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Conferences and Events


"Afrikanische Visionäre - Visionen für Afrika: Guinée wird 50"

Symposium, discussion, film and concert oragnized by the Frobenius Institute, the Centre for Interdisciplnary African Studies (ZIAF) and the German-Guinean Association
25 October 2008
Haus am Dom in Frankfurt am Main

On 2 October 1958, Guinea became the first French colony in Africa to gain independence. In honor of this occasion, a symposium, “Afrikanische Visionaere – Visionen fuer Afrika, Guinée wird 50” was held, bringing together renowned scientists and politicians of Guinea to reflect on the last fifty years of independence and to develop positive political, social and economic perspectives for the future of the country.

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"Transfer und WiederAneignung von Wissen"

Conference organized by Sonderforschungsbereich/Forschungskolleg 435 in cooperation with the Frobenius Institute

20 to 22 July 2007
Goethe-University, Frankfurt a.M.

The societal impact of knowledge first unfolds, or becomes “knowledge”, once it leaves the realm of individual experience and becomes shared good. The conference discussed the dynamics of such transfer processes under specific historical and social conditions, in particular, the different ways in which knowledge might be transferred.

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Conference held by the Frobenius Institute, with the support of the Fritz Thyssen foundation

15 April 2007
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt a.M.

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"Die Ethnographen des letzten Paradieses:
Victor von Plessen und Walter Spies in Indonesien"

Films, lectures, reading, concert

14 and 15 July 2006
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt a.M.

Organized by the Frobenius Institute in cooperation with the Institute for Dramatics, Film and Media of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University and the German Film Museum

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"Die Wahlverwandtschaften: Léopold Sédar Senghor, Poet, Präsident und Philosoph"

 Symposium by the Frobenius Institute and the Institut Francaise on the occassion of Léopold Sédar Senghor's 100th birthday

20 May 2006

Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt a.M.

Senghor was a leading figure in the cultural emancipation and political independence of Africa in the twentieth century. Simultaneously, he was an enthusiast like no other when it came to building bridges between Africa and Europe.

Two Germans who significantly influenced Senghor's thinking were Johann Wolfgang Goethe, with whose works Senghor became familiar as a prisoner of war in Germany, and the anthropologist/ethnologist Leo Frobenius. On the occasion of his 100th birthday, scientists and writers from Senegal and Germany discussed Senghor and his intellectual contributions.

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"Kulturen des Bösen - Das Böse in der Kultur"

Discussion, film screening
2 March 2006
Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt a.M.

Held jointly by the Frobenius Institute and the Weltkulturen Museum

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