Following the compulsory break caused by the pandemic, the "Korbinians Kolleg" - on questions of the current time – is placing questions, demanding answers we urgently need right now and would like to know, but do not yet understand, at its focus during this winter semester.

Questions about the political and economic development of Germany and Europe in the shadow of the pandemic and the imminent damage caused by climate change.

Questions about the mental and social state that currently shapes our lives. Some questions pick up on concerns that have slipped into the background but arise anew because they have never become obsolete.

Korbinians Kolleg

What times are we actually living in? 

Dates 2021/22

  • October 15, 2021

    Professor Grande will present the results of his research prior and following the election in Germany on 26 September 2021. A discussion group of state parliament representatives has invited him to refer on the same topic

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  • November 5, 2021

    *** The event is canceled ***

    There is no shortage of interpretations of our current time. What they have in common is that they each emphasise an allegedly dominant feature of our time, such as acceleration (Hartmut Rosa) or singularity (Andreas Reckwit)

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  • December 10, 2021

    *** The event is canceled ***

    This is one of the most fundamental questions of philosophy, but also a question that concerns us all. According to the classical definition, truth simply is the compliance of thinking and being? If so, what exactly does that mean? And can we ever attain truth in this sense? Or does truth somehow depend on us? Could it be that truth is "relative", that one person's truth is not another person's truth? Are there "alternative truths"? These and other questions are at the core here.

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About Friendship

Surely, we could not have launched Korbinians Kolleg if we had not become friends. The meaning of 'friendship' has become dubious and devalued with social media. Friends on the internet are acquaintances without obligations. Anyone and everyone can become a kind of 'friend' with anyone and everyone around the globe. It's quick, like everything that is superficial and commits to nothing. It has nothing to do with friendship. Aristotle, whom Korbinian and I hold in such high esteem, described friendship as a very special virtue. It is a firm bond that holds people together in such a way that community can develop from it. Friends not only feel affection for each other, they support each other without taking advantage.

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  • January 14, 2022

    *** The event is canceled ***

    In 2021the books "Ethik und ihre Grenzen. Eine Einführung als Erzählung" and "Was gilt” were published. Über den Zusammenhang zwischen dem, was ist, und dem, was soll sein" (both published in Hamburg by Felix Meiner). This evening will focus on the themes and theses of these books.

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  • Febuary 11, 2022

    *** The event is canceled ***

    Professor Armin Nassehi is one of the leading German and international sociologists. He regularly presents precise and extended analyses of the state of modern societies.

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  • March 11,2022

    Like hardly any other country, China has undergone rapid economic development uninterruptedly over several decades. These changes also affect German companies operating in China.  In brief sketches, we take a look at the past, the current situation and some recent trends in relations with China from the practical perspective of a (German) company

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  • April 1, 2022

    *** The event is canceled ***

    The pandemic has plunged Germany into the biggest economic crisis since the founding of its Federal Republic. When will this crisis be overcome and how has our economy changed as a result of the crisis? Will globalisation be pushed back, automation accelerated? 

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From 5.30 pm | Admission and Get-Together

6.30 pm -6.40 pm | Welcome by Korbinian Kohler

6.40 pm – 7 pm | Introduction by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Vossenkuhl

7 pm – 7.45 pm | Keynote Speech by Guest Speaker

7.45 pm – 8.15 pm | Discussion

8.30 pm - midnight | Exclusive Gala Dinner

Hotel guests and external guests can attend the lecture free of charge until 7.45 pm, with a registration 24 hours in advance upon request and subject to availability

Accreditation Dinner

For the follow-up discussion and the exclusive dinner in an intimate setting, the speakers Professor Vossenkuhl and Korbinian Kohler will be present:

190 Euro per Person


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Maximum Number of Participants: 20 Guests

Please follow the current corona regulations, you can find them here.