Fr / 19:30 – 21:00

KWI on Tour: A Necessary Utopia

Rethinking Borders

Volker Heins (KWI), Nandita Sharma (University of Hawai‘i), Gabriella Etmektsoglou (NYU Berlin)

Online (ZOOM)

Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a conversation among Volker Heins, Nandita Sharma, and Gabriella Etmektsoglou on „A Necessary Utopia: Rethinking Borders“.

In today’s interconnected world, borders are still presented as immutable fact, inextricably linked to the economic, political, and social framework of the nation state. This panel gives space to explore alternate ways of thinking about borders, and discuss the benefits of these alternate realities, what it might take to get there, and what exactly could hold us back.

Volker Heins will address the “necessary utopia” of open borders, which he develops in his book „Offene Grenzen für alle. Eine notwendige Utope“, and the ways in which the freedom of movement of all of earth’s inhabitants – particularly those locked into immobility under current border regimes – would bolster democracy across the globe.