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Appearance: Fragments of a Political Phenomenology

Princeton University’s Department of German presents:

Appearance: Fragments of a Political Phenomenology

Juliane Rebentisch

Date: October 2nd, 2017
Location: East Pyne 010
Time: 4:30pm –

What does it mean to make a public appearance? If one believes Hannah Arendt, it involves very particular conditions; those of a specific space in which this appearance will be perceived by others. A “space of appearance,” as Arendt calls it, by no means automatically exists in every place where people gather as a crowd. Instead it is constituted wherever “people are together in the manner of speech and action.” It is only in this being together that an intersubjective “interstitial space” is created in which people exist not merely as things that are indifferent to one another but explicitly make their appearance in front of and for one another. The talk will critically develop the aesthetic, ethical and political dimensions of Arendt’s concept of a “space of appearance” in the context of contemporary debates on democracy and media.

Reshaping the Humanities and Sciences: The Berlin Lautabteilung in the 1920s

Princeton University German Department
Fall 2017 Lecture Series

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2016
Time: 4:30pm
Location: 205 East Pyne

Viktoria Tkaczyk (Humboldt U., Berlin; Max Plank Institut for the History of Science, Berlin)
“Reshaping the Humanities and Sciences: The Berlin Lautabteilung in the 1920s”

This talk’s focus is the Lautabteilung (“sound department”) of the Prussian State Library, directed by the language teacher and phonetician Wilhelm Doegen in the 1920s. In terms of academic infrastructures, I trace how the Lautabteilung emerged from the Royal Prussian Phonographic Commission, led by Doegen with the aim of recording prisoners of war interned near Berlin during 1915 and 1918. Doegen’s later Sound Department continued to serve several state authorities in interwar Germany, and attempted to unite the potentials of a scholarly sound collection and an acoustic laboratory. It aimed to establish the gramophone as a novel research technology that could unite multiple disciplines ranging from linguistics and language studies to musicology, ethnology, anthropology, zoology, criminology, medicine, and psychology. I will look more closely at two projects incorporated by the department, in applied psychology (led by psychologist Fritz Giese) and applied linguistics (led by linguist Theodor Siebs), which reveal regulative and future-oriented projections of German labor policy and language use. These two projects marked an important shift from earlier visions of scientific sound archives, motivated by a historicist desire for exhaustiveness and conceived as serving the purposes of analysis, toward an understanding of sound archiving as applied research.

Viktoria Tkaczyk leads the Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics” at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and is a professor at the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is currently working on the emergence of new techniques of “thinking with sound” in a range of disciplines around 1900, and on a long history of architectural acoustics.

Reading the Social: Lenz, Moritz, Karsch

Princeton University’s Department of German presents:
Nacim Ghanbari (jun. Prof., Univ. Siegen; Visiting Prof., Princeton German Dept.)
Reading the Social: Lenz, Moritz, Karsch

Date: September 20, 2017
Location: East Pyne, Room 205
Time: 4:30pm –

Is there a ‘new social’ in the literary and media history of 18th century? And if this is the case, what would the ‘old social’ have been? I will discuss these questions by drawing on current research on collaborative writing and epistolary network cultures. By juxtaposing Karl Philipp Moritz’ highly canonized novel “Anton Reiser” with Anna Louisa Karsch’s letters as well as marginalized works subsumed as ‘prose’ by Jacob Michael Reinhold Lenz, this talk considers the significance of patronage in the history of modern authorship, and comes to the conclusion that the ‘new social’ is much more hierarchical and media-driven than the apologists of the ‘old social’ would imagine.

Nacim Ghanbari is Assistant Professor for German Literature at the University of Siegen and principal investigator in the Collaborative Research Centre “Media of Cooperation”. She has published on German literature and culture from the eighteenth to twentieth century. Her work has been recognized with a Humboldt Foundation Feodor Lynen Fellowship for research at the University of Chicago, and a research fellowship at “IFK Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften” in Vienna

Graduate Student Symposium

Princeton University
German Department
Graduate Student Symposium

Friday, March 31, 2017
Rocky-Mathey Theatre

1:00-1:30 Coffee and refreshments

1:30-2:15 Ron Sadan, “Writing as Practice: Toward Reading Robert Walser”

2:15—3:30 Diba Shokri, “How to know thyself (properly). Cases of self-observation in Moritz’ Magazin zur Erfahrungsseelenkunde

3:30-4:00 Coffee Break

4:00-4:45 Hannah Hunter-Parker, “Specimens, Scraps, and Cut-Ups: Johann Jakob Bodmer (1698-1783) and German Classics in Practice”

5:00—7:00 Reception / Dinner — Princeton Center for Language Study

Speech Unbound. Prose and the Problem of Form

Princeton University
Department of German
presents:

Susanne Lüdemann, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, LMU (Munich)
currently Carlotte M. Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of German, Rutgers University

Time:
Monday April 10, 4:30 pm

Location:
205 East Pyne Building

In modernity, and also in the historical narratives of modernity, ‘prose’ has never been a neutral or a purely descriptive concept. On the one hand, the “prosaic state of the world” (Hegel) is part of a narrative of decline and disappointment (or disenchantment), linked to the “end of art“ and to the repression or loss of a “poetic“ state of mind in the instrumental rationality of modern state and society. On the other hand, the concept of ‘prose’ is part of a narrative of hope and freedom, linked to the idea of free or “unbound“ speech, and to polyphony (the plurality of ‘voices’ or ‘votes’) as an aesthetic as well as a political value. The semantics of “unbound speech“ (ungebundene Rede) is thus, across languages and from the beginning of modernity, bound to the question of the social bond, of what binds free speech and modern society, of both linguistic (grammatical, syntactical) and social or genealogical bonding, of the ‘weaving’ of modernity and its representations. Against this semantic background, Prof. Lüdemann’s talk will discuss prose as a problem of form in both literature and historiography. Special emphasis will be placed on Hannah Arendt’s reflections on “thinking without a banister” and on literary modes of writing history after the break with tradition.

Department of German: Open House

department of german
open house

Come meet faculty, current majors, and graduate students

Majors

German Literature
German Philosophy and 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
Berlin Study Abroad

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
207 East Pyne
4:30 pm

Refreshments will be served

Claus Pias: Media Philology

Princeton University
Department of German

Claus Pias
Professor for History and Epistemology of Media, Leuphana University, (Lueneburg)
Visiting Professor, Princeton University, German Department

Media Philology

Philology (and thus also media philology) is always a question of time. It is a question of the difference between the time of life and the time of reading, a question of the temporal specificity of the (material) objects of philology, and a question of remembering and forgetting of life’s contexts and of the need for commentary. This lecture will focus first on the media of philology (that is, on the things and practices in which philological operations are materialized) and then on the objects of philology, which due to their media-specific features, themselves incorporate a variety of temporal structures. How are digital objects now changing the temporal order of philology and its historical difference? And how are digital media reconfiguring the structures of work and time that define philological activity?

Date: Thursday, 3/9/2017
Time: 4:30pm
Location: 205 East Pyne

This Lecture is Free and Open to the Public

Philosophy’s Magic Lantern: Technologies of Nature in the Early Enlightenment

Princeton University
Department of German
presents

Johannes Wankhammer
Visiting Assistant Professor of German
Reed University College

Philosophy’s Magic Lantern:
Technologies of Nature in the Early Enlightenment

Thursday, March 2
205 E. Pyne – 4:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public.

Alternative Facts: Hölderlin’s Hyperion and the Origins of Neoliberalism

Princeton University
Department of German
presents

Anthony C. Adler
Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Underwood International College, Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea)

Alternative Facts:
Hölderlin’s Hyperion and the
Origins of Neoliberalism

Wednesday, February 8
205 E. Pyne – 4:30 pm

This event is free and open to the public.

The Fetters of Myth and How to Get Out of Them. Thoughts on Schelling’s Late Philosophy

Princeton University
Department of German
presents

Martin Buijs
Advanced Graduate Student, Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins
“The Fetters of Myth and
How to Get Out of Them.
Thoughts On Schelling’s Late Philosophy

Date: January 13, 2017
Location: 205 E. Pyne
Time: 4:30 pm

This Event is Free and Open to the Public
A Reception Will Follow