«Barbara Bleisch trifft» – is the title of a series of talks at the Dampfzentrale Bern. And the name says it all: four times a year, the stage belongs to the well-known philosopher and author Barbara Bleisch. Each time, she meets an inspiring personality of her choice from the worlds of culture, politics, art and science to discuss current events and explore the thinking spaces and experiential worlds of her guests. In the conversations, uncomfortable issues are taken up and questions are thought through to the end – without taboos, honestly and without spectacle.

The audience is also invited to participate: a note box will be converted into an analogue comments section to ensure audience members can engage with the content shared, completely free of digital distractions and without being put on the spot.

Barbara Bleisch

Barbara Bleisch, Dr. phil., studied Philosophy, German Literature and Religious Studies in Zurich, Basel and Tübingen, before completing her doctorate at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Zurich. She has been hosting the programme «Sternstunde Philosophie» for the Swiss public broadcaster SRF since 2010 and writing as a columnist for the Swiss daily newspaper «Tages-Anzeiger» since 2018. Barbara is a member of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Zurich and lectures Ethics in various advanced study programmes. Further, she is a member of the jury of the Tractatus award for philosophical essay writing. Her most recent publications include «Wanting Children» (together with Andrea Büchler, Hanser), «Why We Owe Our Parents Nothing» (Hanser), «Familial Obligations» (Suhrkamp) and «Ethical Decision-Making» (Versus).


Masks mandatory in the performance venue. Further information here.

Unterstützt durch: GVB Kulturstiftung und Gesellschaft zu Zimmerleuten,  Stiftung STAB, Jubiläumsstiftung der vonRoll Holding AG

Büchertisch in Zusammenarbeit mit Münstergass-Buchhandlung Bern

Fotocredits: Mirjam Kluka