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HCTS Interactive Lecture Series 2018: W. J. T. Mitchell

Jun 11, 2018

The HCTS Interactive Lecture Series "Recalibrating Culture – Reenvisioning the (Trans-)Cultural – C’est quoi la (trans-)culture?" takes place from May to July and October to December. It is supported through an Activity Grant in the Transcultural Forays and featured a guest lecture by Prof. W. J. T. Mitchell from the University of Chicago on June 15.

The interactive lecture series "Recalibrating Culture – Reenvisioning the (Trans-)Cultural – C’est quoi la (trans-)culture?" introduces key players from various disciplines and fields engages in re-envisioning a new phenomenology of (trans-)culture from different angles. Its goal is to reconsider the (trans-)cultural in response to post-culturalist, neo-naturalist, neo-materialist, post-humanist, techno-scientist, and other such approaches, all of which offer new perspectives on anthropocentrism, with regard to what only appears as a self-evident binary: culture and nature.

The lecture series will take place in the coming months, culminating in a symposium on November 22–24, 2018. It featured its second lecture on June 15, from 9:30 am to 12 am at the Karl Jaspers Centre in room 212. W. J. T. Mitchell from the Departments of English, Art History and Visual Arts at the University of Chicago spoke about "Seeing Through Madness: Insanity, Media and Visual Culture."

Upcoming lectures will be given by, amongst others, James Katz (Boston University College of Communication), Antoine Hennion (École MINES ParisTech, Paris), Jacques Revel (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, EHESS), Friedrich Balke (Ruhr Universität Bochum), Carol Gluck (Columbia University, New York), Gottfried Boehm (Universität Basel), and David J. Alworth (Harvard University).

Since this is an interactive series, it provides unconventional formats and requires preparation from its participants. Readings for each of the talks are available on HeiBox: https://heibox.uni-heidelberg.de/d/f247ad0054/. The goal is to practice reading-in-conjunction: should participants have materials from their own area of specialization or expertise, they are welcome to bring them to the discussion.

In case of questions, please contact Emily Graf (emily-mae.graf@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de).


There will be more information about the following lectures soon.


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  • The lecture series' key visual

  • The poster for the second lecture