Humanistic Transformation - Third International Erich Fromm Research Conference 2023 with an opening lecture by Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa and a panel discussion with invited speakers

The Erich Fromm Research Conference aims at bringing together international researchers engaged with the work of Erich Fromm, examining the actuality of Fromm’s social-analytical approach, as well as exploring the potential for further development of this approach with regard to contemporary social developments. In this year, the contributions of about 45 speakers will focus on different aspects of a “Humanistic Transformation”.

Transformation is an omnipresent term in current social, political and scientific discourse. Its increasing use seems to be an expression of a widespread desire for change in society. At the same time, despite its frequent use, the term often remains vague. A critical discussion about the goals that a transformation should strive for is often missing. The question of human transformation inevitably includes aspects of technical innovation, but does not stop there. Within the framework of the entire conference, the work of Erich Fromm and his significance for contemporary science forms a central point of reference.

The conference is in English. It is organized by the Erich Fromm Study Center at the IPU Berlin and conducted by Dr. Rainer Funk, Tübingen, and Prof. Dr. Thomas Kühn, Berlin.

Registrations to participate as "observer" can be made either for the whole conference or only for specific days.

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa will open the Research Conference on Thursday evening, June 8, with an opening lecture entitled “From Affirmation and Responsibility to Transformation and Respons‐a‐bility: Resonance as a Relational Mode of Being”. The lecture will explore the difference between two different modes of social encounter - “echo” and “resonance”- and discuss the social implications of the “resonance” mode of existence.

The opening lecture will be broadcasted in a second room at the IPU, to allow more people to attend. In addition, it is also possible to follow the lecture online. Please choose with your application whether you want to participate on-site or online.

On Friday, June 9, from 6 to 7.30 p.m., there will be a panel discussion on "Humanistic Transformation" moderated by Prof. Dr. Thomas Kühn.

Afterwards there will be a reception with finger food and drinks.

Invited speakers for the discussion are:

  • Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan,
  • Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer,
  • Dr. Thomas Bruhn,
  • Gerd Hofielen

The discussion is open to the public. Advance registration as an observer for Friday afternoon is required.

Preliminary Program

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