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


September 1


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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

15.15-15.30 – Coffee Break


  • 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”


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