6 – 8 Apr 2009


Techniques of the Uncanny
The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to re-assess the Freudian concept of the ‘uncanny’ in relation to its reverberations in literature, arts, aesthetics and politics. Built upon a tension between familiarity and non-familiarity, the ›uncanny‹ is characterized by a peculiarly floating and undetermined nature, thereby allowing to re-discuss it as a model for understanding the interrelation between possible and impossible, norm and deviation in a given culture.

Texts were circulated among attendants before the beginning of the workshop, in order to offer a basis for discussion.

Further information and the programme can be found at


ICI Berlin
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Christine Blättler
Sandra Evans
Mathias Korn
Catherine Smale
Tan Wälchli
Roman Widholm
Michaela Wünsch
Elisabeth Bronfen
Anneleen Masschelein

Organized by

Fabio Camilletti
Martin Doll
Rupert Gaderer
Jan Niklas Howe
Paula Schwebel
In collaboration with the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies (FU Berlin)

In English

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