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

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…

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

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Language, Society, Technology

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Language, Society, Technology 1024 647 Stefanie Ullmann

This workshop, the third in a series on the future of artificial intelligence, will focus on the impact of artificial intelligence on society, specifically on…

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Language, Gender, Technology

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Language, Gender, Technology 724 1024 Stefanie Ullmann

A report of the event as well as videos of the talks can be found here. The workshop will consider the social impact of Artificially…

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Language, Ethics, Technology

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Language, Ethics, Technology 1024 341 CRASSH Cambridge

A report of the event as well as videos of the talks can be found here. This is the inaugural workshop of Giving Voice to Digital…

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?

Meaning and Melancholia: Leo Tolstoy, Max Weber, William James

Meaning and Melancholia: Leo Tolstoy, Max Weber, William James 150 150 Tom Carlson

November 15, 2019 at 2 p.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A For a century now, Max Weber’s famous description of the genesis of the modern world as…

Denying Reality: A Polanyian Theory of the Contemporary Crisis

Denying Reality: A Polanyian Theory of the Contemporary Crisis 810 455 Tom Carlson

November 8, 2019 at 2 p.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A The present global environmental situation seems to be one of crisis, a failure to secure a…

Endless Happiness: Confessions of a Recovering Addict

Endless Happiness: Confessions of a Recovering Addict 889 1024 Tom Carlson

November 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. Robertson Gymnasium 1000A I set out to write about how to be happy, and my questions about happiness led…

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.

Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series (I)

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

The Center for the Humanities and Social Chnage is organising a series of seminars and lectures revolving around the Environmental Humanities from a wide array…

Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series. A seminar with Elizabeth DeLoughrey: The Postcolonial Roots of the Environmental Humanities

Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series. A seminar with Elizabeth DeLoughrey: The Postcolonial Roots of the Environmental Humanities 1024 576 Barbara Del Mercato

Venice, October 18 – 2.00-4.00 p.m. Ca’ Bottacin (Dorsoduro 3911), HSC seminar room (1st floor) Registration is necessary: please email hsc@unive.it The Center for the…

Serenella Iovino. Enrvironmental Humanities: Istruzioni per l’uso

Serenella Iovino. Enrvironmental Humanities: Istruzioni per l’uso 800 450 Barbara Del Mercato

Venice, October 7 at 4.30 p.m. Aula A Ca’ Bottacin (Dorsoduro 3911) The Center for the Humanities and Social Change is dedicating its third year…