Guest lecture by Laura Marcus

Rhythmical Subjects and Modern Utopias

Do., 30.11.2017, 18:00 – Nebengebäude 2.731

This paper explores the intense focus on and fascination with questions of ‚rhythm‘ in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the development of ‘rhythmics’ and ‘rhythm-science’ in the period.  One significant dimension of this ‘rhythmic turn’ was found in developments in dance and movement. The paper looks at Dalcroze’s ‘eurythmics’ and Rudolf Steiner’s ‘eurythmy’, in the contexts of the architectural spaces in which they were practiced, as part of an examination of the ways in which rhythmic expression became an aspect of early twentieth-century utopianism.


Laura Marcus is Goldsmiths‘ Professor of English Literature and Fellow of New College. She was previously Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Her research and teaching interests are predominantly in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture, including life-writing, modernism, Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury culture, contemporary fiction, and literature and film. Her book publications include Auto/biographical Discourses: Theory, Criticism, Practice (1994), Virginia Woolf: Writers and their Work (1997/2004), The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period (2007; awarded the 2008 James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association), Dreams of ModernityPsychoanalysis, Literature, Cinema (2014) and, as co-editor, The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century English Literature (2004). She is on the editorial boards of a number of journals and is one of the editors of the journal Women: a Cultural Review. Her current research projects include scholarly editions of the work of modernist writers Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf, and a study of the concept of ’rhythm’ in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in a range of disciplinary contexts.

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Guest Lecture by Ranjan Ghosh

In Transition: The Aesthetics and Politics of the ‘Across Factor’

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 6pm – Casino 1.812

Over the last decade, I have invested myself in framing critical departures and discriminative correspondences between disciplines, across the humanities and sciences, training myself in poetics and philosophy across cultures both European and non-European. This sustained investment has resulted in the emergence of a conceptual/philosophical/epistemological space that I call “trans-(in)fusion”. It is this space that has inspired and nourished both my reading and writing. This ‘thinking’ space has eased me into making intellectual articulations across paradigms and epistemes, cultures of thought and establishment – a trans-(in)fusioned understanding of issues and ideas whether in the studies of religion, philosophy of history and historiography, memory studies, critical theory, continental philosophy, theories of literature, world literature, body theory, comparative aesthetics, educational philosophy, or the philosophy of sciences. Is critical thinking always in transition? My talk will explain what I mean by trans(in)fusion, trans-habit, intra-active transculturality, aesthetic imaginary, trans-thinking (conceptual coinages that have settled into the international comparative/ world literature vocabulary) to reformulate how we produce knowledge and reconfigurate discursive and disciplinary thinking.

Ranjan Ghosh is Professor of English at the University of North Bengal in India. His publications include (In)fusion Approach: Theory, Contestation, Limits (University Press of America, 2006); Edward Said, the Literary, Social and the Political World (London: Routledge, 2009); A Lover’s Quarrel with the Past: Romance, Representation, Reading (Oxford: Berghahn, 2012), Making Sense of the Secular (London: Routledge, 2012); Presence (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, with Ethan Kleinberg, 2013); Thinking Literature across Continents (Durham: Duke University Press, 2016, with J. Hillis Miller); Transcultural Poetics (London: Routledge, 2017); Aesthetics, Politics, Pedagogy, Tagore: Towards a Transcultural Philosophy of Education (London: Palgrave Macmillan,  2017); Philosophy and Poetry: A Continental Perspective (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018).

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Guest Lecture by Galvan-Alvarez

Sovereignty On Camera: Documentary, Performance and War in Syria


As the Syrian revolution, which began as a peaceful grassroots movement, became militarised in 2012, the Syrian government started losing ground in different parts of the country. From the early days, these ‘liberated areas’ became experimental spaces of difference where new forms of governance were implemented. In disparate ways, they aimed to prefigure the post-revolution, post-Assad era. However, as early as Spring 2013 there were plenty of cases of corruption, power-abuses and brutality in the areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) (Yassin-Kassab and al-Shami, 2016: 127), which seemed to mimic the ways of the Assad regime. As a reaction, many fighters and civilians turned towards Islamist principles as a guarantee of order and as an alternative to both the perceived lawlessness of the secular opposition and the relentless brutality of the government. By late 2013 infighting between opposition militias, and between conflicting visions of sovereignty, had become rampant, seeing the emergence of old jihadi ghosts from the post-9/11 imaginary and, in the process, attracting much journalistic attention. Continue reading →

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Guest Lecture by Roman Bartosch

Towards Transcultural Ecology: Learning | Reading

The ‘New World Literature’. The ‘Anthropocene’. Two of the most recent and most vitally flourishing critical concepts currently discussed in literary studies seem to demand a move towards a planetary scale. Not only may this move conflict with traditional tenets of poetics and interpretation because, as Dominic Head says, the notion of the planetary ‘may contradict the way in which the novel’s role as a social medium is usually articulated’ (2000, 237). It moreover leads to ‘derangements of scale,’ as Timothy Clark has repeatedly shown: When we talk, for instance, about environmental crises and the global, the novel’s ‘scale includes the whole earth but when it comes to relating the threat to daily questions of politics, ethics or specific interpretations of history, culture, literature, etc., the map is often almost mockingly useless’ (2012, 148-9). Continue reading →

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Guest Lecture by D. N. Rodowick

Hannah Arendt’s Care for Culture

29. Juni 2017, 18:00 in Cas 1.812 –In her long philosophical career, Arendt wrote relatively little on aesthetics nor did she seem overly concerned with the criticism of art. At the same time, she was deeply concerned about the humanities and its connection to politics. Of central interest here is Arendt’s deep and original account of Kant’s critique of the powers of judgment in “The Crisis in Culture” and other essays. Arendt’s guiding idea is that the Third Critique should be read as Kant’s contribution to a political philosophy whose fundamental elements and actions are grounded in judgments of taste. The place and power of the formation and communication of aesthetic experience is not neglected here, but rather reframed with respect to a particular concern: care of the polis and its attendant cultures, and how the power of a singular experience—aesthetic experience expressed as a judgment of taste—may be woven into communities of shared taste and moral concern. A care for culture entails preserving and perpetuating enduring aesthetic experiences, but even more fundamental is cultivating the kinds of free relations, for ourselves and for others, that are open to transformation by our encounters with others. In this manner, the power of judgment extends judgments of taste into an ever-widening fabric of intersubjective moral consideration, which for Arendt is the basis of any polity.  The humanities’ care for culture, and its cultivation of taste and powers of judgment, here becomes the basis of a political ethics.

D.N. Rodowick is Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor in Cinema and Media Studies and the College at the University of Chicago.

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AFRASO Lecture and Film Screening by Shihan de Silva

Indian Ocean Memories and African Migrants

13 June 2017, 12:00 c. t., Casino 1.801 – We are delighted to invite you to the upcoming AFRASO Film Screening and Lecture in cooperation with the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform: „Indian Ocean Memories and African Migrants“ by Shihan de Silva (University of London). More information here …

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Kolumbien: Historisches Gedächtnis, Postkonflikt & Transmigration

Simposio Internacional Colombia: memoria histórica, posconflicto y transmigraciónInternationales Symposium Goethe-Universität Frankfurt 03. bis 05. Mai 2017

Nach mehr als fünf Jahrzehnten des sozialen und bewaffneten Konflikts in Kolumbien haben die kolumbianische Regierung und die FARC, die zwei wichtigsten Akteure, im November 2016 ein Abkommen zur Beendigung dieser militärischen Konfrontationen unterzeichnet, die bisher annähernd sechs Millionen Opfer gefordert hat. Continue reading →

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Guest Lecture by Graham Huggan

Sperm Count: The Scoresbys and the North

04. Mai 2017, 18:00 in Cas 1.811 – Scoresby is a familiar name for all those interested in the confluence of British maritime history and Northern exploration. Two Scoresbys, to be precise: William Senior, a towering figure in the history of late eighteenth-century commercial whaling; and William Junior, a post-Enlightenment ‘improver’ whose religious beliefs would neither compromise his dogged scientific rationalism nor his considerable entrepreneurial flair. Continue reading →

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Summer School „Performing Postcolonialisms“ – Join the Team!

The Summer School ‘Performing Postcolonialisms’ (4-8 September 2017) will focus on contemporary art, sports, food, political and online demonstrations, inventions, and identities of postcolonial people. Our interest is to open a discourse on the multi-directional influence that colonialism and imperialism has had on the world and what it means to perform postcolonialisms in one’s home country, abroad, in transit, in art scenes, in politics, at dinner, in the street, and on the field. Continue reading →

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Denken geht durch den Magen

Eine interdisziplinäre Vortragsreihe zur Esskultur der Gegenwart Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Sommer 2017 – In Filmen und Romanen der Gegenwart können Essen und auch Kochen mehr als bloße Motive sein. Die Esskultur präsentiert sich als vielschichtiges und widersprüchliches Phänomen. Im Rahmen der zweisemestrigen Vortragsreihe gehen namenhafte Experten aus Ethnologie, Soziologie, Philosophie, Literatur-, Kultur- und Filmwissenschaft sowie Psychologie, Kulturanthropologie und Molekulargastronomie der Verbindung zwischen „Denken“ und „Essen“ auf den Grund. Continue reading →

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