Ulrich Plass (Wesleyan University) will lecture on "Adorno’s American Experience: What’s metaphysics got to do with it?"
Adorno’s philosophy can be understood as an expression of and response to the existential experience of emigration and survival, of guilt and fear. In this lecture Ulrich Plass argues that Adorno’s American writings, especially his Minima Moralia, offer a philosophy of "damaged life" that must be viewed in relation to his later idea of "metaphysical experience," a concept with which Adorno hopes to reclaim for philosophical thought the possibility of happiness.
Professor Jan Nederveen Pieterse will give a lecture on "How European is Europe?"
Pieterse, professor in sociology at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, specialized in global sociology, globalization, development studies and intercultural studies.
This lecture is a cooperation between the Dutch Studies Program and the IES.
Selection of works: Ethnicities and global multiculture: Pants for an Octopus (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), Globalization or Empire? (Routledge, 2004), Globalization and Culture: Global Melange (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), White on Black: Images of Africa and blacks in western popular culture (Yale UP, 1992).
Wolfgang Emmerich (University of Bremen) will lecture on "'Teils-teils': Gottfried Benns Parlando-Gedichte."
Heinrich August Winkler (Humboldt Universität, Berlin) will give a lecture titled, "Still a Community of Values? Historical Reflections on the Normative Basis of the West."
The 2007 Kenneth Weisinger Lecture will be given by Amir Eshel (Stanford). The lecture is titled "Past’s Futures: contemporary German literature and the quest for the past."
Alice Kuzniar (UNC Chapel Hill) will lecture on "Whose Melancholy? On the muteness of humans and animals."
Professor Niklaus Largier will lecture on "Reformation Flugschriften and the Creation of Sacred and Secular Space."
Presented by BTWH (Berlin-Tübingen-Wien-Harvard), an international working group on German modernity.
Otto Kallscheuer (Berlin) will give a lecture titled "This side of Eternity – Traces of Theology in Hannah Arendt’s thinking."
DAAD Adjunct Assistant Professor Michael Schuering will give a lecture on "Rescuing German Science: The Political Transformation of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute after 1945."
Professor Karen Feldman (UC Berkeley) will lecture on "The Temporal Aside: On 'Transcendental Buffoonery' in Two Works of Novalis."