Schering Stiftung

Panel discussion 

Salon Komische Oper

Salon Komische Oper
Photo: Jan Windszus

Dr. Elke M. Geenen

Dr. Elke M. Geenen

Prof. Dr. Borwin Bandelow

Prof. Dr. Borwin Bandelow

“Who’s Afraid of Foreigners?”

Salon on Foreignness and Experiencing the Other

“Who’s Afraid of Foreigners?”

Salon on Foreignness and Experiencing the Other


May 22, 2017, 7:30–9:30 p.m.


Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstraße 55-57
10117 Berlin

Fear of the foreign seems to be an essential human trait. It manifests itself in early childhood behavior as well as in adult xenophobic responses. But how do we happen to distinguish between the foreign and the familiar? What role do prejudices play? And why does the experience of foreignness cause fear? Is this fear nothing but a primordial instinct warning homo sapiens of a potential threat? What is the benefit, what is the risk of such fearful reactions? And how can we deal with fear of the other? Can fear perhaps even be transformed into curiosity?

GUESTS Dr. Elke M. Geenen (Institute for Socioeconomic and Cultural International Analysis, Ottendorf), Prof. Dr. Borwin Bandelow (psychologist and psychotherapist, University Medical Center Göttingen)
WITH singers and musicians of the Komische Oper Berlin
MODERATORS Katja Naie and Ulrich Lenz

Performances on May 25, 2017 | June 5, 20 & 25, 2017 | July 2 & 15, 2017


This Project is realized in cooperation with the following partners:

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