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twentyforty talks – A drink with Dirk Baecker

Following the digital launch of the twentyforty anthology at the beginning of April, we are pleased to invite you to the twentyforty talks. Each digital live event will feature a conversation between a twentyforty author and one of our researchers at HIIG. The discussion will provide you with interesting background information on the author’s story and their academic context. You are warmly invited to ask questions directly via Slido. The first event on 15 April will be held in German – more info below.


twentyforty talks – A Drink with Dirk Baecker
15 April 2020 | 6pm | livestream |

Dirk Baecker’s text „Academic Complexity: A Sketch of the Next University“ focuses on the current and possible future state of the university. The university is in a state of crisis because nobody knows how to answer the complex problems of nature, culture, and society by means of specialized academic disciplines. In conversation with Benedikt Fecher (HIIG) Dirk Baecker will expand on where het got the idea to his story and what his utopia can teach us about the current circumstances we are living in.


Upcoming twentyforty talks

22 April,
     Preeti Mudliar (“In Mangal’s New World”) in conversation with Bronwen Deacon (HIIG)
19 May,
Burkhard Schafer (“Digital Pharaohs”) in conversation with Bronwen Deacon (HIIG)



“twentyforty” is an anthology, consisting of thirteen visionary stories written by researchers in various disciplines, addressing the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies present for our future society in 2040. It started as an essay competition and is an exceptional experiment in science communication. Besides the anthology, other formats have emerged in the context of twentyforty. We have set up the website which features background information on the texts, as well as discursive resources.

Event date

15.04.2020 | 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm ical | gcal


Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society,  Französische Straße 9,  10117 Berlin



This high-profile lecture series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing.


Once a month we publicly discuss the impact of digitalisation on the society. Therefore we invite special guests and engage in a dialogue with the audience.


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