"Scholarship and Politics. Heidelberg's Political Intellectual Alfred Weber (1868-1958)" is the title of an exhibition designed by Weber's biographer Eberhard Demm and on show in the foyer of the Museum of the University of Heidelberg from 19 November 2003 to 31 March 2004. The media and the general public are cordially invited to attend the opening on Tuesday, 18 November 2003 at 6.15 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Old University (Grabengasse 1).
Scholarship and politics were the two poles around which Alfred Weber's life revolved. After teaching economics in Berlin and Prague, he came to Heidelberg in 1907, where he soon extended his concerns beyond the limits of his immediate subject, turning his attention to the philosophy of history and the sociology of culture and government. His political commitment was equally remarkable. In the latter stages of the German empire he was mainly active in the field of social politics, while from 1918 on he fought against the Communists and the National Socialists for the preservation of Weimar democracy. After a courageous and far-sighted act of resistance in March 1933, he relinquished his professorship and joined a resistance group. After 1945 he put himself at the service of democratic revival, later advocating the reunification and neutralisation of Germany. The exhibition shows Weber as a representative of academic and democratic continuity between the German empire and the Federal Republic. A small catalogue published by Verlag regionalkultur (Ubstadt-Weiher) accompanies the exhibition.
The material on show is based largely on the section of Alfred Weber's legacy in the keeping of Heidelberg's University Library. Other exhibits have been provided above all by the University Archives and the Alfred Weber Institute, with further loans from other archives and scientific institutions elsewhere. The design of the exhibition and the catalogue published by Verlag regionalkultur (Ubstadt-Weiher) are in the charge of Dr. Dr. Eberhard Demm, formerly professor at the Jean Moulin University of Lyon. In 1990 and 1996, Demm published a two-volume biography of Alfred Weber.
At the opening, Prof. Angelos Chaniotis, vice-Rector of the University of Heidelberg, will deliver a welcoming address. Subsequently, Eberhard Demm will give an introduction to the exhibition. Prof. Dr. Heinz Markmann (Heidelberg) will speak on his personal memories of Weber and the period in question.
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