Munich-Berkeley Workshop, Sept 1-3

Fictions of the Human/Fiktionen des Humanen
Munich-Berkeley Joint Workshop
September 1-3, 2011

Fiction(s) of the Human: The Reinvention of Man Since the Enlightenment
Fiktion(en) des Humanen: Die Neuerfindung des Menschen seit der Aufklärung

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September 1

9.00-11.00

  • Britta Herrmann (Munich): "Man as Departure a Work of Art. The Invention of the (Post-)Human in the 18th Century"
  • Niklaus Largier (Berkeley): "Reconfiguring the Senses"

11.00-11.15  - Coffee Break

11.15 a.m.-12.15  - Paul Rabinow (Berkeley): "Streitschrift: What Science? What Art? What Life?"

12.15-13.45  - Lunch Break

13.45-15.45

  • Anja Lemke (Cologne): "The Artist’s Work as Production of Humanity – Schiller’s 'Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man'"
  • Karin Feldman (Berkeley): "On Fabel, Fiction and Human History in Gottsched"

15.45-16.00 - Coffee Break

16.00-18.00

  • Ian Duncan (Berkeley): "The Form of the Novel and the Form of Man"
  • Annette Keck (Munich): "Of Letters and Men: Literal Anatomies and the Construction of Humanity"

September 2

11.30-12.00 - Arrival / Reception: Howard Room, Faculty Club (Reception sponsored by German Department, UC Berkeley)

12.00-13.00 - Lunch

13.00-13.15 - Introduction: Britta Herrmann, Chenxi Tang

13.15-15.15

  • David Bates (Berkeley): "Cartesian Robotics and the Age of Information"
  • André Otto (Munich): "Desiring Machines – Anoedipal Anthropology"

15.15-15.30 - Coffee Break

15.30-18.30

  • Elif Özmen (Munich): "Anthropological Fictions in Contemporary Practical Philosophy"
  • Cary Wolfe (Rice University): "Constituting the Human: Biopolitical Thought"
  • Kerstin Schmidt (Munich): "'The theme is blackness': Reflections on Modernity and Race"

Dinner

Organizers: Britta Herrmann and Chenxi Tang

Sponsored by

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich: LMU-excellent
University of California, Berkeley:

  • Division of the Humanities
  • Townsend Center for the Humanities
  • Department of English
  • Department of German
  • Department of Rhetoric