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Professor Hans Joas Is the Guest of the Fourth Senghaas Lecture

The guest of the fourth Senghaas Lecture of the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies is Professor Hans Joas from Berlin. He will reflect on the subject of postnational imperialism. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in the Haus der Wissenschaft.

At the center of the lecture titled “Postnationaler Imperialismus? Eine militaristische Denktradition und ihre gegenwärtige Bedeutung” (“Postnational imperialism? A militaristic tradition of thought and its present significance”) stands the European unification process, the legitimacy of which is anchored to a considerable extent in the successful establishment of a stable peace order by enlightened partners after World War II. In today’s efforts towards a common European defense and security policy, the decisive question is therefore whether it will follow the principles that apply in Europe’s internal relations or whether we are witnesses to the emergence of a new world power of the old school, a “postnational imperialism.” The lecture explores this question on the way to an examination of historical-sociological reflections on Europe from the 20th century to the present.

Who Is Professor Hans Joas?

Hans Joas is the Ernst Troeltsch honorary professor at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Previously, he was a professor of sociology at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, the Freie Universität Berlin, and the University of Chicago. Between 2002 and 2011, he was the director of the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies in Erfurt and, until 2014, a permanent fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Professor Joas has received numerous awards, including the Max Planck Research Award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Werner Heisenberg Medal, and the Bielefeld Science Award.

The Dieter Senghaas Lectures

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 founders of the institute. The Senghaas Lectures, which have been held since 2015, are supported by the Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Bremen. In the book titled “Deutsche Politikwissenschaftler – Werk und Wirkung” (“German political scientists – work and impact”), Dieter Senghaas is characterized as an outstanding scholar who has “shaped an entire generation of people in peace research, in the peace movement, and in the developmental ‘scene.’” And it goes on: “Where Senghaas is, is academy, is the lively exchange about the changes of the world and about the dynamics inherent in it.” His “civilizing hexagon,” which describes six building blocks for a peaceful society, made it into the Abitur tasks of German students and into the most important textbooks for international relations. His oeuvre comprises 35 books written by him as well as 35 other books in which he was involved as editor or coauthor.

Additional Information:


Dr. Roy Karadag
University of Bremen
Institute for Intercultural and International Studies
Tel.: +49 421 218-67468
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Professor Hans Joas speaks about "postnational imperialism"