The Institute of Jewish Studies is pleased to announce the International Kafka Conference 'Kafka and the Paradox of the Universal' to be held at the University of Antwerp from 12 till 14 December:
Jean-Paul Sartre's saying that "Kafka's testimony is all the more universal as it is profoundly singular" is indicative of a key paradox in the 20th century Kafka reception which has wide-reaching implications for our understanding of the interface between literature and philosophy. Kafka is indeed often regarded as the ultimate witness to the human condition in the 20th century and, like Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe in their times, is attributed a universal significance. Yet Kafka's work is also known for expressing the irreducibly singular and unclassifiable. The various conceptions of universality and singularity that underlie these attributions as well as the different guises in which the paradox of their simultaneity appears will be explored in the conference ‘Kafka and the Paradox of the Universal’. This topic raises many questions, among them: How should we understand the notions of universality and singularity attributed to Kafka's work? And how can we explain the paradoxical co-occurrence of these attributions?
These and related questions will be considered in a three-day conference at the University of Antwerp on 12, 13, and 14 of December.
Organizing Committee: Prof. Dr. Vivian Liska; Prof. Dr. Arthur Cools, Drs. Jo Bogaerts, Drs. David Dessin
Keynote speakers : Stanley Corngold, Jean-Michel Rabaté, Rodolphe Gasché, David Suchoff
For additional information see the website of the Institute of Jewish Studies or our FB-page:
Institute of Jewish Studies
University of Antwerp
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