DAAD FACULTY SUMMER SEMINAR 2013
JUNE 17 - JULY 26, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
ECONOMIES OF DESIRE: POLITICAL ECONOMY AND LIBIDINAL ECONOMY IN GERMAN CULTURE AND THOUGHT
THIS SIX-WEEK SEMINAR FOR NORTH AMERICAN FACULTY in the interdisciplinary field of German Studies will focus on the notion of “economy” in the work of Marx and Freud.
In spite of the accomplishments of the Frankfurt School as well as more recent efforts to integrate Marxism and psychoanalytic thought certain fundamental questions demand
to be thought anew. The central challenge continues to be the right way to capture the relation between the creation, circulation, and extraction of value and surplus-value as
understood by Marx and Freud’s understanding of the formation of libido and its restless movement along chains of representations.
How do pivotal concepts of fetishism, symptom, labor-power, abstraction, and alienation converge or diverge in Marxist and Freudian thought? What accounts for the predominance of the language of “work”—the “dream-work,” the “work of mourning”—and of economic language more generally in Freud’s writings on the “psychic apparatus” and the kinds of “pressures” to which it is subject? In what ways is this field of politico-libidinal economy related to the sphere of religion?
The seminar also aims to test much of the theoretical discourse under the experimental conditions of aesthetic experience. Possible “laboratories” include literary works by Goethe, Kafka, Brecht, and Sebald, and perhaps some film. Participants will be invited to offer their own “case studies” based on their research interests and disciplinary expertise. Scholars concentrating on any historical period or cultural medium are welcome to apply.
For a longer description please see http://www.daad.org or http://www.arts.cornell.edu/igcs under “events.”
Seminar Director: Eric L. Santner, Romberg Professor in Modern Germanic Studies, University of Chicago
Program: Under the auspices of the University of Chicago’s Dept. of Germanic Studies and Center for Interdisciplinary Research the program will combine regular seminar meetings and discussions with presentation of participants’ research and occasional guest lectures. Seminar meetings will be conducted in English; advanced reading knowledge of German required.
Participants are eligible for a $3200 stipend; a $50 participation fee applies.
Eligibility: Participation is open to faculty members in the Humanities and Social Sciences at colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Applicants who have received their
Ph.D.’s within the past two years but do not yet hold faculty appointments are encouraged to apply. Graduate students and Ph.D. candidates are not eligible. Participants are expected
to have an active interest in German intellectual and cultural history and must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2013
Form and instructions at http://www.daad.org. All application materials to be addressed to Prof. Santner at the University of Chicago.
For questions about seminar content, please contact: Eric L. Santner, Romberg Professor in Modern Germanic Studies, Dept. of Germanic Studies, 1050 East 59th Street, Univ. of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637. Phone: 773-702-8494. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other seminar-related questions, please contact Olga Petrova at Cornell University’s Institute for German Cultural Studies, tel. 607-255-8408 or e-mail email@example.com .
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