Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


Every year in February, Munich transforms into a stage for world politics during the Munich Security Conference (MSC). A stage is given to political leaders to share their visions on security, safety and global order, 800 meters away from the Münchner Kammerspiele. The MSC, a supposedly “neutral” platform, is a forum for debate for some of the most powerful people in the world. Over 4,000 police officers, hundreds of police cars and countless barriers dominate public space for a few days in order for this to happen. Deals are made behind closed doors and hardly any space for public debate or exchange is accommodated.


This spectacle of power demands a counter-proposal. On Saturday the 15th Feb. we will pre-enact an alternative conference: speakers and performers will make a collective plea for interdependency. Together we will imagine what our world could look like if radically different people, with radically different ideas, are in charge of our security.


The “Shadow Munich Security Conference” assembles a group of outspoken progressive speakers, who claim the term “security” and share their visions of a world that is more safe, equal and just. This assembly departs from the idea that we have been discussing isolated crises long enough and have to start looking at how they are interconnected. Only a holistic vision on social and economic processes is able to make change. We will therefore focus on the relations between economic precarity, nationalism, increased surveillance, the climate catastrophe, armed conflict and the violence against refugees


International Politics, Terrorism, Security, Militarism, Surveillance

Period15 Feb 2020

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