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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