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Dr. Bernhard Fischer: October 3rd-4th Presentation and Lecture/Workshop…

Princeton University
Department of German presents:

Dr. Bernhard Fischer, Director, Goethe & Schiller Archive of the Klassick Foundation, Weimar Visiting Scholar
Following his 1985 PhD thesis on Thomas Bernhard, Fischer was head of the Cotta‐Archive at the German Literature
Archive (DLA), Marbach/N. from 1992–2007, and since then the Director of the Goethe & Schiller Archive of the Klassik
Foundation in Weimar. He has published extensively on German literature and the history of ideas in the 18th-20th
century as well as on the history of publishing.

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Room 207 East Pyne (German Dept Lounge)
Brown Bag Presentation (lunch provided)

“Johann Friedrich Cotta: Publisher-Statesman-Entrepreneur”
Dr. Fischer, author of the much-lauded 1000-page biography of Cotta published in 2014 on the occasion of his 250th birthday, will give an introduction to this enormously important (but in the USA all-too-little-known) figure who was the most significant German publisher of all time. At once a remarkable visionary, a major philanthropist and thoroughly political figure, Cotta is also a striking example of how one can take charge of and transform one’s own life.

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Location:Firestone Library, Dept. of Rare Books & Special Collections, C-Floor, Small Classroom

“Goethe’s Autograph Collection/Goethe’s Hands”
A Lecture/Workshop using original Goethe manuscripts from the Benno Elkan Collection of Goetheana in the Manuscripts Division Through a reading of Goethe’s collection of autographs, Dr. Fischer will explore the status of the handwritten manuscript in the age of its high-quality digital reproducibility. This will be complemented by a careful, hands‐on examination of original Goethe manuscripts as a means to grasp what sort of cultural information they convey, the “aura of the authenticity” that envelopes such objects, the “complex culturality” of manuscripts as well as various dimensions of lack that characterize their digital copies.

Both events are free and open to the public. To make appointments to speak with Dr. Fischer during his office hours please call 258-4141.


Synesthesia Of Law – An International and Trans-Disciplinary Conference

Website: Synesthesia Of Law
Date: Sept 29th – Oct 1st 2016
Location: 101 McCormick Hall

What is the role of law in structuring, orienting and perpetuating the multiplicity of conflicts that shape our public and private life? What function does law play in structuring and orienting the ethical dimensions of the multiplicity of conflicts that shape our public and private life? How, if at all, might law serve to relieve and mitigate them? These are the overarching questions addressed by this new collaboration between Princeton University and Sciences Po Law School.
As the first of what we hope will be a series of annual gatherings to be held alternately in Princeton and Paris, this event will draw upon recent innovative work by scholars from various academic fields, and will be organized around a self-consciously provocative reconceptualization of law as a multi-sensual, perceptual process or experience of sense-making. Considered from this perspective, law is conceived not as a textual product of a reasoned “black-letter” decision, a ‘pure’ system of abstract norms, or an ‘unaffected’ institution of justice, but as a material and sensorial phenomenon or process that speaks, touches, sees, smells and tastes, and is simultaneously heard, seen, felt, tasted and smelled.

The shift in focus to these long-ignored but important facets of the juridical is an important political statement about not only the presence of law in the seemingly most intimate moments and areas of life but also of law’s role in shaping and structuring the way we experience, sense, and make ‘sense’ of these.
By challenging the underpinnings and limits of our longstanding notions of the juridical, and by drawing attention to the existence of many unrecognized ‘fora’ of law-making –the street, the classroom, and the rainforest– the conference aims to suggest not only an alternative way of knowing, thinking, and ‘practicing’ law, but also the availability of a multiplicity of undertheorized channels for legal/political action. In so doing, we hope to open new ways to respond to current political, juridical and socio-cultural conflicts – conflicts that, much like law, transcend and transgress social, cultural, institutional, geographical, material and sensorial boundaries.

The conference will bring together the geographically- and disciplinary-dispersed community of established and new voices in critical (legal) studies — scholars, artists and activists– to exchange and collaborate in the development of a new critical discourse, as well as to build stronger links between the study of law and other fields (including political theory, history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, economic theory, literature, linguistics, gender studies, critical race theory, performativity studies, and media theory).

For more information about the event, the program, and the participants, visit the website, follow Synesthesia of Law on Twitter and Facebook or contact us Synesthesia

6th Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies June 19-26, 2016

Start Making Sense?

The Question of Interpretation under the Condition of Technology’s Ongoing Provocation
6th Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies, Princeton, NJ, June 19 – 26, 2016

Keynote Lecture

Jonathan Sterne, Professor and James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology, McGill University Montreal

Audile Scarification. Notes on Opacity and Audition

Tuesday, June 21, 6.30 pm in 010 East Pyne, free and open to the public

Jonathan Sterne is Professor and James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He is author of MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke 2012), The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003); and numerous articles on media, technologies and the politics of culture. He is also editor of The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012). His new projects consider instruments and instrumentalities; mail by cruise missile; and the intersections of disability, technology and perception. Visit his website .


Event: Re:sources of Literature and Knowledge
Where: Berlin, Germany
When: July 18-20, 2016
Website Link Here

The Princeton University Department of Germanic Languages Graduate Student and Faculty Members to speak at international PhD-Net conference in Berlin July 18-20, 2016.

Click on the image below for Program guide.


A Reconstruction: Gruppe 47 in Princeton, 1966

Gruppe 47
50th Anniversary

When: 4:30PM, Thursday, April 21
Where: 205 East Pyne
Reception will follow.

In April 1966, with support from the Ford Foundation, Gruppe 47 traveled to the United States. They were invited to meet at Princeton University from April 22-24 by the German Department. At the same time, a major gathering was held at Princeton called What’s Happening: The Arts 1966, attended by Tom Wolfe, Susan Sontag, Duke Ellington, and Allen Ginsberg, among others.

Gruppe 47 was the leading group of West German writers and critics from its founding in 1947 until its dissolution in 1967. Members included, alongside its founder and organizer Hans Werner Richter, authors such as Günter Grass, Heinrich Böll (both later Nobel laureates), Uwe Johnson, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Peter Weiss and Ingeborg Bachmann. The German Department at Princeton put the audio recordings of the legendary meeting of 1966 online.

Additional materials found in Princeton´s Mudd Library will be presented by Cornelius Reiber (Berlin and Basel-based literary scholar) and Nikolaus Wegmann (German Deparment, Princeton). Marcel Lepper (Director of Research at Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach) will highlight related materials in the Suhrkamp Archive at Marbach, and Jürgen Kaube (co-editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) will talk about the historical place of Gruppe 47 within the German Nachkriegszeit.

Gruppe 47 Final

Textiles in Medieval German Literature

Kathyrn Starkey


Keynote Lecture
Kathryn Starkey
Professor of German Studies — Stanford University

“Textiles in Medieval German Literature”

Date: Friday, April 15
Time: 5:00-6:30 pm
Where: 216 Aaron Burr Hall

At Princeton University with Universität Köln, Universität Münster, The University of California-Berkeley, The University of Toronto, The University of Waterloo, Stanford University

The event is sponsored by Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and Department of German

The Polyfunctionality of Script in the Medieval Badge Corpus

Ann Marie RasmussenInternational Graduate Colloquium for Medieval German Studies
Keynote lecture
Ann Marie Rasmussen
Professor and Diefenbaker Memorial Chair in German Literary Studies-University of Waterloo
“The Polyfunctionality of Script in the Medieval Badge Corpus”

Date:Thursday, April 14
Time: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Where: 105 Chancellor Green

At Princeton University with
Universität Köln, Universität Münster, The University of California-Berkeley,
The University of Toronto, The University of Waterloo, Stanford University

The event is sponsored by Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS),
Department of German, and the Program in Medieval Studies.

Re-politicizing Walter Benjamin, the Last European

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Time: Noon
Location: Mathey College Private Dining Room
Must RSVP to
Sponsored by the Departments of German and History

Nitzan Lebovic, Apter Chair of Holocaust studies at Lehigh University, will speak on the topic “Re-politicizing Walter Benjamin, the Last European” at noon on Wednesday, April 27 at a place TBA. Lebovic is a well-known European Intellectual Historian and the author of an important book on Ludwig Klages, The Philosophy of Life and Death: Ludwig Klages and a Nazi Biopolitics
(Palgrave MacMillan 2013).


When: Wednesday, April 6th
Time: 4:30pm
Where: 209 Scheide Caldwell House, Princeton University

A Dialogue with:

Peter Goodrich (Cardozo School of Law, NYC)

Sigrid Weigel (Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin; Permanent Visiting Prof., Princeton University)

Moderator: Niklaus Largier (University of California, Berkeley)

Organized by Daniela Gandorfer
Sponsored by the German Department, Graduate Student Government Events Board, LAPA and the Department of Art and Archeology.

Peter Goodrich’s Legal Emblems and the Art of Law: Obiter Depicta as the Vision of Governance (2014) and Sigrid Weigel’s Grammatologie der Bilder (2015) both examine pictorial practices outside the standard domains of art history. Their research expands questions of image theory into the fields of law, governance, politics, science, and religion.

At this workshop, Goodrich and Weigel will discuss procedures that visualize phenomena and elude the visible: legal authority and justice for the former; emotions, thoughts, and the transcendental, for the latter. They will focus on the role played by images derived from rituals, cults, and religion in providing a site of presence for such ideas and phenomena, effectively enthroning them in the world.


Department of German: OPEN HOUSE

Where: 207 East Pyne
When: Thursday, March 31st
Time: 4:30pm

The Department of German is hosting an Open House.
Come meet Faculty, current majors and graduate students!

Refreshments will be served.

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