6 Degrees drives a global conversation on citizenship and inclusion. The Canadian initiative is at once an immersive annual three-day event in Toronto, a series of one-day sessions across the globe, and a digital space where ideas and experiences are continuously shared. 6 Degrees is about connection, conversation, artistic representation and the power that comes from bringing engaged people together. It counters rising nativism and exclusion, and instead, invites everyone to find a place in our circle. 6 Degrees breaks down barriers and brings together authors and activists, artists and academics to think out loud and reframe the debate over inclusion and active citizenship.
German Participation at 6 degrees:
Bernhard Schlink(© Gaby Gerster/Diogenese Verlag )Bernhard Schlink
Bernhard Schlink is a writer and a professor of public law and legal philosophy; for many years he was also a judge at a German constitutional law court. Schlink is one of Germany’s best known contemporary authors; his novel The Reader (Der Vorleser) first published in 1995, became an international bestseller.
Ines Kappert(© Gunda-Werner-Institut)Ines Kappert, Gunda-Werner Institute
Ines Kappert is a former taz-journalist and reported extensively about the refugee topic in Germany. She is now the Executive Director of the Gunda Werner Institute. She will participate in the 6degrees panel “Power of Words” besides Nassira El-Moaddem, Editor in Chief of Bondy Bloc (France), Wadah Khanfar, former Director General of Al Jazeera (Palestine), and George Elliot-Clarke, Poet Laureate of Canada. Ines Kappert is a guest of the German Consulate Toronto.
Heike Steinweg(© Heike Steinweg)Heike Steinweg, Women in Exil
Heike Steinweg is a German portrait photographer. Her photos have appeared in Die Zeit, The New York Times, Le Monde & The Sunday Times Magazine. In her latest project “I never said good bye – Women in Exile“ Steinweg portrays women, who had to flee their war-torn home countries and now aspire to overcome their struggle to integrate and make a new country home in a very intimate photographic approach. Heike will participate in the 6degrees panel “Power of Pictures” besides Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Yannis Behrakis (Greece) and documentary filmmaker Sunny Bergman (Netherlands). Heike Steinweg is a guest of the German Consulate Toronto.