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Winter semester 19/20: Lecture series "Ambivalent Enmity"

Nov 07, 2019

The Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) is cooperating with the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg in the winter semester 2019/20 for the lecture series "Ambivalent Enmity," which takes place on Thursdays at 6 pm at the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies.

In a time that is characterized by societal and international polarization, the subject of enmity has grown alarmingly relevant. The lecture series "Ambivalent Enmity" brings together different perspectives from the areas of social studies, cultural studies and the humanities, and looks at constructions of, experience with and traditions in relation to enmity in the past and present. An important focus within the series will be the tension-filled relationship of attraction and rejection: often, there is a close connection of hostility, secret admiration and mutual study and learning in situations of contact, different forms of representation and the production of knowledge.

The lectures look at questions like: How can the language and mentality of the enenmy be studied? How are enmity and attraction connected? How can cultural hostility be expressed in society? How can enmity be explained with psychological models? How is enmity staged politically and aesthetically? Are there continuing models of enmity - for example in the from of piracy? Are there hostile relationships between mankind and nature? How does enmity find a voice? And how do we see enmity as a confrontation between "East" and "West?"

The lectures take place at the Centre for Asian and Cultural Studies in building 4010 in lecture hall 010.10.05 on Thursdays from 6 pm to 8 pm:

  • November 7, 2019 | Johannes Becke: Die Sprache des Feindes? Hebräisch-Studien in der arabischen Welt
  • November 21, 2019 | Tanja Penter : Begehrter Feind? Weibliche Kollaboration in der Sowjetunion im Zweiten Weltkrieg
  • November 28, 2019 | Joachim Kurtz: Leben wider die Gegenwart: Konfuzianische Erweckungsbewegungen in China heute
  • December 5, 2019 | Svenja Taubner: Der Feind in meinem Kopf: Psychodynamiken von gewalttätigen Adoleszenten
  • Dezember 12, 2019 | Sebastian Harnisch: Nahe Feinde: Warum das nordkoreanische Regime seine „Gegner“ öffentlich hinrichten lässt
  • Dezember 19, 2019 | Monica Juneja und Hans Harder: Conflictual Aesthetics: Staging Enmity in Literary and Artistic Narratives of the Partition of the Indian Subcontinent
  • January 9, 2020 | Nikolas Jaspert: Piraten im Mittelalter: Aller Menschen Feinde?
  • January 16, 2020 |  Stefanie Gänger: Fieber, Medizin und Umweltängste in der Atlantischen Welt um 1800
  • January 23, 2020 | Henning Sievert: Der Westen: Feind und Vorbild?
  • Januar 30, 2020 |  Sybille Große: Feindschaft, linguistisch

The lectures take place in German or English, depending on the title of the lecture. You can find the lecture series' programme for download here.


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