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Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its Values

Culture / Discussion
german language

Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of the German literary scene, Sigrid Löffler together with renowned writers in Alpbach, will discuss topics at the interface of fiction and reality.
This year she will tackle the topic of political radicalisation of young men who have drifted towards fundamentalism and even terrorism.


Vice President, European Forum Alpbach; Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Vienna Introduction
Writer, Berlin
Writer, Hamburg
Literary Critic, Author and Publicist, Berlin Chair


Vice President, European Forum Alpbach; Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University of Vienna

1979-1986 Medical School, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
1986 Doctoral thesis, University Eye Hospital, Munich
1986 Internal rotation in Ophthalmic Pathology Howe Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
1986-1987 Research Fellow, Institute of Immunology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
1987-1990 Resident in Ophthalmology, University Eye Hospital, Munich
1990-1992 Research Fellow in Photomedicine, Wellman Laboratories, Mass. General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1991-1992 Research Fellow in Ophthalmology, Retina-Department, Massachusetts Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
1992-1993 Clinical Fellow in Medical Retina, University Eye Hospital, Medical University of Lübeck
1992-2004 Research Associate, Medical Laser Center, University of Lübeck, Germany
1993-1995 Instructor in Ophthalmology, University Eye Hospital Lübeck
1996-1999 Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology, University Eye Hospital Lübeck
2000-2004 Professor in Ophthalmology
since 2004 Appointment at the University of Vienna, Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology
2008 Visiting Professorship: Mc Gill University / Montreal / Canada
since 2009 Lecturer, ESASO - European School for Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology, Lugano
since 2009 Lecturer, PhD-Program at CeMM, Center for Molecular Medicine, Academy of Sciences, Vienna
since 2010 Elected member of the Senate, MUW - Medical University of Vienna


Writer, Berlin

 Sherko Fatah was born in East Berlin in 1964 to a German mother and an Iraqi Kurd father. Fatah spent part of his childhood in Iraq, where his father still lives today. In 1975, he and his parents settled in West Germany. Fatah studied philosophy and art history in West Berlin.In 1999 he attended a writers' workshop at Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. Since then he published four novels an one novella.


Writer, Hamburg

1967-1979 School
1979-1987 More school: university (mathematics), most of it in Innsbruck, some in California
 Since 1988 Writer
1988 First book published: EINER (a long short story)

Mag. Dr. Sigrid LÖFFLER

Literary Critic, Author and Publicist, Berlin

1960-1966 Studies in German and English literature and philosophy, University of Vienna
1966 Master of philosophy, University of Vienna
1967-1968 German language teacher in England
1968-1972 Editor, Foreign Affairs desk, Vienna daily «Die Presse»
1972-1993 Cultural editor and vice editor-in-chief, Austrian news magazine «profil»
1988-1996 Cultural correspondent in Vienna, «Süddeutsche Zeitung», Munich
1993-1996 Freelancing contributor to various German and Swiss dailies and weeklies
1987-2000 Permanent member, German TV-Show «Das Literarische Quartett», ZDF
1996-1999 Cultural chief-of-staff, Hamburg weekly «Die Zeit»
2000-2008 Founder and editor-in-chief, literary monthly magazine «Literaturen» in Berlin
  Guest lecturer at various universities in Germany, USA and Israel
since 2008 Freelancing literary critic for various German and Austrian media and moderator of literary events in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
2010 Honorary doctor degree, University of Bielefeld

Cultural Programme

show timetable
kategorie: Alle Culture


17:15 - 17:30Opening Concert Part I: Premiere of "The Light of Experience"Culture
19:00 - 19:30Opening Concert Part IICulture
21:00 - 21:15Marco Szedenik »World and Spirit. The Philosophers' Cycle (First Part)«Culture


18:30 - 19:00Body Experiences - Günter Brus. Photographs from ActionsCulture
20:00 - 22:00International EveningCulture
20:00 - 22:00International EveningCulture
20:05 - 20:15The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Introduces ItselfCulture


18:00 - 19:30Remembering Arthur KoestlerCulture


18:00 - 19:30Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its ValuesCulture
18:00 - 19:30Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its ValuesCulture
20:00 - 21:30Radix Chamber Ensemble: "Worth the Experience: Dynamics"Culture


17:15 - 18:00Back to the FutureCulture


20:00 - 21:30Lüder Wohlenberg: "Spontaneous Recovery"Culture


18:45 - 20:00Markus Lüpertz "Unruhe auf dem Olymp"Culture
20:00 - 22:00"Foreign" by Miriam FassbenderCulture


19:00 - 21:00Speakers´ Night: European Values - Who? Where? When?Culture


18:30 - 20:00Vienna Lectures: "Maintaining and Shaping Relationships - between Respect, Politeness, Correctness and Solidarity"Culture
21:00 - 23:00"Alphabet" by Erwin WagenhoferCulture


20:00 - 21:30Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: "The other magic mountain. A response to Alpbach"Culture


11:00 - 13:00"The Priest's Children" by Vinko BresanCulture
20:30 - 21:30Slavic Summer. Eastern European Weather. (Literature, Jokes and Music)Culture


19:30 - 21:00Cine Science: "Crime and Prosecution on US TV-Shows as Value Discourse"Culture


13:00 - 16:00Live Painting: NychosCulture
20:30 - 21:30Miha Pogacnik: What Businesses can Learn from MusicCulture


21:00 - 22:00Luma.LaunischCulture


18:00 - 19:00"Rasende Ruinen: Wie Detroit sich neu erfindet" by Katja KullmannCulture
19:30 - 21:00Rosemary's ValuesCulture


19:30 - 21:00Franui: "Fresh Merchandise"Culture


10:15 - 10:30Quartet of the Vienna PhilharmonicCulture
10:15 - 10:30Quartet of the Vienna PhilharmonicCulture