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Jean Améry. The Resilience of Enlightenment

 

The philosophical autodidact Jean Améry is noted for his reflections on Auschwitz, where he was incarcerated for two years. But his novel Charles Bovary, Country Doctor. Portrait of a Simple Man and his late essays made him one of the most fervent 20th-century defenders of the Enlightenment. Améry demonstrates how reason failed in Auschwitz. The “philanthropic optimism of the Enlightenment, with its static values of liberty, reason, justice, and truth” is for him nevertheless “our only chance to make history and thus to pursue the essentially human occupation: giving meaning to the meaningless.” The conference focuses on this apparent contradiction.

Conception: Susan Neiman, Potsdam

with contributions by Moshe Halbertal, Jerusalem; Stephen Holmes, New York; Susan Neiman, Potsdam; Jan Philipp Reemtsma, Hamburg; David Shulman, Jerusalem et al.

Einstein Forum

July 1-3, 2020

The event was funded from
the Daimler and Benz Foundation.

 

 

 

Theories and Practices of Interdisciplinarity

 

Interdisciplinarity is a catchword that is often uncritically seen as a guarantee of success in academic self-portrayals and in applications for scientific grants. Innovation, it seems, can no longer be expected from one discipline alone. Especially for the humanities, however, implementation of this agenda represents a challenge that the conference examines from a theoretical, historical, and praxeological perspective. What examples are there of failure, but also of success, in cooperation between a field of the humanities and a far removed discipline? Does cross-fertilization occur between physics and philosophy? What are the possibilities and limits of applying quantitative methods to cultural-historical fields? Where do methodically sound and epistemologically productive loans from other fields end, and where does dilettantism begin? What forms of interdisciplinary cooperation are discernible, and what interests do they serve? How can genuine interdisciplinarity – if this in fact exists – be promoted in curricula?

Conception: Andrea Albrecht, Heidelberg, and Franziska Bomski, Potsdam

Einstein Forum

Planned: May 6-8, 2020

The event was funded from
the Daimler and Benz Foundation.

 

 

 

Showing Feelings. Emotions in the Cinema

 

Showing feelings used to be frowned upon, but meanwhile we are all expected not to suppress our emotions. Public, above all professional, displays of feeling are largely responsible for this, especially in the cinema and the media. Contributions from various disciplines discuss for example how the possibilities of presenting feelings have changed from theater, through silent and sound film, and finally to color film; how social conventions regarding the emotions interact with feelings displayed in theater; how these displays of emotion are prepared, for instance through castings or with make-up; and how emotions are typecast.

Conception: Ursula von Keitz, Potsdam, and Rüdiger Zill, Potsdam

with contributions by Annette Dorgerloh, Berlin; Julia Dufek, Potsdam; Fabienne Liptay, Zurich; Stephen Lowry, Stuttgart; Christine Reeh-Peters, Potsdam; Stefan Schmidl, Vienna; Dieter Thomä, St. Gallen; Íngrid Vendrell Ferran, Frankfurt/Main; Isa Willinger, Berlin

Broschüre

Einstein Forum

January 23-25, 2020

The event was funded from
the Daimler and Benz Foundation.