conceptual starting point.



˝The programme makes possible something that is all too rare in our society these days: speaking and having discussions across borders, not about each other, but with each other. That can be a hard slog at times, but at the same time the format makes space for follow-up questions and deeper conversations that are only possible through trust on all sides.

Felix, DialoguePerspectives alumnus