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Publics under Threat - Berlin

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im Hintergrund verschwommen: Hände halten Handys
Starts on
23.06.23
Ends on
23.06.23

19:00 — 20:30

Humboldt Graduate School Festsaal (2. OG) Luisenstraße 56 10117 Berlin

Event access: Public

Despite the expansion of new communication technologies, we have entered a dark age of public debates: AI-generated fake news, filter bubbles, and controlled information endanger democracies and shore up authoritarian governments. Consequently, the ideal of a public sphere where calm, rational arguments are exchanged is more remote than ever. Accessibility and inclusion are still largely out of reach. Instead, we witness increasing fragmentation and polarization. This has so far, however, been mostly explored in isolated national contexts, and not as a truly global phenomenon. On this evening in Berlin, we will transcend boundaries and borders to take a closer look at the Arab Middle East, Iran, and South Asia. Who is and can be part of publics in these regions? Who gets to participate? And which voices are excluded?

Our guests Amro Ali (Sociologist, Casablanca), Shenila Khoja-Moolji (Critical Muslim and Gender Studies, Washington, DC) and Ghazal Abdollahi (Artist and Activist, Berlin) will debate the challenges and threats to publics at our current moment, focusing on public protests and questions of gender. The discussion is hosted by Valeska Huber (Global History, Vienna) and Simon Wolfgang Fuchs (Islamic Studies, Freiburg).

The event builds on the research results of the Emmy Noether group "Reaching the People: Communication and Global Orders in the Twentieth Century" (FU Berlin, 2017–2022) and relates these results to current topics and conflicts.

The discussion will be followed by a reception from around 8:30 pm. The event will be in English.

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