The Körber History Forum is an international discussion forum, held annually in Berlin, that addresses current conflicts and political challenges with regard to the respective historical background. App. 200 participants will be invited: actors from politics, science and public life, intellectuals and opinion leaders from Germany, other European countries and the USA. The objective is to promote international understanding of the political dimension of history.
The next Körber History Forum will take place on 28 and 29 May, 2018.
Körber History Forum 2017
Looking to the past to resolve the conflicts of the present
This year’s Körber History Forum focused on the political dimension of history and the role it can play in explaining the present. The speakers included Pierre Moscovici, Christoph Heusgen, Karen Donfried, Adam Roberts, Harald Welzer, and Nina Krushcheva.
“We are attempting to build a bridge between politics and history that stretches from Germany to the rest of Europe,” explained Thomas Paulsen, a member of the Körber Foundation’s executive board, at the opening of the two-day Körber History Forum in Berlin. The Forum brought together international academics, journalists, politicians, intellectuals, and historians for the second time. Paulsen continued by explaining that history offers guidance in the face of current crises and catastrophes. Moreover, as history helps to slow things down, it often appears to provide relief. However, Paulsen was clear that “the Körber History Forum should never act as a haven,” and that no attempt was being made to flee from a world that had been thrown off its tracks. “On the contrary, we are looking for answers to the questions of the present – answers to the time in which we are living in.” Finally, Paulsen stressed that it was essential to find out how history could help us better understand current conflicts and arrive at more coherent political decisions.