Events

2013-2014

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Dissertation Defense

Mysticism & Confessional Conflict in Post-Reformation Germany: The Mystical Theology of Valentin Weigel (1533–1588)

Alana Jane King
December 12, 2013
Thursday
3:30 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Novalis and the Absolute of Attraction

Gabriel Stephen Trop
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
January 16, 2014
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

An Encyclopedia of Organs: Judgment and Genre in Romantic Metaphysics

Leif Weatherby
New York University
January 17, 2014
Friday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Immanuel Kant’s Political Economy or the Aporia of Equality

Matthias Rothe
University of Minnesota
January 20, 2014
Monday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Twice Read Love Letters: The Ambiguities of Epistolary Violence in Fontane and Kafka

Barbara Natalie Nagel
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
January 22, 2014
Wednesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Yvonne Rainer / Xavier Le Roy, RoS Idexical 2007.
Spring 2014 Lecture Series

Resourcing the Rite

Gabriele Brandstetter
FU-Berlin
February 20, 2014
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Book cover, Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life
Book Presentation

Jennings & Foster to discuss the life of Walter Benjamin at Labyrinth Books

Michael Jennings (German); Hal Foster (Art & Archaeology)
Princeton University
February 27, 2014
Thursday
5:00 pm
Labyrinth Books
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John Hamilton
Spring 2014 Lecture Series

Poetic Obscurity and the Philology of the Flesh: Celan, Gadamer, and Dickinson

John Hamilton
Harvard
March 6, 2014
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Graduate Student Symposium

Spring 2014 Graduate Student Symposium

March 7, 2014
Friday
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Rocky/Mathey Theater
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Modern Library Classics edition of Kafka’s <em>Metamorphosis</em>
Book Presentation

Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis: A Bug’s Life

Stanley Corngold
Professor Emeritus, Princeton University
March 11, 2014
Tuesday
6:00 pm
Labyrinth Books
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Spring 2014 Lecture Series

Self-Reflections in the work of Heinrich von Morungen

Christiane Ackermann
Harvard
March 26, 2014
Wednesday
12:00 pm
207 East Pyne
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Open House

Spring Open House

April 2, 2014
Wednesday
4:30 pm
207 East Pyne
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Pompeii fresco
Spring 2014 Lecture Series

Historia Magistra Vitae: Exemplum and Anecdote, Koselleck & Kleist

Paul Fleming
Cornell University
April 17, 2014
Thursday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Jürgen Habermas
May Day Lecture

The Transnationalization of Democracy: A European Experiment

Jürgen Habermas
Sociologist and Philosopher; Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main
May 1, 2014
Thursday
4:30 pm
McCosh 50
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Film Screening

Recent Work

Harun Farocki
Filmmaker
June 17, 2014
Tuesday
8:00 pm
Rocky/Mathey Theater
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Lecture

On Roland Barthes’ “The Preparation of the Novel”

Natalie Binczek
Ruhr-Universität Bochum; Visiting Media Scholar, Princeton University
June 18, 2014
Wednesday
7:00 pm
Rocky/Mathey Theater

2012-2013

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Film Series

New German Cinemas

October 9, 2012
Tuesday
7:30 – 9:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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The Theory Toolbox

The Frankfurt School

Michael Jennings
November 6, 2012
Tuesday
5:00 pm
Rockefeller College Private Dining Room
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Film still from “Young Pines”
Film Screening

Young Pines

Ute Aurand
Filmmaker
November 7, 2012
Wednesday
3:30 pm
185 Nassau Street – James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
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Lecture

Avantgardism in a Different Key: The Case of Karl Kraus’s The Last Days of Mankind

Marjorie Perloff
Stanford University; University of Southern California
November 15, 2012
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
219 Burr Hall
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Detail of Paul Klee, Introducing the Miracle, 1916

Of Miracles

Hent de Vries
Johns Hopkins University
November 27, 2012
Tuesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Manuscript
Gauss Seminars in Criticism

Hölderlin and Sophocles

Bernhard Böschenstein
University of Geneva
November 29, 2012
Thursday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Film Screening

Galileo (1975)

Joseph Losey
December 4, 2012
Tuesday
6:30 pm
Rocky/Mathey Theater
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Gehauen nicht und nicht gestochen: Kleistian Masochism

Katrin Pahl
Johns Hopkins University
December 10, 2012
Monday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Literal Folly: Kleist’s Krug and the Comedic Tradition

Joel Lande
Princeton Society of Fellows
January 14, 2013
Monday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Toolbox
The Theory Toolbox

Theorizing Surveillance

Thomas Levin
February 6, 2013
Wednesday
5:00 pm
Mathey College Private Dining Room
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Lecture

The Aesthetic Turn: A New Concept of ‘Theory of Art’

Jacqueline Lichtenstein
Université de Paris IV – Sorbonne
February 11, 2013
Monday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
106 McCormick Hall
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Workshop

The Specificity of Aesthetic Theory

Jacqueline Lichtenstein
Université de Paris IV – Sorbonne
February 12, 2013
Tuesday
11:00 am
McCormick Hall – Third Floor Lounge
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Collage by Hans Hollein

How We Learn Where We Live: Thomas Bernhard and the Architectural Debates of the 1960s

Fatima Naqvi
Rutgers University
February 13, 2013
Wednesday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Workshop

Fellow Men: Fantin-Latour and the Problem of the Group in 19th-century French Painting

Bridget Alsdorf
Princeton University
February 26, 2013
Tuesday
11:00 am
McCormick Hall – Third Floor Lounge
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Photograph by August Sander of Willi Bongard and Gottfried Brockmann, 1922-25
Graduate Student Symposium

Spring 2013 Graduate Student Symposium

March 1, 2013
Friday
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Rocky/Mathey Theater
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The Voracious Cannibal. A Medieval Thought Experiment and Its Methodological Function

Dominik Perler
Professor of Philosophy, Humboldt University
March 13, 2013
Wednesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Faber Lecture

Eine andere Zeit. Haunting Rhythm in German Realism

Elisabeth Strowick
Johns Hopkins University
March 29, 2013
Friday
5:30 pm
010 East Pyne
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Graduate Student Conference

The Rhythm of Learning

March 30–31, 2013
Saturday – Sunday
010 East Pyne
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Toolbox
The Theory Toolbox

Kafka, Metaphor, and More

Stanley Corngold; Christiane Frey
April 3, 2013
Wednesday
6:30 pm
Mathey College Private Dining Room
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Wallenstein: Herzog von Friedland, kaiserlicher Kriegsrat und Kämmerer, Allerhöchster Obrist von Prag und ebensolcher General. Kupferstich 1625/28
Lunchtime Talk

Wallensteins Größe

Michael Gamper
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität, Hannover
April 16, 2013
Tuesday
12:30 pm
205 East Pyne
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Detail of Paul Klee, Introducing the Miracle, 1916
Workshop

The Miracle of the Dancing Ball

Hent de Vries
Johns Hopkins University
April 17, 2013
Wednesday
12:00 pm
Joseph Henry House
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Wolfgang Schäuble
Lecture

Governance for the 21st Century: The European Model

Wolfgang Schäuble
Federal Finance Minister of Germany
April 17, 2013
Wednesday
4:00 – 5:30 pm
McCosh 50
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Walter Benjamin at the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, 1937
Lecture

The Lightning Flash of Knowledge and the Time of Image

Sigrid Weigel
Visiting Professor, Department of German, Princeton University
April 18, 2013
Thursday
5:00 – 6:30 pm
School of Architecture N107
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Sculpture of Moses by Michelangelo
Lecture

On Hesitation

Joseph Vogl
Humboldt University, Berlin; Princeton University
April 22, 2013
Monday
5:00 – 6:30 pm
School of Architecture N107
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Illustration for Edgar Allan Poe's story "Descent into the Maelstrom" by Harry Clarke (1889-1931), published in 1919.
Lecture

In Defense of Speed: A Non-Hermeneutical Approach to Fast Forward Media Techniques

Harun Maye
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
April 23, 2013
Tuesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
106 McCormick Hall
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Jenner, An inquiry into the causes & effects. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Literature and the Language of Immunology

Johannes Türk
Indiana University, Bloomington
April 25, 2013
Thursday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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On Schlusskraft: Kleist and the End of the 18th Century

Oliver Simons
Columbia University
May 1, 2013
Wednesday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Thomas Mann's desk in Princeton
Conference

Exiled Writers in Princeton 1933–1945: Cultural Transfer and Dialogue

May 10–12, 2013
Friday – Sunday
Princeton University

2011-2012

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Conference

Schrift: Writing & Image-Character in the Work of Walter Benjamin

Biennial Conference of the International Walter Benjamin Society
Organized by Michael Jennings (Princeton University) and Karl Solibakke (Syracuse University)
November 3–6, 2011
Thursday – Sunday
Princeton University
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Works in Progress

Technologies of the Self: Mood Management circa 1800

Christiane Frey
November 11, 2011
Friday
1:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Political Theologies and Jewish Writing

Persecution and the Art of Writing: Spinoza to Strauss

Thomas Meyer
Munich/Chicago
November 21, 2011
Monday
5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Mladen Gladic
Works in Progress

Keine Schlachtbeschreibung: Peter Handke’s Yugoslavian Poetics of Delay, Detour, and Repetition

Mladen Gladic
December 9, 2011
Friday
1:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Joel Lande
Lecture

Plautus in der Wunderkammer: Szenographien um 1770

Joel B. Lande
February 24, 2012
Friday
1:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Vertiginous Life: Goethe, Bones, and Italy

Andrew Piper
McGill University
February 27, 2012
Monday
3:30 – 5:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Lecture

Rusty Rails & Parallel Tracks

Leslie Adelson
Cornell University
March 12, 2012
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Workshop

Workshop mit Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und Nachwuchswissenschaftlern aus Münster/Siegen und Princeton/Penn

March 28, 2012
Wednesday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nassau Inn – University Colonial Meeting Room
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Graduate Student Conference

Topologies of Reading

March 30, 2012
Friday
8:30 am – 6:45 pm
010 East Pyne
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Keynote Lecture

Extrinsic Curvature: On the Topology of 19th Century Narrative Prose

Helmut Müller-Sievers
University of Colorado at Boulder
March 30, 2012
Friday
1:45 – 3:15 pm
010 East Pyne
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Lecture

Carl Schmitt’s Defense of Democracy

William Rasch
Indiana University
April 2, 2012
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Open House

Spring Open House

April 3, 2012
Tuesday
4:30 pm
207 East Pyne
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Works in Progress

Freud on the Court: Child Pornography Law & Super Ego Construction

Matthew Birkhold
April 13, 2012
Friday
2:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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Napoleon Crossing the Alps. Painting by Jacques-Louis David
Faber Lecture

Rider, Reader, Soldier, Horse. Reinhart Koselleck & the End of the Equestrian Era

Ulrich Raulff
Director of the German Literature Archive in Marbach
April 16, 2012
Monday
4:30 – 6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
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Thomas Levin
Lecture

Spatial Elusions. On Datamoshing as Narrative Form

Thomas Y. Levin
June 17, 2012
Sunday
8:30 pm
Rocky/Mathey Theater
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Film Program

Spaces of Media

Curated by Laura Frahm
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
June 19–22, 2012
Tuesday – Friday
Rocky/Mathey Theater
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Ben Kafka
Lecture

On Shallow Interpretation

Ben Kafka
June 21, 2012
Thursday
8:00 pm
Rocky/Mathey Theater

2010-2011

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Works in Progress

TBA

Alana King
March 11, 2011
Friday
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Chancellor Green
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Conference

Media Histories: Epistemology, Materiality, Temporality

March 25–27, 2011
Friday – Sunday
Columbia University
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Faber Lecture

Inverse versus Dialectical Theology (Adorno, Horkheimer, Barth)

Hent de Vries
Philosophy and Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins
March 31, 2011
Thursday
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Off-Campus
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Conference

Rhetorics of Religion in German, 1900–1950

Organized by Leora Batnitzky, Michael Jennings, and Sarah Pourciau
April 1–3, 2011
Friday – Sunday
Princeton University
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Works in Progress

TBA

Cornelius Reiber
April 15, 2011
Friday
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Chancellor Green