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Eros in Walter Benjamin’s Philosophy

Friday, 24 May, 9:45am – Saturday, 25 May 2019, 5:30pm

Eros in Walter Benjamin’s Philosophy

A workshop organised by Dr Sebastian Truskolaski (TCD), Dr Stefano Marchesoni (University of Trento), Dr Nassima Sahraoui (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main/Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover) and Tom Vandeputte (Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin/Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam).


Friday 24 May
9:45-10:00h Welcome address
Sebastian Truskolaski, Nassima Sahraoui, Stefano Marchesoni, Tom Vandeputte

10:00-11:30h Reading Session I: Love, Sex, and Spirit: The Early Writings
o Metaphysik der Jugend (GS II, 91-104; SW 1, 6-17)
o Das Leben der Studenten (GS II, 83-85; SW 1, 37-47)
o Erotische Erziehung (GS II, 71-72; tr. included in reader)
Chair: Thomas Regehly (Frankfurt), Ruben Sanchez (Costa Rica)

—Coffee break—

12:00-13.30h Reading Session II: Eros and Demon: Benjamin’s Reading of the Symposion
o Sokrates (GS II, 129-132; SW 1, 52-54)
o Excerpt from the “Erkenntniskritische Vorrede” (GS I, 209-212; Origin of the German Tragic Drama, 29-32)
Chair: Orr Scharf (Haifa), Mauricio Gonzalez (Frankfurt)

—Lunch Break—

15:00-16:00h Reading Session III.1: Dialectics of Marriage, Myths, and Elective Affinities
o Excerpt from Goethes Wahlverwandtschaften (GS I, 127-131 / SW 1, 299-302; GS I, 169-171; SW 1, 331-333 / GS I, 173-201; SW 1, 334-356)
Chair: Anat Messing-Marcus (Cambridge), Sabine Gölz (Iowa)

16:00-17:00h Reading Session III.2: Gender and Baudelaire’s Questions
o Excerpt from “Über einige Motive bei Baudelaire” (GS I, 612-13, 622-624, 651-53; SW 2, 316-317, 323-324, 342-343)
Chair: Sabine Gölz (Iowa), Anat Messing-Marcus (Cambridge)

—Coffee break—

17:30-19:00h Keynote: Esther Leslie (London): Loving Walter Benjamin: On Profane Gestures and the Crypt of Poetry
Chair: Sebastian Truskolaski (Dublin)

—19h Drinks/Dinner—

Saturday 25 May
10:00-11:30h Reading Session IV: The Eros of Revolution
o Excerpts from Arcades Project: B 1,4 / B 1a, 4 / C 3, 4/ C 3, 5 / C 3, 6 / G 11a, 1 / G 11a, 2 / O 2, 3 / O 2, 4 / O 2, 5 / O 2a, 1 / U 3a,1
Chair: Nassima Sahraoui (Hamburg/Frankfurt), Sebastian Truskolaski (Dublin)

—Coffee Break—

12:00-13:30h Reading Session V: Cosmogonic Eros: Klages and Scheerbart
o “Zum Planetarium” (GS IV, 146-148; One-Way Street and Other Writings, 103-104)
o “Paul Scheerbart: Lesabéndio” (GS II, 618; tr. included in reader)
o “Schemata zum psychophysischen Problem” (GS VI, 80-87; SW 1, 395-400)
Chair: Stefano Marchesoni (Milan), Daniel Mourenza (Newcastle)

—Lunch Break—

15:00 -16:30h Reading Session VI: Eros, Language and Justice: Kraus
o Excerpt from Karl Kraus (GS II, 360-367; SW 2.2, 451-457)
o “Platonische Liebe” aus Kurze Schatten (GS IV, 368-369; SW 2.1, 268)
Chair: Tom Vandeputte (Amsterdam/Berlin), Betty Schulz (London)

16:30-17:30 Closing Discussion


Organisation: Stefano Marchesoni (Milan), Nassima Sahraoui (Hamburg/Frankfurt), Sebastian Truskolaski (Dublin), Tom Vandeputte (Berlin/Amsterdam)

In collaboration with the Department of Germanic Studies, the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, as well as the Philosophical Colloquium / Frankfurt Benjamin Lectures (Thomas Regehly), and the Walter Benjamin Archive, Academy of Arts, Berlin.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Contact Name: Dr Sebastian Truskolaski

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