Lecture in occasion of the publication of two new ICI books on Dante: Dante’s Plurilingualism: Authority, Vulgarization, Subjectivity, ed. by Sara Fortuna, Manuele Gragnolati, Jürgen Trabant (Oxford: Legenda, 2010) and Metamorphosing Dante: Appropriations, Manipulations, and Rewritings in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, ed. by Manuele Gragnolati, Fabio Camilletti, Fabian Lampart (Wien/Berlin: Turia + Kant, 2011).Jürgen Trabant is Professor for European Plurilingualism at Jacobs University Bremen, and Professor emeritus of Romance Linguistics at the Freie Universität Berlin. He taught at the Universities of Tübingen, Bari, Rome, Hamburg, Berlin, and was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University (1988/89, 1991), Leipzig (1992), University of California Davis (1997), EHESS Paris (1998, 2003), Limoges (2003), Naples (2005, 2007, 2010), and Bologna (2008). He is Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (1992), Chairman of the Humanities Division of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (1998-2003), Officier de l’ordre national du mérite (1998), and Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2004). He has been working on the French and Italian linguistics, semiotics, History of European linguistic thought, philosophy of language, historical anthropology, and language politics.Programme:
Welcome: Manuele Gragnolati
Lecture: Jürgen Trabant
Followed by a discussion with Fabio Camilletti, Sara Fortuna, Manuele Gragnolati, and Jürgen Trabant
Fatima Naqvi is Associate Professor in the German Department at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses on European film and German literature. Her research interests include Austrian authors and filmmakers of the post-1945 period, the intersection of fine art and literature, dilettantism and the theorization of interdisciplinarity. She is also the author of ‘The Literary and Cultural Rhetoric of Victimhood: Western Europe 1970-2005′, New York: Palgrave, 2007, and of How We Learn Where We Live: Thomas Bernhard, Architecture, and Bildung (2012). Fatima Naqvi is Associate Member of the ICI Berlin.
Chandler returns to these histories to explore how unmanning is enacted. Early drone aircraft resist the narrative that the systems are a recent technical innovation underwritten by the War on Terror. Rather, the crashes suggest that the supposed technicity of drone aircraft ties to political contexts and is underwritten by human action and interpretation. Chandler explores the drone’s dysfunction as a means to study the violence made possible by their networked human, media, and machine parts. Error underscores that the ethical challenges of drone aircraft is not simply that they are dehumanizing. Rather, they produce flawed and partial ways of seeing and acting that are conceived politically and legally as total. Looking back to the moments when these views failed spectacularly, she considers how errans can be a way to counter the obduracy of a dronelike worldview and the politics it imbricates.
Katherine Chandler earned her PhD in Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley and is currently an assistant professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in the Culture and Politics Program. She was artist-in-residence at The Case for Space at ‘Provisions: Art for Social Change’, George Mason University in 2013 and The Decapitated Museum at Banff Centre for the Arts in 2012. She is currently working on two book projects The Technopolitics of Unmanning: How Humans, Machines and Media Assemble Drone Warfare and Drone Publics. Her articles, essays, and photographs have been published by Catalyst, Humanity, and qui parle. She contributed to the recent anthology Life in the Age of Drone Warfare (2017).