Henry Arnhold Dresden Summer School 2018

Identity in a Globalised World

Dresden, 24 September – 2 October 2018

The concept of identity plays a central role in current social debates and political polarisation. While some describe identity as an open construct that reflects global contexts and cosmopolitan attitudes, others associate the term more closely with the local, the original, the own, in short, with concepts that belong to a sense of ‘home’, whatever form that may take. How can identity in a globally interconnected world be understood in a way that takes the tensions that accompany this interconnection into account? How can institutions of art and culture, in their role as guardians of material culture, react to the current challenges? What understanding of identity shapes these institutions, and what offerings related to identity can they provide?

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