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