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Hegel Lecture

The highlight of the Center’s public activities is the annual Hegel Lecture. The personalities that are invited as speakers include outstanding scholars in the humanities and persons engaged in the cultural sector. The lecture, which may be held either in English or in German, addresses the broader public and is meant to become one of the most visible cultural events in the German capital. With regard to its aims, the lecture is indebted to the central value of the philosophy of the personality remembered in its title, a value that also inspired the name of the university at which the Dahlem Humanities Center is based: freedom.

The first Hegel Lecture was held by the French philosopher, essayist and author André Glucksmann on January 8, 2008. On this occasion the Center was opened officially in the presence of Federal Minister for Research, Dr. Annette Schavan, and the Berlin Senator for Education, Sciences and Research, Prof. Dr. E. Jürgen Zöllner.

Former Hegel Lectures

Hegel Lecture 2016


Hélène Cixous (11. Mai 2016)

Ay yay! The Cry of Literature


A video will be soon availabe.

Hegel Lecture 2011

Slavoj Žižek (March 31, 2011)

Is It Still Possible to Be a Hegelian Today?


A video of the lecture is available.


Hegel Lecture 2010

Homi Bhabha (January 28, 2010)

Our Neighbors, Ourselves: Contemporary Reflections on Survival


An audio-version and a video of the lecture are available.

An interview with Homi Bhabha in the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung of January 31, 2010 is available: Vorne vom Golf, hinten aus Soho.

Hegel Lecture 2009

Judith Butler (Feburary 3, 2009)

Frames of War


An audio-version and a video of the lecture are available.


Hegel Lecture 2008/Opening ceremony of the Dahlem Humanities Center

André Glucksmann (January 8, 2008)