Cultures - Histories and Futures addresses globalisation’s impact beyond political power structures, considering emerging phenomena around identity, distinction, coalescence, projection or transformation, as well as new experiences of difference and belonging. Their redefinition means that the cultural coordinates of the present also give way to new perspectives on histories, genealogies, traditions, and visions of the future. On the one hand, this theme’s goal is to raise awareness around the ambiguities, uncertainties or paradoxes of a post-globalised world in terms of cultural and historical differences. On the other hand, art is understood as a critical practice that reflects on the experience of social change through the lens of aesthetics. Essentially, the theme’s activities aim at enhancing transcultural sensitivity.

So far, Cultures - Histories and Futures organises each year an international semester programme, summer schools, workshops and symposia.