THE VIENNA HUMANITIES FESTIVAL 2016 – Event with Mind-Broadening Side Effects

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Keeping away from tiresome and uninspiring talks and presentations – that is one of the goals the organisers of the Vienna Humanities Festival had in mind when they assembled their programme. And indeed, it is a lot that the IWM together with the Wien Museum and in cooperation with TTT (Time To Talk) have planned for the festival’s premiere: Not less than 40 talks, debates and presentations will be held simultaneously during the weekend of 23 – 25 September 2016 at four different locations. But do not worry: all the venues are right on event-proven Karlsplatz and therefore all within walking distance. The topic of this year’s festival “Andernorts/Out of Place” has its origins in the recent refugee crisis but goes far beyond. It deals with the movement of people, things and ideas as the basis of cultural history.

The event will start on 23 September at 6.30 pm at the Wien Museum. Barbara Coudenhove-Kalergi, the “grande-dame” of Austrian journalism, will have a talk with Chief-Editor of the daily newspaper der Standard, Alexandra Föderl-Schmid on the topic of flight and expulsion. On 24 and 25 September talks will be held at Wien Museum, the Technical University, Karlskirche and Brut Bar.

The dilemma starts when you take a look at the programme – the diversity of the speakers’ backgrounds ranges from history, philosophy to literature and makes it difficult to decide where to go first. To give you an idea: You may choose between a talk with historian Philipp Blom about his yet unpublished book, another with Gerald Knaus the founder of ESI (European Stability Initiative) on his take on the current situation of Europe, or with young film-director Anja Salmonowitz on “love beyond borders”. Furthermore, you may visit a Syrian-orthodox mass in Karlskirche or listen to a Read-a-thon by ten authors at Brut Bar. Our recommendation therefore can only be: brace yourselves for the Vienna Humanities Festival, there will be no time to sleep!

Vienna Humanities Festival is organized by Wien Museum, IWM and TTT.
The festival is supported by ERSTE Foundation.