The Berlin Sofa - Lorraine Daston and Theodore Porter.
Historians of science Lorraine Daston (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin/University of Chicago) and Theodore Porter (University of California at Los Angeles/ Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin) will be exploring the impact of science on the literary imagination with readings from Mark Twain, George Elliott, Thomas Carlyle, Charles Darwin, Michael Frayn, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and other writers captivated by the world-changing potential of science and technology.
Berlin-based celebrities from English-language countries read from their favorite authors' works.
Berlin has always attracted the courageous, travellers and people with a penchant for the modern-day city. Since the 1920s when, for example, the English writer Christopher Isherwood lived in the German capital for five years and wrote The Berlin Stories that inspired the musical Cabaret, Berlin has been a center for artists and intellectuals across the globe. The Fall of the Wall and the resulting second internationalzsation of Berlin has enhanced the city's appeal, and today Berlin is home to a large number of international artists, scientists and business people.
In 2010, as part of the 20th anniversary season, we launched a series of readings where celebrities from English-speaking countries living and working in Berlin read from their favorite authors' works.