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May 2020


May 8 - May 9

‘I grasped thoughts which are so clear that I hope to set them down soon. They concern politics.’ Walter Benjamin, Letter to Schoen, September 1919 Like many of his other works, Walter Benjamin’s reflections on the concept of politics have a fragmentary character. In the early 1920s, Walter Benjamin worked intensively on a project that he came to refer to simply as his Politics; but even though this study appears to have been largely completed, most of the resulting texts…

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December 2019

Walter Benjamin & the Nineteenth Century Today

December 12, 2019 - December 13, 2019

International conference organised by Professor Jean-Michel Gouvard (University of Bordeaux Montaigne/Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London) in collaboration with Textes / Littératures: Ecritures et Modèles (EA 4195, University of Bordeaux Montaigne)  

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November 2019

Walter Benjamin Förderpreis für junge Forschende 2020

November 13, 2019 - January 17, 2020

Gestiftet von der International Walter Benjamin Society, dem Walter Benjamin Archiv und dem Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Die Forschung zu Walter Benjamin hat sich in den letzten Jahrzehnten als äußerst fruchtbar erwiesen. Dabei ist besonders eine Generation von jungen Forscherinnen und Forschern aktiv, die in den letzten Jahren neue Lektüren entwickelt und neue Kontexte erschlossen hat. Gerade sie trägt wesentlich dazu bei, dass die alten Antagonismen – etwa Materialismus vs. Theologie – die Diskussion nicht mehr dominieren und Benjamin…

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August 2019

Call for Papers: Benjaminiana 2019 (till July 14th)

August 28, 2019 - August 30, 2019
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ),
Faculdade de Letras, Auditório E3, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Benjaminiana 2019 Annual Walter Benjamin’s Researchers Meeting From August 28th to August 30th , 2019, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) will host the third Benjaminiana – annual Walter Benjamin’s Researchers Meeting at Faculdade de Letras. The congress aims at gathering researchers and readers of Walter Benjamin, creating room for dialogue and stimulating discussions and exchange amongst researchers of his work. Besides, the meeting aims at stimulate discussions and exchange of information about Benjamin. Brazilian researchers Leila Danziger…

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July 2019

Übersetzungen von Gewalt

July 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Übersetzungen von Gewalt Workshop-Diskussion über Walter Benjamins „Zur Kritik der Gewalt“ am Juli 2019   Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin 10h-17h Georg Simmel Saal, 3. Etage   Organisation: Frank Müller (CMB / Freie Universität Berlin) Noa Levin (Kingston University London / ZfL)   Eine Kooperationsveranstaltung zwischen dem Centre Marc Bloch (CMB) und dem Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (ZfL)   Anmeldung bitte bis 09. Juli 2019 an: ubersetzungenvongewalt@gmail.com   Walter Benjamins kurzer Text „Zur Kritik der Gewalt“ von 1921 ist…

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June 2019

International Walter Benjamin Conference 2019

June 26, 2019 - June 29, 2019
Schanzeneckstrasse 1, Berne, 3012 Switzerland
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Walter Benjamin obtained his doctoral degree on June 27 of 1919 at the University of Bern. Precisely 100 years on, this serves as an occasion to host the bi-annual conference organized by the International Walter Benjamin Society in Bern and to look at these beginnings. Six thematic-based panels show how much Benjamin’s thinking is connected to almost all humanities subjects, but in any case, requires inter- and trans-disciplinary access. A reading group aims to promote a discussion of two of…

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May 2019


May 24, 2019 - May 25, 2019
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EROS | ἔρως IN WALTER BENJAMIN’S PHILOSOPHY TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, THE LONG ROOM HUB 24-25 MAY 2019 …the erotic life is ignited by distance Walter Benjamin, Outline of the Psychophysical Problem Although Walter Benjamin’s references to the concept and praxis of eros are sporadic, he appears to be acutely concerned with questions of love and desire from early on. In particular, his writings are deeply engaged with the concept of ἔρως as it appears in Plato’s Symposium, where it is…

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Call for Papers zum Workshop “Ursprünge 1800/1900. Philologie und Kritik von Grimm bis Benjamin”

May 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - May 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Bewerbung bis zum 16. November 2018 Für ausführliche Informationen zum Workshop: https://urspruenge.org/ Welche Auffassung von Philologie vertritt Benjamin, wenn er die „historisierende Verflachung der germanistischen Studien” beklagt? Von welchem Philologiebegriff geht er aus, wenn er den „positivistischen“ Scherers ablehnt und denjenigen der Grimms als Maßstab setzt, der „die Sachgehalte nie außerhalb des Wortes zu fassen“ suche? Wie geht die philologische Arbeit der Moderne mit ihrer eigenen Tradition um? Am Beispiel Benjamin ergeben sich Fragen, die auch an das Werk anderer…

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Call for Papers: Walter Benjamin’s Baudelaire workshop at Goldsmiths

May 11, 2019
8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, , London , SE14 6NW United Kingdom
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Event date: Saturday, 11th May 2019 Location: Goldsmiths, University of London Deadline for abstracts: Monday, 4th February 2019 Contact: benjaminsbaudelaire@gmail.com   In affiliation with the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought’s 2018–19 research seminar series on Baudelaire and Philosophy as well as the corresponding conference to be held in June 2019, a one-day workshop will offer early career researchers the chance to re-examine the conceptual and methodological implications of Walter Benjamin’s relationship to ‘The Writer of Modern Life’. The workshop…

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CHASE-funded Screening event @Goldsmiths ‘Berlin Childhood around 1900 – A Project in Progress’

May 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, , London , SE14 6NW United Kingdom
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CHASE-funded screening event ‘Berlin Childhood around 1900 – A Project in Progress’ Friday, May 10  18:00 – 21.00  Professor Stuart Hall Building LG01 – Goldsmiths, University of London Attendance is free but registration is required, please register here: https://www.chase.ac.uk/film-screening-berlin-childhood-around-1900 In the early 1930s whilst in exile, German writer and philosopher Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) began to draft a series of short autobiographical texts which documented his experience as a middle-class Jewish child growing up in Berlin at the turn of the twentieth century. These vignettes…

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