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Bayreuther Stadtgespräche: City Talks

Bayreuther Stadtgespräche (Bayreuth City Talks) have been taking place regularly at Iwalewahaus since July 2014. On the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to about 7.30 p.m., changing speakers offer insights into exciting and current topics. The lectures are open to all interested parties without registration – admission is free.

The basic idea of Bayreuther Stadtgespräche is to strengthen the connection between the City and the University. That is why the series of events is aimed at all Bayreuth citizens.

The venue is the Iwalewahaus (Wölfelstraße) in the heart of Bayreuth – right next to the Margravial Opera House. The speakers come from the University of Bayreuth, other universities or research institutes, or from (university) politics. (Higher education) policy issues are taken up and questions are discussed that are currently of concern to academia or citizens. This is done in an understandable way for people who are not familiar with the subject, and for non-academics.

The lectures are organised by the University of Bayreuth together with Universitätsverein Bayreuth e. V. and with the support of Universitäts-Forum Bayreuth – Kollegium Bayreuther Univ.-Professoren i. R.

Upcoming events

01. June 2022, 6:00 p.m: Holocaust and the culture(s) of remembrance in Germany in the international context

Speaker: Professor Dr. Alejandro Baer (University of Minnesota)

Location:  Iwalewahaus, Wölfelstraße 2, 95444 Bayreuth

In Western societies today, the memory of the Holocaust forms a kind of civil and de-particularised commemoration, invoked in defence of democratic values, human rights, tolerance, and pluralism. It is not only in Germany that the crimes of National Socialism are presented in museums, memorials, and commemorations as a paradigmatic expression of evil that clashes with these values and principles. But what does Holocaust remembrance mean in the face of immediate threats? And what is the relation to Nazi crimes of populations whose memories are shaped by other (past or unfolding/present) genocides and forms of political violence? The lecture will explain both the effectiveness and the contradictions of the culture of Holocaust remembrance with examples from South America, Spain, Germany, and make reference to current developments in the Ukraine.

If participating, please note that checking of G-status (Covid vaccinated/recovered) will not apply, but that the wearing of FFP2 masks remains mandatory in University of Bayreuth buildings and rooms.

06. July 2022, 6:00 p.m: The South of New Zealand - Pristine Ecosystems and their Threats

Speaker: Professor Dr. Carl Beierkuhnlein (Chair of Biogeography at the University of Bayreuth)

Location:  Iwalewahaus, Wölfelstraße 2, 95444 Bayreuth

New Zealand's South Island boasts several fascinating natural and highly modified cultural landscapes. Its extensive national parks are home to highly original and often unique ecosystems. The geographical isolation of the islands in the history of the earth has left its mark, as has human settlement, first by Polynesians and later by Europeans. The climatic gradients from south to north as well as to windward and leeward of the high mountains have led to the small-scale interlocking of the most diverse ecosystems. Surprising similarities with the fauna and flora of South America can be explained by plate tectonics, and by the occurrence of primeval species. In addition to climate change, the unique biotic communities are endangered by invasive species, and some of them have already been severely damaged. The functional conservation of large protected areas with diverse ecological niches is therefore of outstanding importance for New Zealand and the world.

If participating, please note that checking of G-status (Covid vaccinated/recovered) will not apply, but that the wearing of FFP2 masks remains mandatory in University of Bayreuth buildings and rooms.

Since April 2020, most of the Bayreuth City Talks have been offered online!

Past highlights of the event series (partly in German language)

For further information, please contact

Angela Danner

Angela DannerHead of Office – Corporate Identity

Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-5323

Office:  Room No. 3.07, Central University Administration (ZUV),
Universitätsstraße 30, 95447 Bayreuth