We currently provide funding to four theme-focused research centers located at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Cambridge, the University of California and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACY

Our economic system creates vast inequality and devastates human as well as natural resources. Our political institutions increasingly alienate those they purport to represent. We analyze the crises of capitalism and democracy, bringing the tools of social philosophy to bear on the present.

Walter-Benjamin-Lectures 2019

Walter-Benjamin-Lectures 2019 724 1024 Susann Schmeisser

This June, the Humanities and Social Change Center Berlin will launch its new event format, the annual Walter-Benjamin-Lectures. The Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor inaugurates the…

International Summer School Critical Theory 2019

International Summer School Critical Theory 2019 724 1024 Susann Schmeisser

Democracy is in crisis. Various phenomena such as the electoral success of authoritarian leaders, distrust in public institutions and media, rising social tensions, neo-nationalism and…

Krise, Kritik und Zukunft des Sozialstaats

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Im Rahmen der Reihe „Critical Theory in Context“ (Lehrstuhl für Sozialphilosophie/Center for Humanities and Social Change, HU Berlin) diskutieren Claus Offe (Professor Emeritus of Political…

TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY

The breadth and depth of technological change is impacting all areas of society and leading to unprecedented social change. What are the perils and possibilities of technology for democracy? What is the impact of technology on social cohesion and cultural diversity? Do we need a new ethics for technology? How do we respond and adapt to the pressures technology is placing on us? These are some of the critical questions addressed by the Cambridge Center

FACT AND VALUE - AFTER TRUTH

How might we promote the value of facts in public life while acknowledging also the fact that such life is driven by multiple, competing, and often irreconcilable values?

A Defense of Reading at the End of the World

A Defense of Reading at the End of the World 795 1024 Tom Carlson

May 13, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A In 1936, Wallace Stevens argued for the need for a poetic response to the crises of…

The Ethics of Powerlessness

The Ethics of Powerlessness 700 525 Tom Carlson

Keynote PresentationsTuesday, April 16 Robertson Gymnasium 1000A, 4 pm The Idea of the Theological Virtues    Daniel Watts, University of Essex The doctrine of the…

Regression, Ressentiment and the Crisis of Democracy

Regression, Ressentiment and the Crisis of Democracy 900 201 Tom Carlson

March 22, 2019 at 10 a.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A In this seminar discussion of her paper “Regression, Ressentiment and the Crisis of Democracy,” Rahel Jaeggi…

CULTURAL PLURALISM

Venice has been for centuries a crossroads of civilizations. It shows how out of pluralism comes diversity, out of diversity comes change.
The Humanities can help us imagine and bring about that change.

Archive of the Present: Mayank Austen Soofi and Dayanita Singh in conversation (Introduced by Anna Gerotto)

Archive of the Present: Mayank Austen Soofi and Dayanita Singh in conversation (Introduced by Anna Gerotto) 1024 768 Barbara Del Mercato

A new event from the cultural program organized around Edmund de Waal’s exhibition “psalm” (May 8th-Sept 29th, 2019) Venice, 22/05/2019 at 5.30 p.m. Ca’ Bottacin (Dorsoduro 3911)…

Programma culturale in concomitanza di “psalm” di Edmund de Waal

Programma culturale in concomitanza di “psalm” di Edmund de Waal 1001 1024 Barbara Del Mercato

Il Center for the Humanities and Social Change dell’Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia collabora con Edmund de Waal organizzando un ricco programma di eventi culturali che accompagneranno…

Opening of the “psalm” cultural program: Ben Okri and Edmund de Waal

Opening of the “psalm” cultural program: Ben Okri and Edmund de Waal 1024 899 Barbara Del Mercato

The Venice Center for the Humanities and Social Change collaborates with Edmund de Waal organising a rich cultural program around his exhibition “psalm” (May 8th-Sept 29th, 2019)…