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Friday, December 4, 2015 – Sunday, December 6, 2015

Images of Surveillance: The Politics, Economics, and Aesthetics of Surveillance Societies

Presented by the The Goethe-Institut, New York, NY
Goethe-Instut, NYC  Roger Berkowitz, director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, will be a participant at the interdisciplinary symposium: Images of Surveillance: The Politics, Economics, and Aesthetics of Surveillance Societies. The symposium is presented by the Goethe-Institut in New York, NY December 4-6, 2015.

The symposium will combine lectures, panel discussion, artist talks, and presentations to explore the topic in its various political, economic, and aethetic dimensions and open new ways to think about surveillance in the 21st century. At the heart of Images of Surveillance is the recognition that surveillance as object of study is far too complex to be grasped from any single point of view and thus requires us to combine multiple perspectives into a fuller picture of what surveillance might be. Such an approach rejects both disciplinary boundaries and post-modern indeterminacy in favor of a concerted effort to create overlaps and conceptual chains across a wide variety of practices and discourses.To learn more about the symposium, schedule, and participants visit

The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s cultural institute, operating worldwide with currently 160 branches in 94 countries. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural collaborations. Our public programs offer an opportunity to engage with themes and questions relevant to German culture and society. Faced with the challenges of globalization, we aim to encourage intercultural dialogue and a global civil society.

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Admission to Images of Surveillance is free.

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