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Jour Fixe: Western Modernism in Architecture

Jul 05, 2013

The Cluster hosted its second Jour Fixe of the summer term on Thursday, July 4, 2013, at the Karl Jaspers Centre. Dr. Bernd Scherer, director of the House of World Cultures, Berlin, gave a talk on “Decoding Western Modernism through Architecture”.

In the lecture, Dr. Bernd Scherer delineated the basic contours in the formation of the West’s self-image by deploying the example of cosmograms. The building in which the House of World Cultures is located could be viewed as one such cosmogram of the 20th century. An artistic and theoretical engagement with the building’s architecture thus enables a de- and recoding of a Western worldview at the beginning of the 21st century.

Dr. Bernd Scherer is Director of Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) since 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Saarland University. From 1999 to 2005 he was the Director of the Arts Department at the Goethe Institute in Mexico and Munich. Since January 2011, Dr. Bernd Scherer teaches as Honorary Professor at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-University in Berlin.

The Jour Fixe was organised in cooperation with the Chair of “Global Art History”, which is coordinated by Prof. Monica Juneja. The Jour Fixe is a regular event of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" held two times during each semester. It is organised by the four research areas of the Cluster and its speakers Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos (Area A), Prof. Christiane Brosius (Area B), Prof. Joachim Kurtz (Area C), and Prof. Monica Juneja (Area D).


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  • Dr. Bernd Scherer

  • Prof. Monica Juneja giving an introduction

  • House of World Cultures (Image: Sabine Wenzel)