Edward W. Said
Days 2020

Culture and Power

© Abdo Shanan

Culture & Power

Edward W. Said sought to understand the world through culture and its dynamic relationship with political and economic power. As often a culture is used by authority to suppress, control, and dominate, culture is also a tool of resistance and subversion. In its third annual Edward W. Said Days, the Barenboim-Said Akademie will examine the relationship between culture and power.

Through a program of music, lecture, art, and film curated by Prof. Dr. Mena Mark Hanna, Dean of the Akademie, students and faculty will embark on an unflinching and critical exploration of, as Said quipped aphoristically, “the power of culture and the culture of power…”, with musical performances exploring resistance and subservience—and often the shades in between—in German, Soviet and American music. 

In addition to lectures and music, the exhibition Dry, featuring works by photographer Abdo Shanan, will be on view during the Edward W. Said Days 2020 in the foyer of the Barenboim-Said Akademie.

With the Weekend Pass for the Edward W. Said Days, you have access to the entire program of concerts and keynotes as well as additional events from Thursday to Saturday.

Thursday, March 26th

Friday, March 27th

Saturday, March 28th

Reading Recommendations

Edward W. Said, Culture and Imperialism

Edward W. Said, Power, Politics and Culture

Edward W. Said, Orientalism

Edward W. Said, Parallels and Paradoxes