News April 2021

Conference "Return of the 'Community' in Law" has to be postponed

The conference "Return of the 'Community' in Law", planned for 6 May 2021, has to be postponed due to corona cancellations. We will inform you about the new date in time. The topic will be further discussed in the ongoing forum program.

Lecture by Raja Sakrani

We would like to inform you that "PLURIEL - 3rd International Congress" will take place digitally on 13 April 2021, 3pm. The topic of the conference is "Islam & Altérité".

Participants include Dr. jur. Raja Sakrani.

More information on the programm can be found here.

News March 2021

Corona Normativities and the Healing of Societies: Lecture by Werner Gephart

On March 24, 2021, Prof. Dr. jur. Dr. h.c. Werner Gephart, Director (Founding director) of the Käte Hamburger Center „Law as Culture“ will give a lecture entitled „Corona Normativities and the Healing of Societies“ at the CECS (Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies), University of Copenhagen.  The lecture will take place online from 12 to 13:15 p.m. (CET).


The lecture will present a book that was written at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture" (In the Realm of Corona Normativities. A Momentary Snapschot of a Dynamic Discourse, ed. by Werner Gephart) and has emphasised two aspects in particular:

  1. the importance of a "pandemic culture of validity", in which all normativity is related to the pandemic state of emergency. Indeed, the cure for the evil of the pandemic crisis is seen in rule-obeying, as a kind of medical remedy.
  2. reflections and reflexes of the crisis in art and culture complement the cultural studies approach to the analysis of the pandemic.

Further questions remain: How can the differences in the success of fighting the pandemic be explained: in different readiness to obey rules or the respective cultures of sanctions? These and other questions are addressed in the follow-up volume, which confirms that the pandemic is a monstrous laboratory of normativity.

More information on the lecture and the registration can be found here

News February 2021

The German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2022 will be designed by the artist Maria Eichhorn

Maria Eichhorn will design the german pavilion at the Venice Biennale 202. Curator is Yilmaz Dziewior, director of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. By choosing Maria Eichhorn he has deciced in favor "of an internationally highly recognized artist known as much for her conceptual approach as for her subtle sense of humor. With her visually minimal gestures, spatial interventions, and process- based works, Eichhorn critically examines institutional power structures and political and economic interrelationships".

Maria Eichhorn was Artist in Residence at the Käte Hamburger Center "Law as Culture“ from October 2018 to March 2019 and from October 2019 to March 2020. Her research project Rose Valland Institute examines and documents the expropriation of Europe’s Jewish population and its consequences up to present day. The Institut was established on the occasion of documenta 14.

More information can be found here.

News January 2021

New Program of the Forum "Law as Culture”

Through its homonymous forum, the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” offers a space for interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange with international guests and fellows at the Center. The forum events take place as live-streams on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. We look forward to receiving your registration by email (

The current program of April to July 2021 can be accessed here (PDF).

Detailed information on individual lectures can be accessed under Activities

News December 2020

New publication