A snapshot diagnosis of the state of our society can only be piecemeal, given the myriad challenges we face. What are the most pressing issues? What concerns us the most? The answers vary depending on factors like our age, gender, the aging population, our personal health, our private and political beliefs, our relationship with our history, the state of the environment, the evolution of the knowledge-based society, and public grievances such as populism, among others.

We mustn't overlook the war in Europe, which manifests indirectly through migration, inflation, and the energy crisis. We've only been able to incorporate a few of these insights into our program, but we hope that the discussions at Korbinians Kolleg lectures will broaden our understanding of the times.

Korbinians Kolleg

Our Society – A Diagnosis of the Times

Lectures will be given in German language

Events 2023/24

  • 27. Oktober 2023

    Ageing is the great challenge in our lives. Even though the problems of aging are well known, we act as if they don't apply to us personally. We usually associate aging with the physical. However, from a psychiatrist's perspective, it is the soul that truly defines us as humans.

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  • Christiane zu Salm

    „Being human in the 21st century - is that still possible?"

    The lecture will be given in German language

  • 24. November 2023

    It seems that the speed of technological progress, the societal change and the global change has never been greater than today. Humanity is facing new tests.

    The lecture explores the question of whether it is still possible to be human in the 21st century and what factors shape and threaten this humanity.

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  • Prof. Dr. Elif Özmen

    Academic freedom: Clarifying a disputed concept

    The lecture will be given in German language

  • 15. Dezember 2023

    The freedom of science is closely linked to the history of modern understanding of knowledge, but also to Enlightenment expectations associated with the right to freedom of expression. However, little of these expectations and hopes can be felt when, in times of pandemic or climate crisis, the relationship between science and democratic politics is controversially discussed.

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  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Meyer

    The return of history: On the contemporary handling of the German past

    The lecture will be given in German language

  • 26. Januar 2024

    The debates about colonialism and racism in the 19th century have led to reassessments of National Socialism. The "uniqueness" of the Shoah, long a fixed component of German state rationale, is discarded and embedded in the context of a history of violence of the "long 20th century."

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  • Silvia Binggeli

    „People and there stories never go out of fashion."

    The lecture will be given in German language

  • 9. Februar 2024

    How do you convince important Swiss personalities from show, culture and sports business to invite a team of journalists and photographers to their homes and reveal personal information about themselves? That, togehter with a powerful team, is my job as editior-in-chief of the Swiss People Magazine.

    I illustrate the stumbling blocks we have to overcome in the editorial office when dealing with celebrities and why listening is severly underestimated in our society with episodes from my everyday professional life and encounters with national and international stars. 

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  • Prof. Dr. Paula Diehl

    Populism, mass media, and politainment: from Berlusconi to Trump

    The lecture will be given in German language

  • 8. März 2024

    Populism and mass media share a particularly close relationship. This is primarily because populism caters especially well to the attention-driven logic of mass media. And this holds true for both offline and online, including social media.

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Register for the upcoming lectures


All lectures are held in German language.

Academic Curator Prof


Surely, we couldn't have launched Korbinians Kolleg without becoming friends first. The term 'friendship' has become ambiguous and devalued in the age of social media. Online 'friends' are often mere acquaintances without any real obligations. Virtually anyone can become a 'friend' with anyone else around the globe. It's quick, like all things superficial, and commits one to nothing.


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 an exclusive dinner in an intimate setting with the possibility for discussion you can register with us:


190 Euro per Person


Maximum Number of Participants: 20 Guests

The speaker, Professor Vossenkuhl and Korbinian Kohler will be present.

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Korbinians Kolleg


We look forward to welcoming you to the SPA & RESORT BACHMAIR WEISSACH in the 2023/2024 winter semester for lectures and subsequent discussions. We will announce the upcoming semester programme soon.