Events

2017-2018

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Graduate Student Workshop

On Technology and Academic Workflows

October 19, 2017
Thursday
12:00 – 1:30 pm
011 East Pyne
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Light Industry Film Screening

Abstronics

Mary Ellen Bute
October 19, 2017
Thursday
7:00 – 7:00 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Film still from “Berlin: Symphony of the Metropolis”
Weimar Cinema Series

Berlin, Die Sinfonie Der Grossstadt (1927)

Berlin: Symphony of the Metropolis
Walther Ruttmann, 65 minutes
October 24, 2017
Tuesday
7:00 – 9:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Light Industry Film Screening

Playback

October 26, 2017
Thursday
7:00 – 9:00 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Weimar Cinema Series

Metropolis (1927)

Fritz Lang, 148 minutes
November 7, 2017
Tuesday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Light Industry Film Screening

A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945)

Goshogaoka (1997)
November 9, 2017
Thursday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Film still from “Pandora’s Box” with Louise Brooks
Weimar Cinema Series

Die Büchse Der Pandora (1929)

Pandora’s Box
G.W. Pabst; 133 minutes
November 14, 2017
Tuesday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Photo Credit: Wilhelm Doegen, managing director of the Lautabteilung at the Prussian State Library (1922); Deutsches Historisches Museum, GOS-Nr. BA164399
Fall 2017 Lecture Series

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

Viktoria Tkaczyk
Humboldt University, Berlin
November 16, 2017
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Light Industry Film Screening

Four Documentaries (1931–1934)

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
November 16, 2017
Thursday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Film still from “People on Sunday”
Weimar Cinema Series

Menschen Am Sonntag: Ein Film Ohne Schauspieler (1929)

People On Sunday: A Film Without Actors
Robert Siodmak & Edgar G. Ulmer; 73 minutes
November 21, 2017
Tuesday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Film still from “Different from the Others”
Weimar Cinema Series

Anders Als Die Andern! §175 [Different from Others] (1919)

Mädchen In Uniform [Girls in Uniform] (1931)
November 28, 2017
Tuesday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Light Industry Film Screening

La Pudeur ou L’Impudeur (1991)

Modesty, or Immodesty
Hervé Guibert
November 30, 2017
Thursday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Performance

Will there still be singing – A Hanns Eisler Cabaret

Karyn Levitt
New York soprano
December 1, 2017
Friday
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Taplin Auditorium – Fine Hall
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Film still from “M”
Weimar Cinema Series

M: Eine Stadt Sucht Ein Mörder (1931)

M: A City Seeks a Murderer
Fritz Lang; 110 minutes
December 5, 2017
Tuesday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Reception

Holiday Reception

December 6, 2017
Wednesday
4:00 – 7:00 pm
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Light Industry Film Screening

De cierta manera (1977)

One Way or Another
Sara Gómez
December 7, 2017
Thursday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Workshop

Summer Work Program Workshop Series

December 8, 2017
Friday
1:00 – 3:00 pm
215 East Pyne
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Lecture

Obedient Agency: Concept and Narrative

Martin Wagner
University of Calgary
December 9, 2017
Saturday
3:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Michael Speier
Poetry Reading

A Poetry Reading by Michael Speier

Michael Speier
Author and critic, Berlin
December 12, 2017
Tuesday
3:30 – 4:30 pm
205 East Pyne
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Film still from “Kuhle Wampe Oder: Wem Gehört Die Welt?”
Weimar Cinema Series

Kuhle Wampe Oder: Wem Gehört Die Welt? (1931)

Slatan Dudow; 71 minutes
December 12, 2017
Tuesday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Light Industry Film Screening

Mechanics of the Brain (1926)

V.I. Pudovkin
December 14, 2017
Thursday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Film still from “The Testament of Dr. Mabuse”
Weimar Cinema Series

Das Testament Des Dr. Mabuse (1931)

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
Fritz Lang; 121 minutes
January 9, 2018
Tuesday
6:00 – 8:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Spring 2018 Lecture Series

Auerbach’s Augustine: Existential Realism and the Low Style

Jane O. Newman
Comparative Literature, UC Irvine; Visiting Professor in the Humanities Council and Old Dominion Fellow in German, Princeton University
February 12, 2018
Monday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Spring 2018 Lecture Series

Aesthetic Ecologies: Air and the Space of Art around 1900

Margareta Ingrid Christian
University of Chicago
February 20, 2018
Tuesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Graduate Student Workshop

On the Job Market

Margareta Ingrid Christian
University of Chicago
February 21, 2018
Wednesday
5:00 – 6:30 pm
205 East Pyne
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Kammermusik 2018
Concert

An evening of Kammermusik

Princeton Chamber Music Society
March 2, 2018
Friday
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Chancellor Green Rotunda
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IHUM Lunchtime Talk

Deadlines (literally)

Rebecca Comay
University of Toronto
March 8, 2018
Thursday
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
301 Julis Romo Rabinowitz
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Graduate Student Workshop

Testament of the Revolution (Walter Benjamin)

Rebecca Comay
University of Toronto
March 8, 2018
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Schleiermacher
Spring 2018 Lecture Series

The Spirit, the Letter, and the Life of the Text: Schleiermacher’s Hermeneutics Revisited

Daniel Weidner
Institut für Kulturwissenschaft der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Acting Director of the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin
March 12, 2018
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Sexuality as failure: Psychoanalytic concepts, cultural perspectives

Insa Härtel
International Psychoanalytic-University Berlin
March 13, 2018
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
106 McCormick Hall
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Hanna Schygulla in the lead role in R.W. Fassbinder’s 1974 adaptation of Fontane’s “Effie Briest”
Open House

Sophomore Open House

March 29, 2018
Thursday
4:30 – 5:30 pm
207 East Pyne
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Workshop

Summer Work Program Workshop Series

March 29, 2018
Thursday
7:00 – 7:00 pm
011 East Pyne
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Hermann meets Dorothea in the refugee trek. Copper engraving by Daniel Chodowiecki
Graduate Student Workshop

Goethe Workshop

Organized by Joel Lande
March 30–31, 2018
Friday – Saturday
399 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building
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painting of insects
Spring 2018 Lecture Series

Why a Student is a Willing Termite rather than an Irish Elk: Karl Escherich and the (De)Nazification of Universities and Social Insects

Geoff Winthrop-Young
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
April 4, 2018
Wednesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Graduate Student Symposium

Spring 2018 Graduate Student Symposium

April 6, 2018
Friday
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Rocky/Mathey Theater
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A Comparative Approach to Problems and Methods
Symposium

How Literatures Begin: A Comparative Approach to Problems and Methods

Organized by Joel Lande (German) and Denis Feeney (Classics)
April 13, 2018
Friday
9:00 am – 6:30 pm
010 East Pyne
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Graduate Student Symposium

Superstition and Magic in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

Princeton’s 24th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies
April 20, 2018
Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
202 Jones Hall
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Lecture

The Magical and Superstitious Past as a Foreign Country

Michael Bailey
Iowa State University
April 20, 2018
Friday
9:15 am
202 Jones Hall
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Postcard by Hanne Darboven
Exhibition

Hanne Darboven’s Address – Place and Time

April 27 – June 12, 2018
Friday – Tuesday
Princeton University Art Museum
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Postcard by Hanne Darboven
Reading

To / From: Hanne Darboven and Sol LeWitt

April 27, 2018
Friday
1:30 – 2:30 pm
207 East Pyne
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Ten-Minute Talk

A Baroque Tale of Male Erasure

Sonja Andersen
Princeton University
May 10, 2018
Thursday
10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Frist Campus Center
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Reception

End of Year Reception

May 17, 2018
Thursday
5:00 – 8:00 pm
TBD
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Princeton in Munich

Summer Sessions Begins

June 3, 2018
Sunday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Reception

Class Day

June 4, 2018
Monday
1:30 – 2:30 pm
East Pyne – Upper Hyphen

2016-2017

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Conference

Synesthesia Of Law – An International and Trans-Disciplinary Conference

September 30 – October 2, 2016
Friday – Sunday
101 McCormick Hall
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Lunchtime Talk

Johann Friedrich Cotta: Publisher-Statesman-Entrepreneur

Bernhard Fischer
Director, Goethe & Schiller Archive of the Klassick Foundation, Weimar
October 3, 2016
Monday
12:00 – 1:00 pm
207 East Pyne
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Workshop

Goethe’s Autograph Collection/Goethe’s Hands

Bernhard Fischer
Director, Goethe & Schiller Archive of the Klassick Foundation, Weimar
October 4, 2016
Tuesday
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Firestone Library – Department of Rare Books and Special Collections C-Floor Small Classroom
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Conference

Alexander Kluge: A Narration

October 21–22, 2016
Friday – Saturday
Princeton University
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Lecture

Inversion: On Some Poetics and Politics in the Discourse of the Sublime

Ian Balfour
Department of English, York University, Toronto
October 25, 2016
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

The Great War and the Ancient World

Suzanne Marchand
Boyd Professor, Louisiana State University, Department of History
November 9, 2016
Wednesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
106 McCormick Hall
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Lecture

manheit. Impressions of Risk in Medieval Literature

Matthias Standk
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
December 12, 2016
Monday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

A Full Measure: Hölderlin and the Poetics of Madness

Alexis Briley
Visiting Assistant Professor, Colgate University
January 11, 2017
Wednesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

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

Martin Buijs
Advanced Graduate Student, Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins
January 13, 2017
Friday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

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

Anthony C. Adler
Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Underwood International College, Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea)
February 8, 2017
Wednesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

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

Johannes Wankhammer
Visiting Assistant Professor of German; Reed University College
March 2, 2017
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Media Philology

Claus Pias
Professor for History and Epistemology of Media, Leuphana University, (Lueneburg); Visiting Professor, Princeton University, German Department
March 9, 2017
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Open House

Spring Open House

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

Spring 2017 Graduate Student Symposium

March 31, 2017
Friday
1:00 – 7:00 pm
Rocky/Mathey Theater
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Lecture

New Media and Modified Psychoanalytic Settings: Social Changes and Their Impact on Transference

Irene Berkel
International Psychoanalytic University, Innsbruck
April 3, 2017
Monday
4:30 – 6:30 pm
TBD
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Lecture

Speech Unbound. Prose and the Problem of Form

Susanne Lüdemann
Professor of German and Comparative Literature, LMU (Munich); Carlotte M. Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of German, Rutgers University
April 10, 2017
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne

2015-2016

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Johann Heinrich Füssli. Self-Portrait. 1777, charcoal and white chalk on paper, 35 × 50.1 cm. National Gallery, London.
Lecture

“So horribly natural”: Portrait and Poetics in Wieland and Radcliffe

Nicola Gess
Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Basel
September 28, 2015
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Film still from Leo McCarey’s “The Awful Truth”
Lecture

In love, out of love, in love again – Stanley Cavell’s Praise of Remarriage

Gertrud Koch
Professor, Freie Universität Berlin
October 19, 2015
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Kant, Quantified. The Mechanics of Kant’s Humanism

Jocelyn Holland
Associate Professor of German Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara
November 12, 2015
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Conversation

Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction

November 17, 2015
Tuesday
5:00 pm
105 Chancellor Green
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Workshop

Straying: The Drift of History in Walter Benjamin’s Moscow Diary

November 19, 2015
Thursday
3:30 – 6:00 pm
Robertson Bowl 2
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Lecture

Nemesis, Göttin des Masses (Nemesis, Goddess of Measure)

Hendrik Blumentrath
Humboldt University
December 1, 2015
Tuesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Ex Tempore: Celan, Rilke and Apollinaire among the Autumn Crocuses

Michael G. Levine
Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
December 2, 2015
Wednesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Workshop

Hendrik Blumentrath

Hendrik Blumentrath
Humboldt University
December 4, 2015
Friday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Concert

Grand Harmonie Presents: Beethoven’s Fidelio

Geoffrey McDonald, conductor; Julia Mintzer, director
January 23, 2016
Saturday
6:30 pm
Richardson Auditorium
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Conversation

Thinking with Medieval Thought

February 23, 2016
Tuesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Symposium

Calendricality: Political Temporalities in the German 1970’s

February 26, 2016
Friday
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Rocky/Mathey Theater
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Lecture

Financial Governance

Joseph Vogl
Princeton University
March 3, 2016
Thursday
5:00 – 6:30 pm
New York University
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Lecture

Poetic Dimensions of Language: Roman Jakobson Revisited

Winfried Menninghaus
Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main
March 9, 2016
Wednesday
5:00 – 6:30 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Tragic entrance. Nietzsche’s “Die Geburt der Tragödie” in the light of its predecessors

Juliane Vogel
Universität Konstanz
March 29, 2016
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Open House

Spring Open House

March 31, 2016
Thursday
4:30 pm
207 East Pyne
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Workshop

Visiocracy and Grammatology of Images: Making Images of the A-Visible

Organized by Daniela Gandorfer
April 6, 2016
Wednesday
4:30 pm
209 Scheide Caldwell House
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Keynote Lecture

The Polyfunctionality of Script in the Medieval Badge Corpus

Ann Marie Rasmussen
Professor and Diefenbaker Memorial Chair in German Literary Studies, University of Waterloo
April 14, 2016
Thursday
4:30 pm
105 Chancellor Green
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Keynote Lecture

Textiles in Medieval German Literature

Kathryn Starkey
Professor of German Studies, Stanford University
April 15, 2016
Friday
5:00 pm
216 Aaron Burr Hall
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Gruppe 47 photo
Gruppe 47: 50th Anniversary

A Reconstruction: Gruppe 47 in Princeton, 1966

April 21, 2016
Thursday
4:30 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Re-politicizing Walter Benjamin, the Last European

Nitzan Lebovic
Lehigh University
April 27, 2016
Wednesday
12:00 pm
Mathey College Private Dining Room
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Lecture

Audile Scarification. Notes on Opacity and Audition

Jonathan Sterne
McGill University
June 21, 2016
Tuesday
6:30 pm
010 East Pyne
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Conference

Re:sources of Literature and Knowledge

July 19–21, 2016
Tuesday – Thursday
Berlin, Germany

2014-2015

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Roundtable Discussion

Roundtable Discussion of Controversial Berlin Memorial Installation

Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock
Artists, Berlin
September 22, 2014
Monday
4:30 pm
East Pyne Upper Walkway
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Claus Pias
Lecture

Friedrich Kittler and the ‘Misuse of Military Equipment’: On the Situation of an Expression 1964 / 1984 / 2014

Claus Pias
Leuphana University, Lüneburg
October 2, 2014
Thursday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
106 McCormick Hall
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Florian Höllerer
Lunchtime Talk

A House Of One’s Own’: Perspektiven des Literaturhausmodells

Florian Höllerer
Director, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin
October 21, 2014
Tuesday
12:00 pm
207 East Pyne
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Drawing attributed to Gentile Bellini
Fall 2014 Lecture Series

Zuschreiben

Thomas G. Schestag
Brown University
November 12, 2014
Wednesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Peter Gordon
Symposium

Heidegger’s Schwarze Hefte

Peter Gordon (Harvard); Karsten Harries (Yale)
December 9, 2014
Tuesday
3:30 pm
010 East Pyne
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Adolph von Menzel. Study Of A Laboror" oil on Canvas. wikigallery.org
Spring 2015 Lecture Series

The Weight of All Flesh: On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy

Eric Santner
University of Chicago
February 12, 2015
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
106 McCormick Hall
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Lecture

Before Documentary: Ornament and Knowledge in Soviet Factography

Devin Fore
Princeton University
February 18, 2015
Wednesday
5:00 pm
Institute for Advanced Study
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Antique map of world
Spring 2015 Lecture Series

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

Bethany Wiggin
March 11, 2015
Wednesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Graduate Student Symposium

Spring 2015 Graduate Student Symposium

March 27, 2015
Friday
2:30 – 5:30 pm
Rocky/Mathey Theater
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Open House

Spring Open House

April 2, 2015
Thursday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
207 East Pyne
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The Isenheim Altarpiece is an altarpiece sculpted and painted by, respectively, the Germans Nikolaus of Haguenau and Matthias Grünewald in 1512–1516
Spring 2015 Lecture Series

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

Dorothea von Mücke
Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University
April 7, 2015
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Rainer Maria Rilke, autograph manuscript, 'Aus dieser Wolke, siehe' [1913].jpg
Spring 2015 Lecture Series

How to Modernize Hermeneutics? : Readings of Rilke’s Late Poems

Christoph König
Professor of Modern German Literature, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Osnabrück
April 22, 2015
Wednesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne

2013-2014

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Panel Discussion

The New German Question

September 20, 2013
Friday
12:00 pm
219 Burr Hall
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Painting by Joseph Benoit Suvee
Fall 2013 Lecture Series

Shadow-Writing. W.G. Sebald and Photography

Hubertus v. Amelunxen
President of the European Graduate School, Switzerland and Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin
October 9, 2013
Wednesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Workshop

Hieroglyphs: A Workshop on Robert Musil’s “The Man Without Qualities”

Inka Mülder-Bach
October 21, 2013
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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book cover “Ghostly Apparitions”
Book Presentation

Fore and Levin to Engage in Discussion of New Book by Stefan Andriopoulos

November 12, 2013
Tuesday
3:30 pm
School of Architecture N107
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Graduate Student Symposium

Fall 2013 Graduate Student Symposium

November 15, 2013
Friday
12:30 – 4:30 pm
010 East Pyne
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Lévi Strauss map
Fall 2013 Lecture Series

Transformation and Truth: Goethe, Lévi-Strauss, and the Science of the Concrete

Michael Saman
Princeton University
December 3, 2013
Tuesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne