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180057 SE Philosophy, art, holocaust (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work
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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: German

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Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The focus of this seminar (to be held in English) is on the ways in which philosophy and the arts have addressed and have attempted to work through the Holocaust. Texts by thinkers such as Theodor W. Adorno, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jacques Derrida, Georges Didi-Huberman, and Jacques Ranciere are interrogated in form of close readings. Furthermore, poets and artists such as Paul Celan, Arnold Schönberg, Anselm Kiefer, and Christian Boltanksi constitute important reference points for the texts to be discussed.
Thursday, March 25th: 15:00 pm – 16:30 pm (Preliminary Meeting)
Monday, May 17th: 15:00 pm – 18:15 pm
Tuesday, May 18th: 15:00 pm – 18:15 pm
Thursday, May 20th: 15:00 pm – 18:15 pm
Monday, June 7th: 15:00 pm – 18:15 pm
Tuesday, June 8th: 15:00 pm – 18:15 pm
Monday, June 21st: 15:00 pm – 18:15 pm
Tuesday, June 22nd: 15:00 pm – 18:15 pm

Thursday 25.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 17.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 18.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Thursday 20.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 07.06. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 08.06. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Monday 21.06. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Tuesday 22.06. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital

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Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar provides forays into the constellation of philosophy, art, and the Holocaust. In this context, texts by Theodor W. Adorno, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jacques Derrida, Georges Didi-Huberman, and Jacques Ranciere will be read and analyzed; additionally, close attention will be paid to the ways in which poets and artists such as Paul Celan, Arnold Schönberg, Anselm Kiefer, and Christian Boltanski figure in the thinking of those philosophers. The course consists of one preliminary meeting and seven seminar sessions. While the first seminar session examines sections from Adorno’s “Negative Dialectics” and from Lacoue-Labarthe’s “Heidegger, Art, Politics”, the second seminar session addresses the question of literature “after” Auschwitz. The third seminar session closely reads two texts by Adorno and Lacoue-Labarthe on Schönberg’s opera “Moses and Aron”. The fourth seminar session analyses two texts by Derrida on Paul Celan. The fifth seminar session examines Lacoue-Labarthe’s book on Paul Celan and, in addition, some paintings by Anselm Kiefer. The sixth seminar session analyses both Didi-Huberman’s reflections on the relation between (photographic) image and Auschwitz and a text by Ranciere on the question of the representability of Auschwitz. The last session addresses another text by Rand certain artworks by Christian Boltanski.
The seminar will consist of presentations and class discussion. All texts (and artworks) to be discussed will be made available on Moodle. Participants are expected to come fully prepared, to have closely read the respective texts, and to engage in class discussion.
Office hours (by individual appointment) will be held via video tools.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance is strictly required! Missing more than one seminar will reflect negatively on the final grade; missing more than two seminars will result in a negative grade. Active participation is expected!
To receive a grade for the seminar, two options are available:
The first option is a presentation - the length of the presentation is supposed to be 30 minutes; the presentation must be fully elaborated and submitted in written form and as email attachment to the course instructor the day before the presentation. The written form of the presentation must include a bibliographical apparatus. The written text of the presentation has to be 10 pages (1 ½ spaces) long; also, presenters have to provide a 1-page hand-out for all the seminar participants the day before their presentation; this hand-out is to be sent to the course instructor one day before the presentation, and the course instructor will put the hand-out on Moodle). The presentation and the hand-out must be sent in due time. The presentations should be chosen during the preliminary meeting (Vorbesprechung), although participants interested in giving a presentation on the texts/topics listed can contact the instructor before the preliminary meeting.
The second option is a paper - the length of the paper must be at least 15 pages (1 ½ spaces). The paper must include a bibliographical apparatus. The citation style can be chosen by the author of the paper, but it must be consistent. The topic of the paper should be determined in consultation with the instructor.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The seminar will be conducted in form of close readings, presentations, and class discussion. The seminar will provide students with the opportunity to hone their presentational and writing skills. Attendance is strictly required! Missing more than one seminar will reflect negatively on the final grade; missing more than two seminars will result in a negative grade.

Examination topics

The seminar participants will read and discuss the following texts and artworks:
May 17th, Adorno: Meditations on Metaphysics (from Negative Dialectics); Lacoue-Labarthe: Heidegger, Art Politics (select chapters).
May 18th, Adorno: Commitment; Parataxis (from Notes to Literature); Lacoue-Labarthe: If faut (from Heidegger and the Politics of Poetry).
May 20th, Adorno: Sacred Fragment: Schönberg’s Moses and Aron (from Quasi Una Fantasia); Lacoue-Labarthe: Adorno (from Musica Ficta).
June 7th, Derrida: Shibboleth; Poetics and Politics of Witnessing (from Sovereignties in Question).
June 8th, Lacoue-Labarthe: Catastrophe (from The Experience of Poetry); select works by Anselm Kiefer.
June 21st, Didi-Huberman: Images in Spite of It All; Ranciere: Are Some Things Unrepresentable (from The Future of the Image).
June 22nd, Ranciere, The Ethical Turn of Aesthetics and Politcs (from Dissensus); select works by Christian Boltanski.

Reading list

Adorno, Theodor W.: Negative Dialectics.
Adorno, Theodor W.: Notes to Literature.
Adorno, Theodor W.: Quasi Una Fantasia.
Derrida, Jacques: Sovereignties in Question.
Didi-Huberman, Georges: In Spite of It All.
Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe: Heidegger, Art, Politics.
Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe: The Experience of Poetry.
Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe: Heidegger and the Politics of Poetry.
Ranciere, Jacques: The Future of the Image.
Ranciere, Jacques: Dissensus.

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