Salon at the Komische Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography
March 13, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets via Komische Oper Berlin
Man is a social being, a “zoon politikon,” as Aristotle said. Since time immemorial, our species likes to band together. Previously herd animals, we today mostly pair up as couples – embedded in familial and social structures. But what is it that draws us together and that keeps us together?
Are we not (anymore) capable of being by ourselves – or is it that we don’t want to? And what happens when seemingly consistent relationships no longer hold? Why can we be so shaken by (the lack of) relationships with other people? Do love and attachment last beyond death? And what is family these days – shouldn’t we be free to choose those closest to us, rather like we choose our oat milk from the supermarket’s cooling shelf? If so, what would be the consequences?
Professor Peter Kappeler is Chair of Sociobiology & Anthropology at the University of Göttingen. After studying biology in Tübingen and earning a PhD in zoology at Duke University (USA), he habilitated in tropical ecology in Würzburg. His research deals with questions of social evolution, which he studies mainly in Malagasy primates, but also in predators, birds and reptiles. Other research topics include the relationship between the sexes and how and why human social behavior differs from that of non-human primates. He has published over 300 scientific papers on these topics, edited numerous books, and authored a textbook on behavioral biology.Close
Prof. Dr. habil Tatiana Zimenkova was born in 1977 in Leningrad, Russia. After graduating with a degree in sociology from St. Petersburg State University, she completed her doctorate and habilitation at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University. She is a professor of sociology at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve, where she also holds the position of vice president for internationalization and diversity. Her work focuses on cohesion in urban spaces, participation and citizenship (also at the municipal level), political participation and civic education, sexual citizenship, diversity and norming. She is also active in many transfer projects in the field of LGBTQI*/school/police as well as NGOs and the executive, advocates for the rights of the LGBTQI* community and works as a consultant in the context of municipalities, authorities, and NGOs.Close
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