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What Is “Identity”?

International Panel Discussion on April 8, 2010, at Freie Universität

№ 67/2010 from Mar 23, 2010

A panel discussion on “Who Are We? Identity and Identity Politics Today” will be held on April 8, 2010, at Freie Universität Berlin. The panelists will include scholars and prominent personalities from Germany, Brazil, and the U.S.A. Prof. Dr. Joachim Küpper, director of Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin, will moderate the discussion. There is no charge for attendance, but the number of places is limited. Please register by March 29, 2010. The panel discussion will be held in German and English with simultaneous translation.

Where does one draw the line between cultural, religious, and linguistic identity? To what extent do the concepts of identity politics take into account the manifold aspects of “identity”? And, what is the relation between conflictuality and concepts of identity? The panel discussion on “Identity Politics” will focus on these and other questions. It will inaugurate a three-day think tank dedicated to one of the most debated fields of current research in the humanities.


  • Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
  • Akeel Bilgrami, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
  • Luiz Costa Lima, Professor of Comparative Literature, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
  • Gülsen Çelebi, Lawyer
  • Dan Diner, Director, Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig
  • Esiaba Irobi, School of Theater, Ohio University
  • Eun-Jeung Lee, Professor of Korean Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Ufuk Topkara, Historian, Jewish Museum Berlin
  • Moderator: Joachim Küpper, Professor of Philology and Director, Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin

The panel discussion is the opening event of a think tank dedicated to identity politics. The think tank is the first of three meetings organized by Dahlem Humanities Center to discuss the current research trends in the humanities and to develop new fields of research. The meetings are funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

Time and Place:

  • Thursday, April 8, 2010, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Humanities and Social Sciences Building Complex, Room KL 32/123, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

For further information, please contact:

  • Katja Heinrich, Dahlem Humanities Center (DHC), Freie Universität Berlin
    Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-55057, Email: k.heinrich@fu-berlin.de
  • Kathinka Rosenkranz, Dahlem Humanities Center (DHC), Freie Universität Berlin
    Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-52293, Email: k.rosenkranz@fu-berlin.de