The day will open with the screening of Thomas Honickel's recent biographical documentary and will continue into the evening with a series of talks and discussions that will help contextualize Canetti both as part of a long tradition of Sephardic humanism and as a distinct voice in 20th century Europe.
Many of the themes dear to Canetti seem to be acquiring a new significance in the light of today's world events, whether we look at his reflections on power, death, and production-based society, or consider his extraordinary epic on the millenarian relation between humankind and the book. We all look forward to share new perspectives on one of the most elusive and fascinating thinkers of the 20th century. Participation of graduate students is encouraged.
Speakers: Gloria Ascher, Tufts University, Dagmar Barnouw, University of Southern California, Robert Elbaz, University of Haifa, Claudio Magris, University of Trieste, Michael Taussig, Columbia University, Liliane Weissberg, University of Pennsylvania.
Natalia Indrimi, curator
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16 Street
New York, NY 10011
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