Valerie Steele (Ph.D., Yale University) is director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she has organized more than 25 exhibitions since 1997, including London Fashion, Gothic: Dark Glamour; Daphne Guinness, Dance and Fashion, and Proust’s Muse, the Countess Greffulhe. She is also the author or editor of numerous books, including Paris Fashion, Women of Fashion, Fetish: Fashion, Sex and Power, The Corset, and Fashion Designers A-Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT. In addition, she is founder and editor in chief of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture – the first peer-reviewed, scholarly journal in Fashion Studies. Described in The Washington Post as one of ‘fashion’s brainiest women’ and by Suzy Menkes as ‘The Freud of Fashion’, she was listed as one of ‘The People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry’ in the Business of Fashion 500 (2014 and 2015).Valerie Steele, Fashion, Time, and Queer Identity, lecture, ICI Berlin, 26 October 2017, video recording, mp4, 55:32 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e171026>
Eva Geulen is the director of the Center for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL), professor at the Department for Cultural History and Theory at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and has headed the research project ‘Time and Form in Motion. Goethe’s Morphology and Its Afterlife in 20th-Century Theory’, part of the DFG-Priority Programme ‘Ästhetische Eigenzeiten’. Her most recent monograph is Aus dem Leben der Form: Goethes Morphologie und die Nager (2016).
Michelle M. Wright is the Augustus Baldwin Longstreet Professor of English at Emory University. She is the author of Becoming Black: Creating Identity in the African Diaspora (2004) and Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology (2015). Writing through gender studies, queer studies, science studies, time studies, Black European Studies, African American Studies, and African Diaspora Studies, her work focuses on Black identity formation in both creative and academic discourses.Michelle M. Wright, On Epiphenomenal Temporality: Black German Identities and Quantum Physics in the African Diaspora, lecture, ICI Berlin, 26 February 2018, video recording, mp4, 34:07 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e180226>
In this talk I will try to provide some actual arguments. I guess it would be easier (and less prone to misunderstandings) for me to write them down and for you to read them, but since the first will not happen unless I give this talk and the latter is highly unlikely for the usual reasons, we’ll have to make do with the spoken word.
Kathrin Passig is a Berlin-based writer. She runs a shop for randomly generated unique T-shirts (zufallsshirt.de) and, together with several hundred co-authors, the blog ‘Technik-tagebuch’ (techniktagebuch.tumblr.com). Recent publications include Standardsituationen der Technologiekritik (Essays, Suhrkamp 2013), Weniger schlecht programmieren (On How to Suck Less at Programming, O’Reilly 2013, with Johannes Jander), and Die Gegenwart ist schon da, sie ist nur ungleichmäßig verteilt (Techniktagebuch ebook, 2018).
For more (in German), see: kathrin.passig.deThe notion of public space seems to be changing under the conditions of late modernity, and language use is both implicated in and affected by such forms of social and cultural change. Under the title Wild Publics – Language under the Conditions of Late Modernity, the 16th Blankensee Colloquium, funded by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and organized by the Department of English Philology, FU Berlin, will broach this subject.
In recent theories, public spheres are increasingly described as constituted through public discourse rather than, as in the Habermasian approach, through the emergence of the bourgeoisie. Gerard Hauser, for example, suggests a theory of public spheres that are centered on discursive practices and are made up of ‘vernacular voices’. Michael Gardiner questions Habermas’s assumption of an orderly, rational communication among bourgeois elites. Instead, he suggests a theory of ‘wild publics’ – not orderly and uniform, but polyphonous and transgressive, diverse and multilingual. This focus on discursive pluralism has been taken up by scholars of mobile communication, as it seems particularly well-fitted to the publics of late modernity.
For contemporary societies, several factors have led to sometimes drastic changes in the way public spaces are discursively constituted. Thus, the dynamics of globalization and superdiversity have rendered discourses publicly visible that are increasingly fractured and heterogeneous. And maybe most tangibly, the rise and pervasive spread of digital communication has reshaped the very ontology of the public: Ana Deumert speaks of the emergence of a ‘digital public sphere’ that allows for new forms of public interaction not yet fully understood and theorized and which reallocates and contests linguistic authority. These new conditions for public speech transform public space: new spaces emerge; existing spaces become reconfigured and gain in complexity. Old divisions of private and public are shaken up, and existing forms of discursive authority and power relations are altered.
By bringing together more than 20 international national and international researchers embracing a broad discourse-linguistic perspective, this meeting aims to gain a better understanding of public space and language use in contemporary globalized societies, and of the ontology of the public in general.Kathrin Passig, The Trouble with Talking, lecture, ICI Berlin, 22 March 2018, video recording, mp4, 54:08 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e180322>
Camille Robcis is Associate Professor of History at Cornell University. Her research focuses on three broad issues: the relationships among intellectuals,ideas, and politics; the historical construction of norms; and the articulation of universalism and difference in the context of modern France In 2013 she published the book The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, and the Family in France, which sought to explain why and how, in the French context, academic discourses on kinship have intersected and overlapped with political debates on the family. She has published widely in journals including The South Atlantic Quarterly, Constellations, The Journal of Modern History and Social Text.Camille Robcis, Disalienation: Philosophy, Politics, and Radical Psychiatry in France, 98430, lecture, ICI Berlin, 23 April 2018, video recording, mp4, 48:34 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e180423-1>
Francesco Casetti is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies at Yale University. Among his books, Eye of the Century: Film, Experience, Modernity (2005) analyses the reasons why cinema became the art of 20th century, and The Lumière Galaxy: Seven Key words for the Cinema to Come (2015) depicts the reconfiguration of cinema in a post-medium epoch. He currently works on fears that cinema raised in the first decades of its life, and on the increasing interdependence of media and environment.Francesco Casetti, Media Anachronism, lecture, ICI Berlin, 22 May 2018, video recording, mp4, 43:01 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e180522>
Richard Dyer is Professor Emeritus at King’s College London and Honorary Professorial Fellow at St Andrews University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and received awards from the Society for Cinema and Media studies, Harvard University and the University of Bordeaux. He has been a visiting professor in Philadelphia, Naples, Stockholm, New York Bergamo and Bloomington Indiana and has lectured very widely internationally. His books include Stars; Heavenly Bodies: Film Stars and Society; Now You See It: Historical Studies in Lesbian and Gay Film; Only Entertainment; The Matter of Images; Brief Encounter; White; Seven; The Culture of Queers; Pastiche; Nino Rota; In the Space of a Song; and La dolce vita.Richard Dyer, On and On and On: The Seriality of Serial Killing, lecture, ICI Berlin, 18 June 2018, video recording, mp4, 48:42 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e180618>
Opening and Moderation
Hansjörg Dilger, Deputy Director of the Graduate School
Brigitta Schütt, Vice President of Freie Universität Berlin
The Graduate School: Past and Future
Gudrun Krämer, Director of the Graduate School
Hanna Nieber, Iskandar Ahmad Abdalla, Doctoral Students of the Graduate School
Ann Laura Stoler, The New School New York
Lydia H. Liu is the Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Her publications include The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious (2010), The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making (2004), and Translingual Practice: Literature, National Culture, and Translated Modernity (1995). More recently, she published a co-edited volume called The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory (2013) with Rebecca Karl and Dorothy Ko.Lydia H. Liu, After Tashkent: The Geopolitics of Translation in the Global South, 99794, lecture, ICI Berlin, 22 June 2018, video recording, mp4, 42:41 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e180622-1>
Magali Nachtergael is associate professor of 20th and 21st century French literature at Université Paris 13 as well as an art critic. She is the author of Barthes Contemporain (2015) and Les mythologies individuelles. Récit de soi et photographie au XXème siècle (2012). In 2015 she curated the exhibitions Lumières de Roland Barthes in Bordeaux and Orthez, and she co-curated the exhibition The Family of the Invisibles in Seoul in 2016. A specialist of the relations of art and literature, her works focus on the relations of text and image (photography, contemporary art, media) and on Roland Barthes.Magali Nachtergael, ‘Barthes, Queer Before Queer? : A Journey Into Barthes’s Visual Culture’, lecture presented at the symposium Barthes by the Margins, ICI Berlin, 25 June 2018, video recording, mp4, 48:21 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e180625-1>
John David Rhodes is the author and editor of six books, including Spectacle of Property: The House in American Film (2017), Stupendous, Miserable City: Pasolini’s Rome (2007), and Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image (2011). He is the Director of the Centre for Film and Screen at the University of Cambridge where he is Reader in Film Studies and Visual Culture. He is a fellow of Corpus Christi College and a founding editor of the journal World Picture.John David Rhodes, The Prop and its Properties, lecture, ICI Berlin, 20 May 2019, video recording, mp4, 40:11 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e190520>
Silvia Federici is a feminist activist and a renowned political theorist. In 1972, she co-founded the International Feminist Collective, which launched the campaign Wages for Housework internationally. Her previous books include Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2004); Revolution at Point Zero (2012); Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women (forthcoming 2018); and Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Common (forthcoming 2018). She is professor emerita at Hofstra University, previously worked as a teacher in Nigeria for many years, and co-founded the Committee for Academic Freedom for Africa. Her work has demonstrated the oversight in Marxian theory of one of the fundamental features of capitalist accumulation: namely, the subjugation of women and women’s productive and reproductive labour. Federici is known for her focus on the struggle against capitalist globalization and, more recently, on developing a feminist theory of the commons.Silvia Federici, ‘The Globalization of Women’s Work and New Forms of Violence Against Women’, lecture presented at the workshop As Workers Leave the Factory, What’s Left Behind?, ICI Berlin, 9 July 2018, video recording, mp4, 48:05 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e180709-1>
Emanuele Coccia is associate professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His books include Sensible Life: A Micro-ontology of the Image (2016), Das Gute in den Dingen. Werbung als moralischer Diskurs (2017), and Die Wurzeln der Welt. Eine Philosophie der Pflanzen (2018). He is currently working on a book on metamorphosis.Emanuele Coccia, Drifting Continents, lecture, ICI Berlin, 1 October 2018, video recording, mp4, 33:41 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e181001>
Peter Burke is Professor Emeritus for Cultural History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Emmanuel College. He is considered one of the most renowned cultural historians worldwide. He has published extensively, most notably on the Italian and European Renaissance as well as on the image-making of Louis XIV. More recently, he has also pursued research interests in media history and the sociology of knowledge.
The talk is followed by a discussion with members of Die Junge Akademie, amongst them Fabian Krämer and Christoph Lundgreen, who critically examine the role of disciplinary borders in their work within their research group ‘Two Cultures of Sciences’.
Fabian Krämer is a historian of science and humanities at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He joined Die Junge Akademie in 2015 and initiated the research group ‘Two Cultures of Science’.
Christoph Lundgreen is assistant professor at the Institute of History at Technische Universität Dresden. He is currently speaker of Die Junge Akademie and has been a member since 2016.Peter Burke, The Polymath in an Age of Specialization, lecture, ICI Berlin, 12 October 2018 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e181012>
Udo Hock ist Psychoanalytiker in eigener Praxis (BPI, DPV, IPV), Mitglied des wissenschaftlichen Beirats der Fondation Jean Laplanche sowie Übersetzer und Herausgeber der Werke von Jean Laplanche auf Deutsch. Er hat zahlreiche Aufsätze insbesondere zur Freud-Rezeption in Frankreich und zur Freudschen Metapsychologie veröffentlicht und ist Autor des Buches Das Unbewußte Denken. (2. Auflage, Gießen 2012).Wilhelm Brüggen (BIPP), Monika Englisch (BIPP) und Andreas Gehrlach (HU Berlin); eine Kooperation des BiPP (Berliner Institut für Psychotherapie und Psychoanalyse), des kulturwissenschaflichen Instituts der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und des ICI Berlin
www.forum-psychoanalytische-kulturwissenschaft.comDie Vortragsreihe Psychoanalytische Kulturwissenschaft widmet sich dem Einfluss der Psychoanalyse auf die Kulturtheorien im Allgemeinen sowie besonders treffenden Anwendungen psychoanalytischen Verstehens auf aktuelle Phänomene. Die zentralen psychoanalytischen Konzepte Freuds und seiner Nachfolger sollen in einer offenen und schulenübergreifenden Sicht aufgegriffen werden, um sie auf kulturelle, politische, ökonomische Phänomene der Gegenwart anzuwenden. Wo die frühe Psychoanalyse sich mit der durch die viktorianisch-bürgerliche Zivilisation geprägten Familie auseinandersetzte, sind es heute soziale Verunsicherungen und Bedrohungen, extreme Formen von Individualisierung sowie neue digitale und technologische Kulturtechniken, die zunehmend in ihr Blickfeld geraten. Die Vortragsreihe will neue, kritische und innovative Lesarten der Psychoanalyse generieren und mit anderen geisteswissenschaftlichen und kulturkritischen Konzepten in Beziehung setzen.Freud develops the notion of distortion (Entstellung) particularly in The Interpretation of Dreams, in which it serves as the collective name for the different mechanisms that compose the work of the dream: displacement, condensation, figurability, secondary revision. Udo Hock will enlarge Freud’s notion into a basic concept of psychoanalysis by working out the extraordinary importance of distortion on the three main axes of psychoanalytical theory – method, metapsychology, and technique. In terms of methodology, this means to transpose Freud’s premises from the Traumdeutung into the clinical situation as well as the work with the text and to pay maximum attention to the processes of distorsion. On the metapsychological level, it means to question the conceptual apparatus and ask how distortion registers in terminology (especially as drive, transference, the unconscious). And with respect to technique, it makes a case putting the traces of distortion front and centre when it comes to analyzing the so-called formations of the unconscious (dream, symptom, joke, slip, etc.).
Udo Hock is psychoanalyst in private practice (BPI, DPV, IPV), member of the scientific committee of the Fondation Jean Laplanche and translator and editor of the work of Jean Laplanche into German. He has published many articles in particular about the reception of Freud in France and on Freudian metapsychology and is the author of Das Unbewußte Denken (2nd ed., Gießen, 2012).Wilhelm Brüggen (BIPP), Monika Englisch, and Andreas Gehrlach (HU Berlin); a cooperation of the BIPP, the Department of Cultural History and Theory of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and the ICI Berlin
www.forum-psychoanalytische-kulturwissenschaft.comThe lecture series Psychoanalytic and Cultural Theory devotes itself to the influence of psychoanalysis on cultural theories at large as well as to particularly poignant applications of psychoanalytical research to current cultural phenomena. The central psychoanalytic concepts of Freud and his successors are to be taken up in an open and non-partisan perspective fashion and applied to the cultural, political, and economic phenomena encountered today. Whereas early psychoanalysis dealt primarily with the family as it was shaped by bourgeois Victorian society, current research increasingly focuses on extreme kinds of individualization, social uncertainties and threats, as well as on new digital and technological cultural techniques. The series would like to develop, new, critical, and innovative readings of psychoanalytic theory and combine them with concepts and ideas from the humanities and from cultural critique.Udo Hock, Die Entstellung – ein Grundbegriff der Psychoanalyse, lecture, ICI Berlin, 23 October 2018 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e181023>
Rosalind Morris is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. Her work addresses questions of the relationships between value and violence; aesthetics and the political; the sexualization of power and desire; and the history of anthropological thought and social theory. Her books include The Returns of Fetishism: Charles de Brosses’s The Worship of Fetish Gods and its Legacies, with Daniel Leonard (Chicago 2017); Accounts and Drawings from Underground: East Rand Proprietary Mines, 1906, with William Kentridge (Chicago and Kolkata 2014); That Which is Not Drawn: William Kentridge in Conversation with Rosalind Morris (Chicago and Kolkata 2013). She is currently fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.Rosalind Morris, Anatomy Lessons for a Postindustrial Age, lecture, ICI Berlin, 26 November 2018, video recording, mp4, 53:43 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e181126>
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger ist Biologe und war von 1997-2014 Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte Berlin. Seine Forschung widmet sich vor allem der Geschichte und der Epistemologie der Lebenswissenschaften, insbesondere dem Experiment. Begrifflich knüpft er unter anderem an Jacques Derrida an, dessen Grammatologieer aus dem Französischen mitübersetzte. Neben Forschungsaufenthalten an der Stanford University, der ETH Zürich, der Johns Hopkins University und der Northwestern University hatte er Professuren in Lübeck und Salzburg inne. Er ist Mitglied der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina sowie emeritierter Honorarprofessor der TU Berlin. Als Essayist und Dichter ist er zudem Mitglied des P.E.N.-Clubs in Lichtenstein. Zu seinen Publikationen gehören, Experimentalität: Hans-Jörg Rheinberger im Gespräch über Labor, Atelier und Archiv(Berlin 2018), Der Kupferstecher und der Philosoph(Berlin/Zürich 2016), Vom Umsteigen. Gedichte (Eggingen 2016), An Epistemology of the Concrete: Twentieth-Century Histories of Life (London/Durham 2010), Historische Epistemologie zur Einführung (Hamburg 2007), Epistemologie des Konkreten. Studien zur Geschichte der modernen Biologie (Frankfurt/Main 2006),Iterationen(Berlin 2005), und Toward a History of Epistemic Things (Stanford 1997).Hans-Jörg Rheinberger: ’Ein Blick in das Ganze der Natur’ heute – Hommage an Michel Serres, lecture, ICI Berlin, 5 December 2018 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e181205>
Christoph Türcke ist Prof. em. für Philosophie und lehrte bis 2014 an der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig. Er gilt als Grenzgänger zwischen Gesellschaftstheorie, Psychoanalyse und Theologie. Zu seinen Hauptwerken zählen Erregte Gesellschaft: Philosophie der Sensation (2002); Philosophie des Traums (2008) und Mehr! Philosophie des Geldes (2015). In 2019 erscheint von ihm: Digitale Gefolgschaft. Auf dem Weg in eine neue Stammesgesellschaft.Christoph Türcke, Die Illusion des Postheroismus, lecture, ICI Berlin, 29 January 2019 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e190129>
Jule Govrin ist Philosophin, ihre Forschung situiert sich an der Schnittstelle von Politischer Theorie, Sozialphilosophie und Ästhetik. Sie hat an der FU Berlin und der Universität Paris VIII studiert und über die Theoriegeschichte von Begehren und Ökonomie promoviert. Aktuell arbeitet sie am Philosophischen Seminar der Europa-Universität Flensburg und untersucht das Verhältnis von Authentizität und Autorität in der politischen Ideengeschichte der Moderne und Spätmoderne. Sie ist Autorin von Sex, Gott und Kapital. Houellebecqs Unterwerfung zwischen neoreaktionärer Rhetorik und postsäkularen Politiken (2016) und neben ihrer akademischen Arbeit journalistisch tätig, z.B. bei ZEIT Online.