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Dorothea von Mücke — Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Dorothea von Mucke

Princeton University
Department of German


Dorothea von Mücke
Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University

Aesthetic Experience and Pietist Spirituality between True Christianity and the Beautiful Soul

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
205 E. Pyne / 4:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public.
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Graduate Symposium March 27th

Graduate Symposium March 27 2015DEPARTMENT of GERMAN
Princeton University

27 March 2015

2:30p – 5:30p

The Book Market, the Good Reader, and the Rise of “Fan Fiction” in 18th-Century Germany

“Hovering between all terminology”: Names and Measures in Goethe’s Cloud Studies

“Eine Hoffnungslose Beziehung”: (Un)Musical Notation in Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina

Graduate Symposium March 27 2015

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Dept of German Open House — April 2nd

Department of German Open House

Where: East Pyne Room 207
When: 4:30pm, April 2, 2015

Come meet faculty, current majors and graduate students.


German Literature, German Philosophy & Intellectual History, Media and Aesthetics, Germanic Linguistics, Comparative Study of Two Literatures, Joint Program in German Culture and Politics

Certificate in German Language and Culture:

Princeton in Munich, Summer Work Program (SWP), and Berlin Study Abroad

Refreshments will be served.

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What Was World Literature? Early Modern Theories of Translation and the German Language

A lecture by Bethany Wiggin on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – Lecture at 4:30pm in 205 East Pyne

“What Was World Literature? Early Modern Theories of Translation and the German Language”

This lecture invites exploration of what we mean when we ask “What Is World Literature?” Returning to the suggestive definition offered by David Damrosch (world literature is “literature that gains in translation”), I probe different modes of translation into German, beginning with the late Goethe and moving backward in time. Drawing on examples from Opitz, Luther, Steinhoewel, et al, this lecture asks how we might conceive of world literature before global modernity and why today we might wish to do so.

Bethany wiggin

Devin Fore speaking at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study on February 18th

The next art history seminar at the Institute for Advanced Study will be held on February 18, 2016 at 6pm in the ground floor of the West Building. Fore’s talk, “Before Documentary: Ornament and Knowledge in Soviet Factography,” returns to a time before the consolidation of documentary as an aesthetic genre in the 1930s, focusing on the preceding moment when documentary was not yet a style but a method of scientific inquiry, even a mode of cognition. It examines three striking strategies of documentary inquiry in the film, photography and photomontage of the 1920s, asking of these experiments, What is the nature of documentary thought? All are welcome to attend.

IAS dinner

Department Of German Lecture Series – Spring 2015

Spring 2015 Lectures

The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy
Eric Santner
Thursday, February 12th
106 McCormick – 4:30pm

What was World Literature? Early Modern Theories of Translation and the German Language
Bethany Wiggin
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
205 E. Pyne – 4:30pm

Aesthetic Experience and Pietist Spirituality between True Christianity and the Beautiful Soul
Dorothea von Mücke
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
205 E. Pyne – 4:30pm

How to Modernize Hermeneutics? Readings of Rilke’s Late Poems
Christoph König
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
205 E. Pyne – 4:30pm

Eric Santner: “The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy”

The Spring 2015 German Department lecture series commences with a talk by Eric Santner, the Philip and Ida Romberg Distinguished Service Professor in Modern Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago.

Santner, whose recent work investigates sovereignty as a political, psychoanalytic, religious, and aesthetic phenomenon, will speak at 4:30PM on Thursday, February 12 in 106 McCormick. His talk pursues the entanglement of the human body in the normative dilemmas of political sovereignty in modernity, a topic which was also subject of Santner’s 2014 Tanner Lectures on Human Values at UC Berkeley.

Eric Santner is visiting Princeton in connection with the seminar “Psychoanalytic Turns in Art History and Literary Criticism,” taught by Brigid Doherty in Fall 2014. Santner’s lecture on Thursday, February 12, will serve as the keynote address for a colloquium on Friday, February 13, in which graduate students from the Departments of German, Art & Archaeology, Comparative Literature, French & Italian, and the School of Architecture will present research projects launched in that seminar. For more information on the colloquium, contact Brigid Doherty.

Santner has authored several important books, including The Royal Remains: The People’s Two Bodies and the Endgames of Sovereignty (2011),On Creaturely Life (2007), On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life: Reflections on Freud and Rosenzweig (2001), My Own Private Germany: Daniel Paul Schreber’s Secret History of Modernity (1996), and Stranded Objects: Mourning, Memory, and Film in Postwar Germany (1990). He also co-authored, with Slavoj Zizek and Kenneth Reinhard, The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (2005).

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December 9th Mini-Symposium on Heidegger’s Schwarze Hefte with Peter Gordon (Harvard) and Karsten Harries (Yale)

The Fall 2014 German Department Lecture Series will conclude with a mini-symposium at 4:30pm on Tuesday, December 9th in 010 East Pyne on Heidegger’s recently published Schwarze Hefte [Black Notebooks] . The event will consist of lectures by Peter Gordon (Amabel B. James Professor of History, Harvard College Professor, Harvard University) and Karsten Harries (Howard H. Newman Professor of Philosophy, Yale University). Anson Rabinbach (Professor of History, Princeton) will serve as the moderator.

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Prof. Gordon describes the stakes of his talk “Prolegomena to any Future Destruction of Metaphysics” as follows:

The official publication of the first set of Heidegger’s schwarze Hefte, or “black notebooks” (originally written between 1931 and 1941) has generated great controversy in the world of Continental philosophy. Composed during the very last years of the Weimar Republic and the formative years of the Third Reich, the notebooks reveal Heidegger’s private and political ruminations on many themes: the “failure” of his rectorship, the future of Germany in an age of technological metaphysics (or “Machenschaft”) and the need for an “other beginning” beyond the errors of the metaphysical tradition. They also reveal a deep and philosophically motivated strain of anti-Semitism beyond what was known before of the philosopher’s prejudices. For those who may still wish to take Heidegger seriously as a philosopher and are unwilling to dismiss his work as hopelessly contaminated by the ideology of National Socialism, the urgent question remains: How should we read him from this point forward, and what model of interpretation underwrites our encounter with his philosophy?

In his talk, entitled “The Most Recent Heidegger Controversy: Missing the Forest for a Few Trees,” Prof. Harries’ will argue that

Heidegger’s recently published Black Notebooks have been said to demonstrate once more his ongoing commitment to National Socialism, an essential connection between that commitment and his philosophical thought, and his obsession with ‘World Jewry,’ reason enough for us to dismiss him as a philosopher to be taken seriously. However, a thorough reading of the Black Notebooks calls all three claims into question. What the notebooks do show, in tiring and repetitive detail, is that Heidegger came to understand himself ever more decisively as an untimely thinker, who found it impossible to make his peace with the modern world, projecting that home of which he dreamed into an indefinite future. At issue is the legitimacy of the modern age.

The mini-symposium will be conducted in English and is free and open to the public.


Thomas G. Schestag Lecture “Zuschreiben” Wednesday, Nov 12th @ 4:30pm EP205

Thomas G. Schestag

Thomas G. Schestag

Thomas G. Schestag (Brown University) will give a lecture in German entitled “Zuschreiben” on Wednesday, November 12, 2015 at 4:30pm in East Pyne 205. The lecture will explore, “how to attribute, how not to attribute, a name to what we see? But what is there to see? Here: in a drawing attributed to Gentile Bellini.”

Prof. Schestag joined the faculty of the German Department at Brown University in January 2014 as an Associate Professor and is currently the Director of Graduate Studies. A scholar of German and comparative literature, he has taught in the United States at Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins, University of Michigan, NYU and the University of Virginia, as well as in Japan, Hungary and in Germany at the universities of Bonn, Frankfurt, Bochum and at the LMU, Munich. In the fall of 2013 he was the John P. Birkelund Fellow in the Humanities at the American Academy in Berlin.

Educated in Paris, Strasbourg, Zurich (PhD, 1988), at the Freie Universität Berlin (MA, 1984), and the University of Frankfurt (Habilitation, 2003), Schestag has published widely on theories of names and naming, hermeneutics and translation, and the intersection of philosophy, poetry, and political theory. An English translation of his 2006 book, Die unbewältigte Sprache (Engeler), on Hannah Arendt’s theory of poetry, is in preparation. He is also investigating the idea of sensus communis (koinē aisthēsis) concerning the existence of a sense for language preceding the pre-conceptual notion of a linguistic “common sense.”

For a PDF of the poster, please click here

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Florian Höllerer – Luncheon Presentation on October 21st

Florian Höllerer

Florian Höllerer

Florian Höllerer, the director of the prestigious Literarisches Colloquium in Berlin, will give a Lunchtime Presentation on Tuesday October 21 @ Noon in 207 East Pyne (lunch provided). Höllerer, a former graduate student in the German Department, will speak about the changing status of the German and European Literaturhaus as institution. He describes his presentation, entitled “‘A House Of One’s Own': Perspektiven des Literaturhausmodells
” as follows:

Literaturhäuser haben in den letzten dreißig Jahren in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz einen wahren Gründungsboom erlebt. Ausgehend von Berlin wurden nicht nur alle Großstädte vom Literaturhaus-Fieber gepackt, sondern auch mehr und mehr mittelgroße Städte wie Kiel, Darmstadt, Magdeburg, Wiesbaden, Rostock oder Nürnberg. Ja, man kann sagen, dass Literaturhäuser ein selbstverständliches Element der urbanen Kulturlandschaft geworden sind – so wie Theater, Museen, Konzerthäuser oder Kinos. Auch in Europa setzt sich das Modell rasant fort, z.B. in Oslo, Kopenhagen, Genf oder London. Über die Jahre hat sich das Selbstverständnis der Häuser – ihre inhaltliche Ausrichtung, ihre Organisationsstrukturen oder ihre Finanzierungsmodelle – mehrfach verändert. Und wie sieht das Literaturhaus der Zukunft aus?

The lunchtime presentation will take place on Tuesday, October 21st at noon in East Pyne 207; please rsvp to if you plan to attend. Click here to download the pdf version of the poster.