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I see it differently... - Identity and Diversity at the Festival of Dissent

Professorship of General Psychology and Biopsychology at Chemnitz University of Technology is a cooperation partner on an event format that focuses on dialogue about topics that move Chemnitz on 5 September 2020

With the dialogue format "I see it differently..." the C³ Chemnitzer Veranstaltungszentren GmbH in cooperation with the City of Chemnitz, the Professorship of General Psychology and Biopsychology at Chemnitz University of Technology and the Dresden-based Institute B3 e.V. would like to offer a platform for personal exchange on topics that currently concern the citizens of the city of Chemnitz. Interested parties can meet on 5 September 2020 from 13:30 to 17:00 in the Chemnitz Stadthallenpark at 30 tables to talk to each other. The Festival of Dissent took place for the first time in 2019 and was an attempt to overcome the walls within the city - by listening and understanding. This year, it is one of the micro-projects supported as part of the application of the city of Chemnitz for the title "European Capital of Culture”.

"The goal is an honest and respectful exchange between people of different opinions, views and origins," says initiator and organizer Dr. Ralf Schulze from the C³ Chemnitzer Veranstaltungszentren GmbH. "From it, the chance results for exchange with people, with whom one does not meet otherwise in the personal or vocational surrounding field, results.” The Chair of General Psychology and Biopsychology at Chemnitz University of Technology trains so-called "table moderators" for this event format, who will lead the discussion rounds. "Currently, 15 students from various fields of study at Chemnitz University of Technology have already registered as moderators, and representatives of municipal and Saxony-wide institutions and associations have also joined them," reports Annett Meylan, research assistant at the professorship.

The results of the discussion from 2019 have been incorporated into the development of the "Strategy for Chemnitz 2040." "The key topics that were discussed at the tables last year were extremely diverse: citizens of Chemnitz were particularly interested in the infrastructure, the image and cityscape of Chemnitz, social issues such as migration and forms of coexistence, as well as general political issues and opportunities for citizen participation," says Meylan.  This year, the suggestions of the citizens will be taken up by the city administration again and, if possible, implemented.

Notes on the course of the event:

  • from 13:30: Registration begins - allocation of the participants takes place in the drawing of lots, per table four guests and one table host will come together
  • 14:30: Welcome and explanation of the procedure
  • 14:45: Start of the 1st round of talks - 45 minutes
  • 15:30: Break
  • 15:45: 2nd round of talks - 45 minutes
  • 17:15 The most important insights from the conversations or the individual tables are documented visibly for everyone.
  • 17:00: End of the event

Interested parties who would like to participate in the discussions during the event or at a later date are kindly requested to contact the registration desk.

Further information is available from Prof. Dr. Udo Rudolph, telephone 0371 531-36394, e-mail

Annett Meylan, telephone 0371 531-33389, e-mail

(Author: Mario Steinebach / Translation: Chelsea Burris)

Matthias Fejes

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