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Why we cannot talk about Islam - Lecture and Discussion

Helmut Dahmer│Vladimir Vertlib│Sama Maani Poster_Le Donja

How does it come that we perceive the rejection of Islam as "racist" - but not the rejection of Christianity? Why were the demonstrators of the Arab Spring for us first of all Muslims - the demonstrators of occupy movement in New York but not Christian? Why are we talking about when we pretend to talk about Islam, about all kinds of things (terrorism, migration, integration) - not only about Islam? And: What has our (not-) talking about Islam to do with our own relationship to religion?

Three lectures, followed by a discussion.

The Speakers:

Helmut Dahmer studied sociology and philosophy under Helmuth Plessner, Theodor W. Adorno and Jürgen Habermas. In the years 1968-1992, he edited the monthly psychoanalytic magazine Psyche. In 1984 he was part of the founding board of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. From 1974-2002 he taught Sociology at the Technological University of Darmstadt. Since 2002 he is a freelance journalist living in Vienna.

Publications: Libido and Society (1973, 1982); Pseudo natural and Criticism (1994); Sociology after a barbaric century (2001); Divergences (2009); The unnatural Science (2012); Interventions (2012).

Vladimir Vertlib, born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), author, lives in Salzburg and Vienna. Numerous novels, stories and essays. In 2001 he received the Anton Wildgans and the Adalbert von Chamisso Prize.

Sama Maani, born in Graz. Study of Medicine in Vienna and Philosophy in Zürich, lives as a writer, psychoanalyst and psychiatrist in Vienna.

Publications in literary magazines (including colic and wespennest) and anthologies. 2004 Prize in the literature literary competition Writing between the cultures. 2007 Austrian State Scholarship for the novel project Faithless.

In cooperation with the AAI - Graz.


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