Growing up as a child of Jewish parents in Algeria, Hélène Cixous' biography bears traces of the great political conflicts of the 20th century. An existence between languages and cultures is a common thread throughout her work and is also expressed in her philosophical thinking. Facing the growing influence of nationalist and neo-fascist currents, the fundamental insistence on diversity and difference in her thought is today more crucial than ever.
In light of today's political, economic and social crises, the focal point of the 2017 Passagen Talks is the question of philosophy's potential for intervention: How can critical thinking help meet the pressing challenges of our times? How can we conceive of a world beyond the old categories?
Editor Peter Engelmann in conversation with Hélène Cixous
In French with consecutive interpretation into German.
The Passagen Talks are joint events by Gorki Forum and Passagen Verlag. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Institut Français Berlin.
Further Passagen Gespräche:
In conversation with Jean-Luc Nancy
In conversation with Colin Crouch