Rome – the Eternal City in Transformation
Fri, April 18, 2008 – Sun, April 20, 2008, Symposium
The ZAK, University of Karlsruhe (TH) has meanwhile organized ten consecutive international scientific symposiums within the framework of the 19. Europäische Kulturtage Karlsruhe. The symposium will again take place in cooperation with the ZKM and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe under the direction of Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha (ZAK), Achim Thorwald (Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe) and Peter Weibel (ZKM). With the help of a diverse selection of themes the aim of the symposium "Rome – the Eternal City in Transformation" is to highlight the dark as well as the light sides of the eternal city and its nation.

German and Italian representatives from fields of politics, science and culture will have opportunity to voice their views on contemporary Italian questions. Principle lectures, short talks and discussions will be supplemented by visual and culinary contributions.

Speakers and podium guests are, among others Khaled Fouad Allam (Professor for Islamic Studies and Sociology at the University of Triest, Journalist for "La Repubblica"), Eleonora Barbieri Masini (Professor for Future Studies and Human Ecology, Papal Gregorian University of Rome, member of the Club of Rome), Heinz-Jürgen Beste (scientific lecture at the Rome department of the, German Institute of Archaeology), Pierfrancesco Frerè (Journalist at the Italian news agency Ansa), Emilio Gentile (Professor for Modern History, Universiy La Sapienza, Rome), Udo Gümpel (correspondent at n-tv), Kay Nehm (Attorney General ret.), Leoluca Orlando (President of the Institutes Rinascimento Siciliano, former mayor of Palermo, Parliamentary and European Parliamentary Representative), Vieri Quilici (Professor for Urban Planning, University Roma Tre), Umberto Santino (Founder and Director of the Sicilian Center of Documentation Giuseppe Impastato, Palermo).

Symposium Program

Free admission to all events
Simultaneous translation Italian–German

Fri, April 18, 2008 at the ZKM_Medientheater

7 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Lecture

8 p.m.
Libertas oratoria – Media, Market and Democracy in Italy
Podium discussion on the theme of Italian media as power factor and as everyday phenomena
(followed by an Apéro)

Sat, April 19, 2008 at the ZKM_Medientheater

9.30 a.m.
Urbs et orbis – Rome, Europe and the World?
Principle lecture on Rome’s various identities

11.30 a.m.
Memoria in societate – Italy’s Cultures of Memory
Collective self-portrayal and perception among the Italian population

1 p.m.

2 p.m.
De pluribus unum – Plural Identities in Roman Society
The transformation of the Italian majority society and its subcultures

4 p.m.
Res novas agendas – Rome’s Urbanity between Cutural Legacy and Modern Metropolis?
Podium discussion on cultural conservation versus urban infrastructural requirements

5.30 p.m.
Via Romana – Visual Walk through Rome
with prosecco and tramezzini

Sun, April 20, 2008 at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ius atque iustitia – Mafia, Law and Interpretation
Podium discussion on the theme of Italian Mafia and the spheres of activity among organized crime groups in Europe
Organization / Institution
ZAK | Zentrum für Angewandte Kulturwissenschaft und Studium Generale
ZKM ; Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe