Contradiction Studies

Opening of the exhibition: Ostwärts in den Westen. Die Flucht von DDR-Bürger:innen über die bundesdeutsche Botschaft in der ČSSR im September 1989

Natalia Wollny („Euthanasie“-Gedenkstätte Lüneburg e. V.) & Klaas Anders (RTG Contradiction Studies | Bremer Bündnis für Deutsch-tschechische Zusammenarbeit e.V.)

04/17/2023 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

U Bremen GRA 2

Opening of the exhibition with a guided tour by the curators Natalia Wollny & Klaas Anders

  • Welcome by Prof. Dr. Michi Knecht
  • Contemporary witness talk with Heiko Strohmann
  • Guided tour with Klaas Anders and Natalia Wollny
  • Followed by a champagne reception with finger food

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The exhibition was financed by:
Karin und Uwe Hollweg Stiftung Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung
Arbeitnehmerkammer Bremen
Deutsch-Tschechischer Zukunftsfonds

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idea of democratic critique

“If you think that acts of contradicting someone always need to point to better solutions, you haven’t really understood the idea of democratic critique.”

Martin Nonhoff

“Contradictions need to be articulated in order to exist.”

Martin Nonhoff
ideal of a contradiction-free world

“Science has long been animated by the ideal of a contradiction-free world in which logical orders could merge with society, politics, culture and language. In the GRC Contradiction Studies we are working on ways of describing the multiplicity and complexity, the danger and beauty of our worlds that clearly go beyond concepts of freedom from contradiction.”

Michi Knecht

“Resistance is a democratic right, sometimes a duty. With literature we can find models for this right and think about its limits.”

Gisela Febel
problem to be solved

“Contradiction is not primarily a problem to be solved but a motor we cannot do without.”

Martin Nonhoff