Aesthetic Theories of Catastrophe in Fin-de-Siècle
One-Day Workshop organised by the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex in co-operation with the History Department of Goldsmiths College.
Conference organisers: Leena Petersen, Nitzan Lebovic
Date: 30th April 2009
Venue: Goldsmiths College London (RHB 306)
10.00 – 10.15 Gathering
10.15 – 11.15 Greetings : Christian Wiese, Leena Petersen
Keynote address : Howard Caygill (Goldsmiths College) :
'The Dying Voice: Benjamin and Schmitt on the Catastrophe of Hamlet'
11.15-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.15 Panel 1:
Chair: Paul Betts (Sussex University)
Laurence Paul Hemming (Lancaster University): “The Whole World as Negative Theology Without the Christian God": ’Heidegger's Judgement of Nietzsche's Eternal Return'
12.15 – 13.30 Lunch Break
13.30 – 15.00 Panel 2:
Chair: Sas Mays (University of Westminster)
Elina Staikou (Goldsmiths College): The ruin of a diary: Benjamin's Moscow
Leena Petersen (Sussex University): “Times of Decay” in the Linguistic Thought of Baroque and Expressionism
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 – 17.00 Panel 3:
Chair : Christian Wiese (Sussex University)
Elke Dubbels (Humboldt University Berlin): Gershom Scholem’s Messianic Philosophy of Hebrew and its Apocalyptic Sting
Nitzan Lebovic (Tel Aviv University / Sussex University): “A promise arises from amidst catastrophe": German Jewish Critique in 1900, 1945, and 2000.
Department of Jewish History
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