Edward W. Said
Days 2021

Culture and Power

© Brigitte Lacombe

Culture and Power

And that is the power of culture,

by virtue of its elevated or superior position to authorize, to dominate, to legitimate, demote, interdict, and validate

Edward W. Said

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 music, lecture, art, and film, 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 the binary of resistance and subservience—and often the shades in between—in German, Soviet, Italian and American music. 

In addition to lectures and music, the exhibition Dry, featuring works by photographer Abdo Shanan and curated by Walid Aidoud will be on view in the foyer of the Barenboim-Said Akademie.

Exhibition "Dry"

Abdo Shanan

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

Available from Tuesday, August 24th.

Thursday, September 30

Friday, October 1

Saturday, October 2

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