From Friday the 23rd through to Sunday the 25th September 2016, a number of Viennese locations in and around Karlsplatz played host to the first ever Vienna Humanities Festival, organised by the Institute for Human Sciences, Wien Museum and Time to Talk.
This year’s edition of the festival has now come to a close, yet recordings of the English-language discussions can be found on this page and many additional German-language recordings can be found on the IWM’s YouTube channel.
With around 40 discussions, an all day readathon and a performance by Natalia Vorozhbyt, the first ever Vienna Humanities Festival turned the city‘s Karlsplatz into a wide-ranging urban salon.
What do leading intellectuals have to say on the most pressing issues of our time? 2016‘s motto, andernorts [elsewhere]/out of place, had its origins in the current refugee crisis, yet went far and beyond this theme in order to bring clarity to the movement of people, objects and ideas.
Taking place in and around Vienna‘s Karlsplatz, the festival provided a full programme of free entry events featuring acclaimed speakers such as Sadik al-Azm, Arjun Appadurai, Phillip Blom, Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, Agnes Heller, Martin Pollack, Jan-Werner Müller, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Michael Rothberg and many more.
The festival commenced with an opening evening which saw Barbara Coudenhove-Kalergi talk about flight, the current refugee crisis and her own experiences as a German-speaking Bohemian in and after 1945. This very first event took place at the Wien Museum on Karlsplatz at 18:30 CET on Friday the 23rd September and you can find out more about it and all the other events in the festival programme.
Please note that the festival programme, like the festival itself, is mainly in German, however, there were several English-language events scheduled and these can be identified via their English-language descriptions in the programme.
As part of the festival, a readathon took place all day Sunday in brut. With recordings of the whole day now online, you can listen to the readathon and find our more about its speakers and texts on our dedicated page.
The 2016 edition of the festival has now come to a close, yet recordings of the English-language discussions can be found on this page and many additional German-language recordings can be found on the IWM’s YouTube channel.
1 – Wien Museum, Karlsplatz 8, 1040 Wien
2 – brut, Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Wien
3 – Festsaal der TU Wien, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien
4 – Karlskirche, Karlsplatz, 1040 Wien
If you are unsure where Karlsplatz itself is, please look at the map provided below.
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The Vienna Humanities Festival 2016 is a project of
which took place in cooperation with
with special thanks to
and many thanks to the festival’s location partners at the TU Wien, the Karlskirche and brut.