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Birgit Mahnkopf Is Guest Speaker at Fifth Senghaas Lecture

“The War Against the Planet” is at the center of the fifth Senghaas Lecture of the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS). The talk by Birgit Mahnkopf will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at the Haus der Wissenschaft (House of Science).

"Today we are confronted with a structural crisis of capitalism, affecting both our world-economic and our world-ecological system," explains Birgit Mahnkopf, retired professor of European social policy.  This crisis, for the first time in history, actually links the future of all people on the planet. According to Mahnkopf, by including all regions of the world in the economic and ecological system of capitalism, humanity now seems to have arrived at the "planetary threshold" identified by climate research. Beyond this threshold, extensive and sudden consequences must be expected for all living creatures. The lecture entitled "The War Against the Planet - and the Perspectives of Global Governance at the Tipping Points of Human Development" asks whether a progressive human development and the civilization of inevitable conflicts is possible when ecosystems collapse.

About Birgit Mahnkopf

Birgit Mahnkopf used to be professor of European social policy at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. After completing her doctorate and habilitation in sociology at Freie Universität Berlin, she worked as a research assistant at the associated Institute for Sociology. She also worked at the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund (Social Research Center Dortmund), the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, and the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, among others. She is a member of the scientific advisory board of attac Germany and the advisory board of the open access journal Momentum Quarterly. Her research interests include the economic, social, and political dimensions of globalization as well as European and international politics. She also devotes herself to the sociology of work and industrial relations as well as to the economics and politics of education.

Senghaas Lecture Series

With this lecture series, the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) of the University of Bremen honors the life and work of one of the most internationally renowned and respected peace and conflict researchers, who has been teaching and researching at the University of Bremen since 1978. He is one of the InIIs founders. The Senghaas Lecture Series, which have been held since 2015, are supported by the Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung (State Agency for Civic Education) Bremen. The book "Deutsche Politikwissenschaftler - Werk und Wirkung" (German political scientists – work and impact) characterizes Dieter Senghaas as an outstanding scholar who has "influenced an entire generation in peace research, in the peace movement, and developmental policy actors". It continues: "Where Senghaas is, there is academia; there is a lively exchange about the changes in the world and about the dynamics inherent in it". His "civilizational hexagon", which describes six building blocks for a peaceful society, was part of the tasks of the German Abitur (high-school diploma) and made it into the most important textbooks of international relations. His oeuvre comprises 35 books written by him as well as 35 additional books, which he edited or co-authored.

Further information:


Anna Hollendung
Managing director
Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS)
University of Bremen
Phone: 0174 370 84 24
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Prof. Dr. Birgit Mahnkopf
Phone: +49 0170 314 76 42
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Birgit Mahnkopf
Prof. Dr. Birgit Mahnkopf