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  • “Bauhaus Today”: A Student Photo Exhibition

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  • Lecture:”Fremde Heimkehr: Zu einem Literaturprogramm der Moderne”

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  • Lecture: “Der Zorn der Moralisten und die Theorie des Ressentiments: Gegenwartsdiagnose mit/gegen Nietzsche”

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  • “As on the First Day”: The Struggle of Firsts in Heidegger’s “First Elaboration” of his “Origin of the Work of Art”

    The primary thesis of this paper is that Heidegger’s “First Elaboration” of the thoughts that would emerge as his essay on “The Origin of the Work of Art” provides a tantalizing brief index of an insight into the work of art from which the later elaborations of the “Artwork” essay would progressively retreat. The secondary thesis of this paper is that, even if its primary thesis appears as though it were only a parody of the primary thesis Heidegger advances in Kant and the Problem of the Metaphysics, the index in question is itself parodic. Specifically—and this is the tertiary…

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  • “Poetic Thinking, or Why Germany’s Best Writers Today are Poets”

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  • Still Lives: Jewish Photography under Nazism (co-sponsored by The Center for Jewish Studies)

    The talk considers photographs that were taken by non-professional Jewish photographers under the National Socialist regime. By the early 1930s, most German-Jewish families had avidly used pocket-sized cameras to document their experiences, from domestic routines and family vacations to participation in political gatherings, youth movement ceremonies, sports and religious events. I argue that, gazing at a rapidly changing environment after January 1933, amateur Jewish photographers utilized their cameras to reflect on the new reality, to make sense of it, and to reclaim agency in it. My analysis of the photographs underscores their dialog with the visual imagery of the time,…

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  • Askesis, Critique and Tradition: Foucault and Benjamin

    A central concept in Foucault’s later work is Askesis: an exercise of oneself, related to self-mastery and self-transformation. The concept of “ascetic schooling” in the foreword to Benjamin’s Origin of German Trauerspiel has a similarly significant role, much neglected by scholarship. Both Foucault’s askesis  and Benjamin’s “ascetic schooling” relate to the transformation of the subject through arduous work as fundamental for philosophy.   At the same time, their considerations of askesis/asceticism illuminates the different models of critique in each case – the reactivation of an attitude alien to tradition and doctrine (Foucault), versus a change of attitude as propaedeutic for the presentation of doctrine or tradition (Benjamin).  Ori…

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  • Berkeley Cologne Summer School: “Practice, Exercise, Formation”

    The notion of practice has played an increasingly important role in the study of literature, in cultural studies, in anthropology, and in philosophy during the last decades. This increasing interest in practices also entailed a specific interest in forms of writing from a perspective that foregrounds not the production of meaning and the hermeneutic reading of texts, but a specific attention to the ways in which texts shape forms of perception, stiles of thought, and modes of behavior. Thus, we have to distinguish between a focus on and a tension between semiotic and hermeneutic approaches to texts and approaches that…

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  • A German Cabaret-04/23 & 4/24 at 7pm

    A German Cabaret WAS ES ALLES GIBT!

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  • Mosse Lecture: Ulrike Ottinger

    Filmmaker in residence Ulrike Ottinger presents an illustrated lecture discussing her approach to the visual design of her films, as well as her research methods for a nonfiction film project like Chamisso’s Shadow. https://bampfa.org/event/mosse-lecture-ulrike-ottinger See schedule on PFA website: https://bampfa.org/program/afterimage-ulrike-ottinger

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