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«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.

Şeyda Kurt

“Love” – it seems clear what is meant: the feeling of being drawn to each other. However, love is much more – it is political. In her book “Radikale Zärtlichkeit: Warum Liebe politisch ist” (Radical Tenderness: Why Love is Political), the Berlin author Şeyda Kurt takes a look at the phenomenon of love, especially at the racist, colonial, anti-Semitic, hetero- and cis-sexist standardisation of this seemingly all too familiar topic.

Şeyda Kurt wrote this book out of an unease, as she herself writes, an unease about conventional truths. Barbara Bleisch explores this and goes on the trail of love with her guest. How do we want to love? What does love mean at all? And what might a politics of radical tenderness look like?

The author, who writes on the topics of culture, politics and left-wing feminism, and is active as a podcaster, curator and moderator, has been banging up the bestseller lists with her essay “Radical Tenderness: Why Love is Political”.

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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).


Unterstützt durch:

  • GVB Kulturstiftung
  • Gesellschaft zu Zimmerleuten
  • Gesellschaft zu Schumachern

Büchertisch in Zusammenarbeit mit Münstergass-Buchhandlung Bern

Fotocredits: Mirjam Kluka

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