"Terrror and Culture: Revisiting Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism" will take place at Stanford University June 27 through August 4, 2005. The Seminar will be co-taught by Julia Hell (German Studies, University of Michigan) and Russell A. Berman (German Studies, Stanford University). We are inviting scholars from a range of disciplines to participate in an exploration of Arendt's study as a way to open a wider discussion of totalitarianism, terror and culture. The purpose of the seminar is to grasp both totalitarianism as a cultural-historical phenomenon and Arendt's philosophical and political-theoretical description of it. Our inquiry involves a series of dialogues between Arendt and her contemporaries, Carl Schmitt and Martin Heidegger, as well as current theorists who engage critically with Arendt's work: Claude Lefort, Slavoj Zizek, Giorgio Agamben. In addition, we address the crucial question of the standing of literature and aesthetic experience more broadly within the context of the Arendtian model of citizenship. The seminar will be organized around a reading of Origins of Totalitarianism which will be juxtaposed with literary and non-literary texts.
Application deadline: March 1, 2005. Please contact Russell Berman (e-mail address below) for more information.
Russell A. Berman
Department of German Studies
Stanford, CA 94305-2030 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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