December 11, 2017

Troublemakers in modern culture: from Thomas Hobbes to Donald Trump

Event Series: Cultural Theories

December 11, 2017 7:30 PM  

A troublemaker disturbs the peace. He is unpopular with his contemporaries – unless he disturbs a decayed and false peace. Then he is welcomed as the one who breaks away from entrenched habits or corroded systems.  Modern culture is characterized by a special dynamic. For hundreds of years, it has been defined by a tension between order and disturbance. A fear of chaos is accompanied by the desire to break away. Today, concerns are growing about the security of civilized democratic achievements, but this is accompanied by the understanding that our society is undergoing enormous changes. It is time to take stock and consider aspects of conformity and dissent, integration and protest.

Prof. Dr. Dieter Thomä invites you on a journey of adventure in this lecture, which explores the splendor and misery of troublemakers in modern culture. This journey delves into the depths of history, looking at William Tell (“What's old collapses, times change, And new life blossoms in the ruins”) and ending in the present – with Donald Trump. 

This event is organized by the University of Stuttgart‘s IZKT, in cooperation with the Stuttgart Municipal Library and the Berthold Leibinger Foundation. 

Stuttgart Municipal Library
Mailänder Platz 1
70173  Stuttgart