Dr. Jędrzej Sulmowski

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Running time

April 2019 to June 2019

ZukunftsGestalten (Shaping the future)

ZukunftsGestalten (Shaping the future). Eine Juniwoche in Oldenburg (A week in June in Oldenburg)

From 4 to 7 June 2019, the Scientific Center “Genealogy of the Present” (WiZeGG) of the University of Oldenburg in cooperation with the Edith Russ House for Media Art, the Oldenburg State Theater and the Polyester Club invites you to the event series “ZukunftsGestalten. A June Week in Oldenburg”. This is intended to provide space for a public dialogue on topics that are considered to be of particular relevance to the transformation of contemporary society: sustainability, migration, and digitalisation. The discussion will focus on how the interplay of academics, politics, and the media public gives rise to blueprints of the future with regard to the above-mentioned topics, why some drafts are more likely to be heard than others, what interventions in social processes such drafts entail and what consequences this has or can have.

The imaginary of the algorithm

Scenarios of a digitalised future in the Edith Russ House for Media Art, 05 June 2019

Lecture performance by Zach Blas (artist in residence at the Edith Russ House) and panel discussion with Nele Heise (media scholar; project collaborator at iRights e.V., Otherwise Network), Dr. Robert Seyfert (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Prof. Dr. Tilo Wesche (University of Oldenburg).


Shaping the digital future is one of the most urgent challenges of the present. What this future will look like, however, is controversial. The event focuses on the network of expectations and concerns in the face of digital change on the levels of art and science, condensed in the keyword algorithm: What impact do algorithms have on our everyday life? How does the digital transformation influence communication, social relations and social cohesion? How is it already changing our perception of the world and of ourselves and thus our identity?

Ways out of the present

Migration Society 2040 in the Exerzierhalle, 06 June 2019

Performance by Fatih Çevikkollu (cabaret artist and actor) and panel discussion with Fatih Çevikkollu, Dr. Max Czollek (poet; essayist; curator and member of the poetry collective G13), Prof. Dr. Aladin El-Mafaalani (FH Münster University of Applied Sciences; Head of Department in the Ministry for Children, Family, Refugees and Integration in Düsseldorf), Prof. Dr. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu (University of Bremen; Chairman of the Council for Migration) and Sheila Mysorekar (journalist and chairwoman of the association ”New German Media Professionals”).


What will, how can and how should the “migration society 2040” look like? Will there still be nation states then? How natural will it be to move across borders? And what effect will answers to such questions have on the shaping of the present? Questions like this and similar ones will be examined, smiled at and taken seriously in cabaret, journalistic, artistic and academic terms.

Our common future (viability)?

A long evening of discussion in the Polyester, 07 June 2019

Lectures by and discussion with Dr. Daniela Gottschlich (University of Flensburg; diversu e.V., Lüneburg) and Dr. Björn Wendt (University of Münster).


In view of scarce resources, growing social inequality and climate change, the future does not seem to offer any scope for shaping a better world. Instead, it is becoming increasingly likely that crisis developments will continue to further intensify. Can there even be a “common future” for modern plural societies, as the title of one of the most important documents on the concept of sustainability proclaims? And how open should the envisaged future be in order to satisfy the diverging interests and needs of plural societies? Or is the utopia of the one a dystopia of the other?

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