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.

Re-Thinking Socialism

Re-Thinking Socialism 724 1024 Susann Schmeisser

Against the background of failed state socialisms and the crisis of socialism in Latin America, the term “socialism” was long frowned upon when it came…

50 Years on: New Readings of Adorno

50 Years on: New Readings of Adorno 800 800 Susann Schmeisser

Bei der Frankfurter Adorno-Konferenz 2003 konstatierte Axel Honneth eine „dramatische Abkehr“ von Adornos Philosophie und beklagte das Fehlen eines „vitalen, spannenden Forschungsmilieus“. Davon kann heute…

Walter-Benjamin-Lectures 2019

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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…

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

When Does Explaining Become Explaining Away?

When Does Explaining Become Explaining Away? 1024 683 Federico Brandmayr

The Last Day of a Condemned Man (1869) by Mihály Munkácsy.  In the public domain (Wikimedia Commons). When Does Explaining Become Explaining Away? Compassion, Justification…

Disaster Response | Knowledge Domains and Information Flows

Disaster Response | Knowledge Domains and Information Flows 1024 683 Hannah Baker

Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland. Image by JohannHelgason/Shutterstock.com DISASTER RESPONSE Knowledge Domains and Information Flows 11 February 2020, 10.30:17:00 Cripps Court, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, CB3 0AG…

When Does Explaining Become Explaining Away? Compassion, Justification and Exculpation in Social Research

When Does Explaining Become Explaining Away? Compassion, Justification and Exculpation in Social Research 795 599 Federico Brandmayr

The Expertise Under Pressure project hosted its first workshop on 27 September 2019 at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)…

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?

This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom

This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom 1024 766 Tom Carlson

Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2020 at 2 p.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A In…

Atmospheres and Affective Climate Change

Atmospheres and Affective Climate Change 1024 650 Tom Carlson

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A In recent years a growing number of thinkers from a variety of disciplines (e.g. philosophy,…

Hooked: Art and Attachment

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Friday, February 7, 2020 at 2 p.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A Based on her forthcoming book of the same title, this talk makes a case for…

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.

Shaul Bassi in Princeton: Venice, Climate Change, and the Crisis of Imagionation

Shaul Bassi in Princeton: Venice, Climate Change, and the Crisis of Imagionation 1024 426 Barbara Del Mercato

February 20, 2020 at 4.30 p.m. 165 Wallace Hall, Princeton University Princeton, NJ HSC Venice Director Shaul Bassi will present a lecture organized by the…

Alessandra Viola: Trash! All you should know about garbage.

Alessandra Viola: Trash! All you should know about garbage. 1024 485 Barbara Del Mercato

Venice, February 10 at 5.30 p.m. Aula A Ca’ Bottacin (Dorsoduro 3911) Re Mida trasformava tutto quello che toccava in oro. Noi, più modestamente, in…

Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series (II)

Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series (II) 1024 576 Barbara Del Mercato

The Center for the Humanities and Social Change continues the series of seminars and lectures revolving around the Environmental Humanities from a wide array of…