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Workshop “The Tradition of the Oppressed”

Drawing on Benjamin’s reflections on the “problem of tradition,” this workshop seeks to challenge our notions of heritage, political legacy, and historical consciousness. How can the experience and tradition of the oppressed be narrated without relying on narratives? What is the fragmentary medium of this transmittability and how can we rethink the concept of heritage if the latter is not limited to official historiography of those who have been and are in power? Who are the oppressed today? Is there a non-space, a utopos, which can articulate the discontinuous tradition of the oppressed?

11-13.02.2016 CfP Tagung: philosophische Anthropologie VS kritische Theorie

Mensch und Gesellschaft zwischen Natur und Geschichte: Zum Verhältnis von Philosophischer Anthropologie und Kritischer Theorie Eine Tagung am Institut für Philosophie der Universität Potsdam in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Philosophie der Freien Universität Berlin Ort: Universität Potsdam, Institut für...

Publication : Walter Benjamin. La passion dialectique

Présentation Écrivain et traducteur, philosophe, historien et critique littéraire, théoricien politique, de l’art et de la technique : décidément inclassable, Walter Benjamin fascine par son écriture kaléidoscopique et sa modernité protéiforme. Comment s’y retrouver dans cette œuvre foisonnante, boule réfléchissante...

Walter Benjamin’s Fragment on the Method of Marxist Literary Criticism

Excerpt from Benjamin’s fragmentary introduction to his essay “The Paris of the Second Empire in Baudelaire,” written probably in June 1938, handwritten manuscript, published in German in Benjamin, Walter: Gesammelte Schriften, ed.. Hermann Schweppenhäuser, Rolf Tiedemann, vol. I.3, Frankfurt a....

International Workshop “Aktualität | Actuality in Walter Benjamin’s Philosophy” Sept. 26-27, 2014

This international workshop takes its cue from the (un)translatability of the German word Aktualität and proposes a shift of perspective from Benjamin’s contemporaneity, which has been widely discussed already, to the non-contemporaneity of his concept. Benjamin’s concept of Aktualität belongs...