Southeast Asian Studies section

"KÖLLE ALAAF?" - Reflections on the New Year's Eve in Cologne

Invitation to Panel Discussion: Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7 pm, Dr.-Hans-Kapfinger-Straße 14b (HK 14), Room 314a.

Multiculturalism requires a minimal consensus, as a base for mutual recognition. Part of this is tolerance with regards to differences. However, tolerance finds its limit in intolerance. Thus, when this minimal consensus is violated, be it by groups like Pegida, neo-nazis or foreign hooligans, repression of such tendencies is necessary. One important indicator of tolerance and mutual recognition is the acceptance of sexuality and sexual self-determination, especially of women.

Unfortunately, we face several taboos in the discussion of multiculturalism, sexual self-determination and freedom. What happened during the new year night shows that we can’t escape the challenges. What is required is a discussion based on reason, and not to leave the authority of interpretation to either groups with their specific agendas (like f.e. politicians) or “authoritarian communities”. A university has to be a place for free discourse based on reason. Those working on global issues, those trying to understand and interpret what is going on, have to name the current problems.

One attempt into this direction is to have a panel discussion on Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7 pm, HK 14 b, room 314 a + b. We try to bring the expertise we have at the University together to provide perspectives based on reason with the objective to save multiculturalism from its enemies.

Moderated by: Rüdiger Korff (Southeast Asian Studies, University of Passau)


  • Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam (Southeast Asian Studies, University of Passau)
  • Oliver Hahn (Journalism, University of Passau)
  • Bernhard Stahl (International Politics, University of Passau)
  • Kristina Grossmann (Comparative Development and Cultural Studies, University of Passau)
  • Suraya Afiff (Anthropology, University of Indonesia)
  • Mandy Fox (Southeast Asian Studies, University of Passau)
  • Susan Ahmadi (Master’s degree program „Governance & Public Policy”)
| 19.01.2016