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Monday, October 30, 2017

In the Guesthouse of Language: Translation as Asylum

Christine Ivanovic
Max Kade Distinguished Professor of German
(Brown University & University of Vienna)

Olin, Room 201  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
One of the most persistent topics in translation studies is the differentiation between “Domestication” and “Foreignization” – two alternative modes of literary translation first conceptualized by Friedrich Schleiermacher and (in English) coined by Lawrence Venuti. What happens when literary texts demand a crossing of borders? How do we perceive, conceptualize, and argue about the translation of literature, and, ultimately, about the translation of people? What do “Domestication” and “Foreignization” reflect when it is not texts but rather people who are crossing borders? How do these questions define the task of the translator today?
Professor Ivanovic will discuss these questions in response to eminent thinkers such as Friedrich Hölderlin, Hannah Arendt, Jacques Derrida, and Elfriede Jelinek.
For further information, please contact Thomas Wild:
Sponsored by: Bard Translation and Translatability Initiative; German Studies Program
  Friday, October 20, 2017

The 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution Symposium

Campus Center, Weis Cinema  9:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
A symposium commemorating the centennial of the Russian Revolution which will examine a wide range of topics related to the history, politics, and culture of this seminal event in modern Russian history. Bard President Leon Botstein will deliver the keynote address, and speakers include scholars from Bard, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University (Smolny College). The scholars will discuss, among other topics, the history and politics of the Revolution, literature in early Soviet Russia, visual culture of the two 1917 revolutions and the Russian Civil War, music of the Revolution, and the Russian Revolution and Eastern European ethnic cultures. The symposium is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Center for Moving Image Arts; Experimental Humanities Program; German Studies Program; Russian Art of the Avant-Garde Project at Bard, and the Yeltsin Presidential Library and Russian National Library (St. Petersburg, Russia).; Russian/Eurasian Studies Program; Studio Arts Program
Contact: Oleg Minin  626-628-6557
Friday, March 31, 2017

Book Release and Panel Discussion: Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Arendt's "Denktagebuch"​

Hosted by: The Hannah Arendt Center
Olin, Room 201  4:15 pm EDT/GMT-4
Edited by Roger Berkowitz and Ian Storey, Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Arendt's "Denktagebuch" offers a path through Hannah Arendt's recently published Denktagebuch, or "Book of Thoughts." In this book a number of innovative Arendt scholars come together to ask how we should think about these remarkable writings in the context of Arendt's published writing and broader political thinking. Other contributors include: Jeffrey Champlin, Wout Cornelissen, Ursula Ludz, Anne O'Byrne, Tracy Strong, Tatjana Noemi Tömmel, and Thomas Wild. Unique in its form, the Denktagebuch offers brilliant insights into Arendt's practice of thinking and writing. Artifacts of Thinking provides an introduction to the Denktagebuch as well as a glimpse of these fascinating but untranslated fragments that reveal not only Arendt's understanding of "the life of the mind" but her true lived experience of it.

Panelist Include: 

Roger Berkowitz has been teaching political theory, legal thought, and human rights at Bard College since 2005. He is the academic director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. Professor Berkowitz is an interdisciplinary scholar, teacher, and writer. His interests stretch from Greek and German philosophy to legal history and from the history of science to images of justice in film and literature. He is the author of The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition; coeditor of Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics; editor of Revenge and Justice, a special issue of Law, Culture, and the Humanities; and a contributing editor to Rechtsgeschichte. His essays have appeared in numerous academic journals. Roger Berkowitz received his B.A. from Amherst College; J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley; and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.

Wout Cornelissen studied philosophy at Radboud University Nijmegen and received his doctorate in philosophy from Leiden University. He was a visiting scholar at the Committee on Social Thought of the University of Chicago. He taught political philosophy in Leiden and philosophy of law in Amsterdam. He was a Hannah Arendt Center Postdoctoral Fellow and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities at Bard College, and a Postdoctoral Researcher at Utrecht University. His research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and literature. His first book project focuses on the relation between thought and action in the writing of Karl Popper, Leo Strauss, and Hannah Arendt. At Vanderbilt University, he will work on a critical edition of Arendt’s The Life of the Mind, as part of a Kritische Gesamtausgabe.

Anne O'Byrne's field of research is 20th century and contemporary European philosophy. From her dissertation, "Who are we?": Plurality and the Questioning of Philosophy, to her present project of natality (the existential condition of having been born) and finitude, her work has been at the intersection of ontology and politics. In her articles she investigates the political and ontological questions that arise around embodiment ("The Politics of Intrusion" in The New Centennial Review), gender ("The Excess if Justice" in International Studies in Philosophy), labor ("Symbol, Exchange and Birth" in Philosophy and Social Criticism) and pedagogy ("Pedagogy without a Project" in Studies in Philosophy and Education) using the work of authors such as Heidegger, Arendt, Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jean Baudrillard and Julia Kristeva. O'Byrne also maintains an interest in Irish Studies and has written philosophical work concerning the functioning of sovereignty in Northern Ireland and the inheritance of the Irish language. At Stony Brook and while on faculty at Hofstra University (1999-2007) she has taught courses in feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy, philosophy of art, philosophy and the Holocaust, modernity and post-modernity, existentialism, phenomenology, and Nietzsche.

Ian Storey is co-editor with Roger Berkowitz of Archives of Thinking, and author of the forthcoming Hungers on Sugar Hill: Hannah Arendt, the New York Poets, and the Remaking of Metropolis, which examines postwar changes in the urban politics of race, class, and representation through the lens of Arendt’s first experiences of the United States.  He also produces contemporary adaptations of German theater, including Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Antigone des Sophokles, and St. Joan of the Stockyards.  Having received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, Storey’s work centers on urban politics, the politics of aesthetics, and democratic theory.

Dr. Thomas Wild studied German literature and culture as well as political science in Berlin, and Munich, where he received his Ph.D. He has taught at institutions of higher learning in Germany, at Vanderbilt University, and at Oberlin College.  Dr. Wild’s research and teaching focus on twentieth-century German literature and film, the political dimensions of culture, art and thought, as well as contemporary developments in German media and society after 1989. Among his many publications are a monograph on Hannah Arendt’s relationships with key postwar German writers such as Uwe Johnson, Ingeborg Bachmann, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Hilde Domin, and Rolf Hochhuth; an “intellectual biography” of Hannah Arendt; and an edition of Thomas Brasch’s poetry. Most recently, he co-edited Arendt’s conversations and correspondence with the eminent German historian and political essayist Joachim Fest. Additionally, he is a literary critic and cultural correspondent for the major German dailies Süddeutsche Zeitung and Der Tagesspiegel.

Time: 4:15 pm
Date: March, 31st
Location: OLIN 201 [map]

Free & Open to the Public
R.s.v.p. not required
Monday, March 27, 2017

Lowi's "The End of the Republican Era" and the Beginning of What? Reflections on The Rise of Trump

Hosted by the Hannah Arendt Center and the Political Studies Program
Olin, Room 201  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Theodore J. Lowi (July 9, 1931 – February 17, 2017) was one of the most influential political scientists of the 20th century. Lowi authored numerous books included the hallmark “The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States”, along with “The Politics of Disorder”, “American Government: Incomplete Conquest”, and “Hyperpolitics: An Interactive Dictionary of Political Science”. He also edited “The Pursuit of Justice”, Robert F. Kennedy’s book about his tenure as attorney general.

Thomas Dumm is the author of six books that cover a range of topics in political theory and political culture as well as many articles and other essays. Among his books are Loneliness as a Way of Life (Harvard, 2008) and My Father’s House: On Will Barnet’s Paintings (Duke, 2014). He served as the founding co-editor of the international journal of contemporary political thought Theory&Event, as well as a non-fiction editor for the Massachusetts Review. His new book, a meditation on the (im)possibility of being at home in the twenty-first century, is forthcoming with Harvard University Press.

NYTimes Obituary:
Roger Berkowitz on Remembering “The End of Liberalism”:

Time: 5:00 pm
Location: OLIN 201 [map]
Free & Open to the Public
Info & Contact:
Contact: Samantha Hill
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Hannah Arendt Edition Series with Susanne Lüdemann: Hannah Arendt and the Problem of Judging (in) Modernity.

Hosted by the Hannah Arendt Center and the German Studies Program
Olin, Room 204  6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Hannah Arendt’s engagement with judgment begins in the 1950s. She meets it first of all as an ethical problem posed by the massive breakdown of personal judgment - the capacity to distinguish right from wrong - in the Third Reich. Arendt responds to this issue with her contentious claim about the “banality of evil.” Her formulation sees the industrially organized mass murder not as rooted in a kind of pleasure in or will to evil, and not even in hatred or conviction, but rather as a result of what she calls “thoughtlessness,” that is a specific lack of reflective judgment. On the other hand, Arendt addresses judgment as an 'epistemological' challenge: as the question of how one is to judge this massive breakdown in the capacity for judgment itself; and, how one is to judge, which is historically ‘novel’ in totalitarianism: morally, juridically, philosophically, politically, and historically.

Susanne Lüdemann's talk claims that, from the book on totalitarianism onward, Arendt dedicates her thought and writing to coping with this doubled challenge of judgment through the rupture in civilization in the extermination of the Jews on the one hand, and through the rupture in tradition of Modernity on the other. At the core of Arendt's work, judging and distinguishing are thus not only to be viewed as recurring themes or objects of her thought but also as ways of thinking and writing, as operations performed in her own discursive practice.

Time: 6:30 pm
Location: OLIN 204 [map]
Free & Open to the Public
Info & Contact:
Contact: Thomas Wild

Ongoing Events

  Feb 06, 2017 – Dec 31, 1969
Every Monday

German Language Table

Please join us weekly. Stay for as long as you would like.
Kline Commons  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; German Studies Program
Contact: Anna Engelmann