ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
The ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry is an independent center for research and culture dedicated to exploring how diverse cultures can be brought into productive rather than pernicious confrontation. It takes ‘culture’ in a broad sense to include cultures associated with different identities (such as age, class, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexuality), spaces (such as city, internet, work) or discourses (such as art, economics, law, media, politics, science). It understands ‘culture’ as a contested and problematic notion and remains open to its various meanings in relation to other terms (such as implicit knowledge, nature, signifying practice, structure of feeling, ways of life).
The ICI Berlin defines itself through a series of interlocking core projects that are designed to register and initiate discursive shifts traversing disparate disciplines. It understands itself as a catalyst of radical reflection within a larger research landscape in Berlin and beyond, frequently also as a link between scholarship, cultural work, artistic practices, and activism.
Postdoctoral fellows are invited from across the globe to spend two years at the Institute to pursue their individual projects of varied disciplines, but also to shape, advance, and probe the Institute’s core project not only in a weekly research colloquium, but also by collectively organizing workshops, symposia, and conferences in which these exchanges materialize. Parallel to its ongoing research colloquium, the ICI Berlin organizes a variety of performances, panel discussions, art events, and readings, welcoming diverse audiences living in or passing through Berlin. It also welcomes cooperations with partner institutions and other research projects.
Founded in 2006 as a private non-profit organization (gGmbH), the ICI Berlin is situated in Prenzlauer Berg on the border to Berlin-Mitte within the Pfefferberg Complex, a former brewery turned into a cultural and social centre. It has a research library for staff and fellows, the holdings of which reflects past and present core projects and facilitates the use of other libraries in Berlin.