RUB-Forum Capital of Culture 2010

Since the winter 2006/07, the Institute for social movements organizes in conjunction with the Rector of Ruhr-University Bochum once each semester the RUB-Forum Capital of Culture 2010.
The series aims to experts and an interested audience of regional public and students to discuss historical and cultural facets of the Ruhr area together and at the same time to accompany the planning and design process of Culture 2010. The first event in January 2007 dealt with the foundations of the concept of culture and the origins and developments discussed the idea of Culture. The other events had been the role of science and the range of cultural phenomena of the subject. Participation in the events is free.

Concluding event

Past events

1. The Idea of European Capital of Culture - Origin, Development and scope of a European cultural policy (16 January 2007)
Lecture and discussion with Prof. Dr. Jörn Rüsen (Institute for Advanced Study Essen), Lawrence Richter (University of Cologne), Dr. Jürgen Mittag (Institute of Social Movements), Dr. Gudrun Quenzel (University of Duisburg-Essen) and Prof. Dr. Tenfelde Klaus (Institute for Social Movements)

2. Culture - Capital of Sciences (November 6, 2007)
with Fritz Pleitgen (Chairman of the Board of RUHR.2010 GmbH), Lothar Zechlin (Founding Rector of the University of Duisburg-Essen), Elmar Weiler (Rector of the Ruhr-University Bochum) and Jürgen Howaldt (Chairman of the Scientific Forum Ruhr eV)

3. The Ruhr region - City of Cultures (January 29, 2008)
Lecture and discussion with Asli Sevindim Director (of the thematic area "City of Cultures" of the RUHR.2010) and Dr.Norbert Lammert (President of the German Bundestag)

4. The Ruhr region: European cultural area? (9 July 2008)
Panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie (Director of the Institute Essen), Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt (Managing Director of RUHR.2010 GmbH) and Prof. Dr. Klaus Tenfelde (Director of the Institute of Social Movements), Chair: Dr. Dagmar Gaßdorf (editor of the Ruhr REVUE)

5. The Culture - opportunities for the creative industries? (10 February 2009)
Bernd Fesel (project manager of the team GmbH RUHR.2010 city of creativity), Michael Townsend (Cultural Affairs of the City of Bochum), Prof. Dr. Rolf Heinze (social scientist at Ruhr-University Bochum) and Annette Dabs (head of puppet of the Nations [Fidena])

6. Networking in Europe? The cooperation of the Capitals (12 May 2009)
Panel discussion with Hatto Fischer (cultural advisor and coordinator of the organization poiein KAI PRATTEIN, Athens), Wim Coudenys (including board member University Network of European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC)), Hanns-Dietrich Schmidt (including Head of International Relations RUHR.2010, Essen ) and Sylvia Tiews (City of Dortmund Economic Development, IT Industry Development)

7. Urban Landscapes of Modernity: Istanbul and the Ruhr Area 2010 (December 15-18, 2010 in Istanbul)
Organized by Orient-Institut Istanbul and Bilgi University (Istanbul)
Co-organized by Library of the Ruhr Foundation and Institute for Social Movements



  • Jürgen Mittag/Kathrin Oerters: Kreativwirtschaft und Kulturhauptstadt: Katalysatoren urbaner Entwicklung in altindustriellen Ballungsregionen? in: Gudrun Quenzel (Hg.): Entwicklungsfaktor Kultur. Studien zum kulturellen und ökonomischen Potential der europäischen Stadt, Bielefeld 2009, S. 61-94.
  • Klaus Tenfelde: Vision über den Kirchtürmen. Anmerkungen zur Kulturhauptstadt Ruhr 2010, in: RUB Kultur 2009/2010, hg. v. d. Pressestelle im Auftag des Kanzlers der Ruhr-Universität, Bochum 2009, S. 15-19.
  • Jürgen Mittag (Hg.): Die Idee der Kulturhauptstadt Europas. Anfänge, Ausgestaltung und Auswirkungen europäischer Kulturpolitik, Essen 2008.