Shaul Bassi, Center Director, Venice
Cultural difference can push people apart; art and the humanities can bring them together in a sustainable world.
Thomas A. Carlson, Center Director, Santa Barbara
To answer the spiritual emptiness of consumer culture, reactive extremism in religion and politics, and radical transformations of life by technology, we need the humanities.
Barbara Del Mercato, Center Administrator, Venice
The path connecting the Humanities and Social Change is an intellectual and creative journey, its map gradually unfolding. I am glad to be on board as a project manager.
Zeynep Gambetti, Senior Fellow, Berlin
If history is valuable for understanding fascism, it is not because it enables us to describe what happened, but rather because it allows us to deduce from a specific combination of elements the effects that similar constellations are likely to produce today.
Rahel Jaeggi, Center Director, Berlin
Critical Theory, according to Max Horkheimer’s statement in 1937, forms the intellectual side of emancipation. To keep it alive, we have to relentlessly analyze the crises which shape our present and inform our emancipatory hopes.
Tiziana Lippiello, Board Member, Venice
As a scholar of Chinese culture, I believe that to be inclusive means to enhance cultural diversity, listen to and respect the other, and learn to share our thoughts and cultural habits.
Sabrina Marchetti, Board Member, Venice
As a feminist scholar, I believe in the power of art and of the Humanities in changing our understanding of society, culture and economic life. I am happy to be part of this project.
Lexi Neame, Dissertation Fellow 2017/18, Santa Barbara
I study how facts become authoritative in public life. For me, the task of the humanities is comprehension, or as Arendt put it: facing up to–and, where necessary, resisting–reality.
Erck Rickmers, Chairman
The world is in escalating crisis. We need an interdisciplinary effort to understand its underlying problems and inspire change.
Nina Rismal, Director
I am concerned with visions of utopian societies and their value for effecting desirable social change. Desire and hope for a better future lie at the core of my work in Humanities and Social Change.
Isette Schuhmacher, Research Assistant, Berlin
Historical change in line with a hegelian-marxian tradition comes about and runs through contradictory processes and crises. Given that currently emancipatory transformation is in a crisis, we need to uncover the inconsistencies, debris and hardenings that block its proceeding.
Zoë Sutherland, Dissertation Fellow 2017/18, Santa Barbara
As poetic making informs how individuals come to know and value each other in the early modern period, so for me it opens up questions of freedom and equality in our own.
Massimo Warglien, Board Member, Venice
Text analysis offers huge opportunities to improve how we understand and predict conflict.