Discussion rounds on current social and political issues have been an integral part of the Erlangen Poetry Festival for years. In 2022 it was formed due to the war in Ukraine.
Discussions revolve around media communication, new weapons systems and peace, but also about new images of men and the lessons of epidemics. The traditional Sunday morning deals with freedom and Europe, the present painting with the theme of renunciation.
Writer Vladimir Kaminer talks to Florian Felix Weh about his relationship with his Russian homeland in “Putin Turns Everything Insane.” The writer, who lived in Berlin for 30 years, became famous in Germany for his novel “Russendisko”. He explains to us Russia – and Germany. Now, he says, we must do everything we can to stand by Ukraine. But he also emphasizes: “If we only cry, it’s a dead end.” (26.8., 7:00 p.m., Redoutensaal)
In this year’s current panel discussion, Christoph Antweiler, Christoph Capis, Philip Lebens, and Veronica Seitel discuss “Abandonment”. Evangelism is easy, practice difficult. How do you learn to do without excess? But the necessities are becoming scarce, too. Where does the concession reach the poverty line? Who is easy to dispense with, and for whom is it difficult to bear? (27.8., 12 p.m., Markgrafenheater)
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Reporting from war zones, the relationship between online documentation and fiction was formed long before the war in Ukraine. Photographer Thomas Dorzak, media scholar Anacatherine Kohut and war correspondent Gabriel Riedel tackle war media in “War and Its Images”. (27.8., 3 p.m., the hall in the castle)
In the shadow of the pandemic, her son has to go to school, and a special challenge for journalist Sabine Renevans begins. “Women and Children of the Past” is her bitter summary of the past few years. In collaboration with pediatrician Jacob Maske, the event attempts to draw lessons from two and a half years of Corona management. (27.8., 4 p.m., Orangery)
Cyber attacks and mercenaries
The image of war as we have known it for centuries is changing. Terrorists, mercenary groups, cyber attacks or propaganda in social networks determine the state of war. Writer Nora Bosung and military historian Sonke Netzel talk about modern weapons systems and ethical questions in “Old Wars – New Wars.” (27.8., 5 p.m., the hall in the castle)
Federal Chancellor Olaf Schultz discussed with Nora Bosong on Catholic Day in Stuttgart.
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“Toxic masculinity has become a buzzword,” says Tobias Haberl, bestselling author. Economist Boris von Hessen has calculated that “unhealthy male behavior” costs the state billions of euros. How does Man define his new role between Superman and Super Dad today? (27.8, 7 p.m., the hall in the castle)
“Freedom and Europe” is a Sunday title that Nana Brink moderated with Italian philosopher Donatella de Cesar, political scientist Herfried Münkler, Ukrainian-German writer Katja Petrovskaya, and German-Polish writer Krzysztof Wojciechowski. Since Putin destroyed the peace regime, Europeans have found themselves at a historical turning point: is our freedom also being defended in Ukraine? (28.8., 11 a.m., Markgrafenheater)
It seems that pacifism has been rendered homeless since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. The shock shook many to their foundations. The “No peace anywhere?” Donatella de Cesar, Ralph Fox and Herfried Munkler ask themselves if the utopia can still be saved. (28.8., 3 p.m., the hall in the castle)
Tickets for “Putin Turns Everything Bad”, “Current Platform” and “The Sunday Matini” are available for €8 each / €4 discounted from the Erlanger Nachrichten office, at the usual ticket offices and on the Internet at www. poetenfest-erlangen.de. Other events are free.