News reports commenting on the current refugee situation rotate around terms like ‘crisis’ and ’emergency.’  Both words however isolate events within the present and are apt to block out more encompassing and creative approaches including drawing on the experiences and theories brought to us by refugees from earlier eras.

With Hannah Arendt as a central figure who speaks to us both as a refugee and on refugees, ‘Thinking Beyond Crisis’ will attempt to outline the closures of presentist-ad-hoc responses and to meet Europe’s new reality in a mode of exchange and mutual adjustment rather than through technocratic ‘problem solving.’

Renowned scholars, artists, journalists and young Afghan refugees will engage in panel discussions, a poetry reading, and open Q&A to help us think and speak ‘beyond’ crisis.

The conference is a cooperation between Bard College Berlin, the Center for Contemporary History (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam), the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, BOX Freiraum and ‘wir machen das’