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Berlin in Film – Goodbye Lenin

Department of German Film Series “Berlin in Film” presents:
Goodbye Lenin

Sept 27, 2018 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm
East Pyne 010

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.

Speaking With Arendt: TV and the Theatricality of Interviewing on “Zur Person”

Monday Oct 1 @ 4:30pm
Stefanie Diekmann
Institut für Medien, Theater und Populäre Kultur, Universität Hildesheim

Speaking With Arendt: TV and the Theatricality of Interviewing on “Zur Person”

On October 28th, 1964, Hannah Arendt appeared on Günter Gaus’ TV Show “Zur Person” to be interviewed about her work and publications, her experiences as a student and scholar in pre-war Germany and as an exile during the Third Reich, her post-war political engagement and her concept of self and biography. The interview, more than one hour long, is a fascinating document, (available for viewing in its entirety and with English subtitles here) not only of Arendt as a philosopher and conversationalist, but of the underlying attempt to re-establish (or rather, to invent) a conversational tradition that had been all but destroyed under the Nazi regime. In “Zur Person,” the most famous of West German talk shows well into the 1970’s, this happens not just by way of dialogical interaction but also on the level of mise en scène, decor, camera work and montage.
Co-Sponsored by the Committee on Film Studies
 

Stefanie Diekmann
Institut für Medien, Theater und Populäre Kultur,
Universität Hildesheim

 

Princeton University
German Department
Fall 2018 Lecture Series
Curated by Thomas Y. Levin & Johannes Wankhammer

All lectures will take place in East Pyne 205, followed by a reception in East Pyne 207.
Unless otherwise noted they will be given in English and are free and open to the public.

Domestic Violence: The Limits and Possibilities of a Concept

Introduction: Barbara N. Nagel (German, Princeton)
Artist remarks: Ran Ortner

Date: October 4th – 5th, 2018
Place: Betts Auditorium

Speakers/Moderators:
Zeynep Direk (Philosophy, Koç University, Istanbul)
Martin Harries (English, University of California, Irvine)
Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz (Comp.Lit./German, Princeton)
Desmond Jagmohan (Politics, Princeton)
Regina Kunzel (Gender and Sexuality/ History, Princeton)
Eunice Lee (Co-Legal Director, Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, University of California)
Michael Snediker (English, University of Houston)
Shatema Threadcraft (Government, Dartmouth College)
Silke-Maria Weineck (Comparative Literature/German, University of Michigan)

This one and a half-day conference seeks to start an interdisciplinary conversation on domestic violence, as a legal, political, anthropological, and psychoanalytic concept but also as an aesthetic and representational problem.
Domestic violence will be addressed both as an object of historical inquiry and as an urgent contemporary question (e.g., in relation to new legislation in Turkey and in Russia as well as in regard to a U.S. president who was accused of rape in the divorce depositions of his wife).
Speakers will analyze domestic violence as a blind spot, a present absence, or an unsaid in certain discourses and representations and pay particular attention to the structural interrelation of domestic violence with other forms of violence (state violence, racial violence, heteronormativity, mass shootings, etc.). We hope to bring together different communities and disciplines on campus to think through an incredibly difficult topic, which not only takes an emotional toll, but which also is conceptually demanding; whereas most conversations err on the side of the concrete and thus study domestic violence only empirically, our conference insists upon a critical, speculative perspective.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018(Betts Auditorium)
4:30-6:30pm
Introduction: Barbara N. Nagel (German, Princeton)
Artist remarks: Ran Ortner
Zeynep Direk (Philosophy, Koç University, Istanbul), “Confronting Domestic Violence in Turkey: Feminism and the Public Space”

Reception

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 (Betts Auditorium)
9:30-11:30am
Moderation: Regina Kunzel (Gender and Sexuality/ History, Princeton)
Shatema Threadcraft (Government, Dartmouth College), “Making All Black Deaths Matter: On Intersectional Power and Lethal Intimate Partner Violence”
Michael Snediker (English, University of Houston), “Tender Epicenter: Figuration and the Substance of Duress”

11:30-1pm Lunch Break

1-3pm
Moderation: Ekédi Mpondo-Dika (Sociology, Princeton)
Martin Harries (English, University of California, Irvine), “Learning Sexual Violence with Tennessee Williams”
Eunice Lee (Co-Legal Director, Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, University of California), “Domestic Violence, Asylum, and the Law”

3-3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30-4:45pm
Moderation: Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz (Comparative Literature, Princeton)
Silke-Maria Weineck (Comparative Literature/German, University of Michigan), “’Emergency God’: Stockholm Syndrome and the Family”

See Calendar Event

Open to the Public
Sponsored by: Center for Health and Wellbeing, Center for Human Values, Dept of Anthropology, Dept of Classics, Dept of Comparative Literature, Dept of English, Dept of French & Italian, Dept of German, Humanities Council, PIIRS, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Program in Law and Public Affairs

Berlin in Film – Sonnen Allee

Department of German Film Series “Berlin in Film” presents:
October 18, 2018 @ 7:30 – 9:30pm
East Pyne 010

Michael is a teenager coming of age in 1970s East Berlin. He and his friends daily traverse Sonnenallee, a street bisected by the West Berlin border, an ever-present reminder of a free world just beyond the wall. The teens rebel against their insular communist surroundings by immersing themselves in contraband rock records and other forms of pop art. What is at first a fad becomes a lifesaver as each kid comes to face the crushing realities of impending adulthood.

Snacks and soft drinks provided.

Gendered Objects: Literarische Ding- und Geschlechtercodierungen im 19. Jahrhundert

Monday Oct 22 @ 4:30pm
Ulrike Vedder
Institut für deutsche Literatur, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Gendered Objects: Literarische Ding- und Geschlechtercodierungen im 19. Jahrhundert

Masculine or feminine, sexual or asexual, normative or queer – gender-codes condense themselves in objects, just as gendered objects in turn affect the subjects who interact with them. From the fetish to the interior to the souvenir to the accessoire, the things of literary history are systematically gendered; the literary history of objects is thus also the history of the renegotiation of gender. The lecture draws out this connection with reference to the texts of Adalbert Stifter, Theodor Storm, and Herman Melville, and others.
The lecture will be held in German.
 

Victorian Human Hair Mourning Ring


 

Princeton University
German Department
Fall 2018 Lecture Series
Curated by Thomas Y. Levin & Johannes Wankhammer

All lectures will take place in East Pyne 205, followed by a reception in East Pyne 207.
Unless otherwise noted they will be given in English and are free and open to the public.

Berlin in Film – Lola Rennt

Department of German Film Series “Berlin in Film” presents:
Lola Rennt

Nov 14, 2018 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm
East Pyne 010

Two-bit Berlin criminal Manni delivers some smuggled loot for his boss, Ronnie, but accidentally leaves the 100,000 mark payment in a subway car. Given 20 minutes to come up with the money, he calls his girlfriend, Lola, who sprints through the streets of the city to try to beg the money out of her bank manager father and get to Manni before he does something desperate.

 

Snacks and soft drinks provided.

“I can’t go on, I’ll go on.” The Problem of Narrative Continuity in Goethe’s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre

Thursday Nov 15 @ 4:30pm
Helmut Müller-Sievers
Center for Humanities and the Arts; Dept. of Germanic & Slavic Languages
& Literatures, University of Colorado at Boulder

“I can’t go on, I’ll go on.” The Problem of Narrative Continuity in Goethe’s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre

How do novels generate in the reader the expectation that the story they tell goes on, from page to page, chapter to chapter, book to book? How do they negotiate the division imposed by the book market and the demands of the genre? And what conception of continuity is involved in the novelistic enterprise? This paper takes Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister’s Lehrjahre (1796-96) as an example to highlight some of the philosophical implications of modern narratives, and to outline a practice of interpretation that pays attention to visual and technical material.
 

    

Princeton University
German Department
Fall 2018 Lecture Series
Curated by Thomas Y. Levin & Johannes Wankhammer

All lectures will take place in East Pyne 205, followed by a reception in East Pyne 207.
Unless otherwise noted they will be given in English and are free and open to the public.

Berlin in Film – Glück

Department of German Film Series “Berlin in Film” presents:
Glück

Dec 5th, 2018 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm
East Pyne 010

Berlin prostitute Irina falls for homeless punk Kalle, though their fledgling romance is challenged when one of Irina’s clients dies suddenly, prompting Kalle to take drastic measures in order to protect the woman he loves. Based on a short story by author Ferdinand von Schirach.

Snacks and soft drinks provided.

Entropy and Constructed Worlds: Paul Kammerer’s “Law of the Series”

Thursday Dec 6 @ 4:30pm
Kirk Wetters
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures,
Yale University

Entropy and Constructed Worlds: Paul Kammerer’s “Law of the Series”

Austrian biologist Paul Kammerer’s controversial 1919 work Das Gesetz der Serie argues for a privileged ontological and epistemological status of anomalies, claiming that so-called “coincidences” reflect an underlying universal principle of the series that always reflects ordered lawfulness, regularity, and cohesion. This talk argues that Kammerer’s “series” may function better in constructed or literary worlds, which are premised on the idea that every anomaly and ambiguity can be recuperated as meaningful or symbolic. Reinterpreted as a hermeneutic-philological model, Kammerer’s law may thus prove useful as a sourcebook for “ways of worldmaking” (N. Goodman) – i.e., for designing and understanding rule-based constructed worlds.

 

Feuersalamander, Salamandra Maculosa, Image #13 in Das Gesetz der Serie (1919)


 

Princeton University
German Department
Fall 2018 Lecture Series
Curated by Thomas Y. Levin & Johannes Wankhammer

All lectures will take place in East Pyne 205, followed by a reception in East Pyne 207.
Unless otherwise noted they will be given in English and are free and open to the public.

2018 Summer School for Media Studies


Scaling. What happens when we scale things up or down?
Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies

June 16–22, 2018

The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies -a collaboration between Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, IKKM) and Princeton University (German Department)-returns to Princeton in 2018 for its eighth installment. The 2018 session will be devoted to the investigation of scale and scaling as operative concepts for the analysis of media. What happens when we scale? Does anything really change? Can scaling ever impact the inner blueprint of an object? Are there laws of scaling? Or does scaling resist any attempt at calculability, such that, to investigate it, we can only ever look at individual events of scaling? As a media practice, scaling is widely used. But, in contrast to the ubiquity of operations, scaling is hardly ever viewed on its own terms as a basic concept of media analysis. The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies 2018 will attempt to map out approaches to scaling as a basic media-analytical tool.

The summer school will be directed by Bernhard Siegert (Weimar) and Nikolaus Wegmann (Princeton). The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies invites applications from outstanding doctoral students throughout the world in media studies and related fields such as film studies, literary studies, philosophy, art history, architecture, sociology, politics, the history of science and visual culture.