Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School 2015

Culture in Times of Uncertainty

05 - 16 October 2015

Deep-seated insecurities characterise our society today. Our images of the world, our moral values and our traditional structures of knowledge have been shattered. This raises the question of how cultural institutions can respond to an environment that is full of ambiguities and changing at an ever-faster pace, both digitally and globally. How can they position themselves in the face of such diagnoses as ‘fleeting times’ or ‘liquid modernity’ (Zygmunt Bauman), in which the ‘flexible person’ (Richard Sennett) in a ‘provincialized Europe’ (Dipesh Chakrabarty) is exposed to such rapid ‘acceleration’ (Hartmut Rosa) that the prevailing sense of uncertainty and dissolution of boundaries create a ‘society of fear’ (Heinz Bude)?

The Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School 2015 discussed strategies and opportunities that can be undertaken by cultural institutions to meet the challenges arising from this uncertainty and to develop ways of dealing with it.