28.08.2014

Bard College Berlin participates in a new Academic Initiative launched by the Hannah Arendt Center


What do we hate? More importantly, why? Is hate always destructive? If not, how and when does it become so? Does hate ever go away?

The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, together with Bard's Center for Civic Engagement and the Human Rights Project, is launching a new Initiative on Hate and the Human Condition. Springing from the recognition that, for all of its dramatic and often sensational impact on individual and social life, "hate remains a dark and largely unexplored continent in the human world," the Initiative aims to promote sustained reflection on the problem of hate, and to organize its exploration through a range of interdisciplinary and co-taught courses. Four such courses will take place this fall at Bard Annandale and three Bard-affiliated campuses: Al-Quds, AUCA, and Bard College Berlin. 

The Initiative’s goal is to create an energetic, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural community of students and scholars who will focus on improving our understanding of what hate is and how it works. Both a theoretical and a practical endeavor, it seeks to foster the academic study of hate while also connecting scholars and students to institutions and organizations (such as NGOs, legal and governmental agencies, religious groups, or the media) whose work involves dealing with hate-related issues. 

Bard College Berlin will participate in the Initiative with Hate and Revolution, a new course that will examine - through history, drama, literature, art and film - the role of hate in democratic social change. Taught by Ewa Atanassow, the course will proceed in close collaboration with Deirdre d’Albertis’ and Peter Gadsby’s seminar on Great Hatred, Little Room: Contested Ireland taught at Bard Annandale. Special events will include guest seminars by David Hayes, Matthias Hurst, Geoff Lehman, Daniel Schönpflug (HU) and Michael Weinman; a joint session with David Levine’s Acting and Directing course and the Berlin Core taught by Florian Becker; as well as a guest lecture by Ran Halevi (CNRS/EHESS, Paris), co-hosted by Centre Marc Bloch at Humboldt University.