Close: the experience and the phenomenon

Local: 8:00 pm
Paris: 8:00 pm
Franco-German Cultural Institute Tübingen Doblerstrasse 25, 72074, DE
German / English

The Night of Ideas celebrates the circulation of ideas between countries and cultures, disciplines and generations: each year, the Night of Ideas is an invitation to discover the latest discoveries, to listen to those who are advancing ideas in all fields and to exchange views on the major issues of our time. Echoes of the Night of Ideas are broadcast across time zones via social networks, making the Night of Ideas a global event. The theme for 2021 is that of the close ones (proximity, family and relatives, friends). This is why a night of debates, philosophies and discussions will take place online from 8 pm to 11 pm on 28 January on the theme of "Proximity: Experience and Phenomenon" organised by the Franco-German Cultural Institute of Tübingen (ICFA) in collaboration with the Centre for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies of the University of Tübingen (CIIS) and the Landestheater Tübingen (LTT).


Broadcast on our Youtube account live from the University's studios

8:00-8:10 p.m.

Photo exhibition following the call for papers on distance and proximity at the time of the coronavirus pandemic.
Opening of the evening by Stefanie Schneider, Director of SWR Stuttgart

8:10 pm - 9:10 pm

Round table: philosophical reflections and discussions in German and English on the concept of proximity with Eveline Cioflec, Abbed Kanoor, Niels Weidtmann and Hora Zabarjadi-sar from the Centre for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies at the University of Tübingen mixed with short artistic proposals.

1. In German
10 min Presentation CIIS
5 min music at ICFA
10 min discussion
Musical Escape: Debussy and Satie by Ninon Gloger at ICFA

2. In English
10 min Presentation CIIS
5 min organ Stefanus church
10 min discussion
5 min dance at ICFA


Reading in German by the author Yoko Tawada of one of his texts.

9:20 pm - 10:00 pm

Round table on the experience of proximity and change in this time of pandemic from different perspectives. Guests: the author Yoko Tawada, Hannah Neumann German Member of the European Parliament Die Grüne, a nurse and a migrant. Discussion in German.

Artistic Escape at ICFA


Three actors from Landestheater Tübingen read Huis clos de Sartre (to be confirmed)
The subject of this piece by Sartre echoes the problems of imposed proximity and necessary distancing.

10:20-10:50 p.m.

Round table Proximity and languages. Intercultural perspectives on proximity. Are there words that are not translatable and that you miss in another language and why do you miss them? The discussion invites the chat audience to share words or expressions that are missing in another language. Discussion in German and English.
Artistic Escape at ICFA

10:50 p.m. to 9:10 p.m.

Readings on migration experiences from the book Migranten erzählen.