• 07​ 10​ 2016 •
Arjun Appadurai Hope and Violence: Future-Building among Refugees


Venue: Stadtgarten, Venloer Straße 40, 50672 Cologne
Combined ticket for Arjun Appadurai and Uriel Barthélémi: 8 €, reduced 5 €
Doors open 18:30
In English

Refugees are often seen as simple products of their pasts, as they flee suffering, oppression and fear, escaping from war, political persecution and economic hardship. They are less often seen as having “the capacity to aspire,” to hope, dream or imagine. But in exercising this capacity, especially in regard to their new and difficult journeys, they often have to contend with the violence of borders, police and hostile local populations. The journey to a new land without proper documents or security involves an inner struggle for all refugees, between the horizons of hope and the realities of fear, uncertainty and surveillance. In this process have to create new terms for the inner struggle between violence and hope. In his lecture, renowned thinker Arjun Appadurai explores the inner struggle between hope and violence in refugee populations.

Arjun Appadurai is the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He has authored numerous books and scholarly articles, including Fear of Small Numbers (Duke 2006) and Modernity at Large (University of Minnesota Press). Appadurai’s latest book, The Future as a Cultural Fact, was published by Verso in 2013.