April 2017


Egon Schiele in The Clinic: Medicine, Motherhood, and Viennese Modernism

Alys George
New York University

"Pathological" was a damning term frequently applied to the visual art of Viennese modernism. Yet while the nudes of Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, and others diverged sharply from the classical pictorial tradition, they emerged alongside a contemporaneous trend: the increasing presence of medical imagery in the city's visual vernacular. In the decades after 1900, the bodies of working-class Viennese-women and children, in particular - came to occupy a central place in films, lectures, exhibitions, and popular literature. The medicalized gaze of "pathological" portraiture, this lecture argues, was fostered by a complex Viennese social network of physicians, artists, writers, and politicians - all of whom staked their claims on the mother's body to vastly different ends.

The event will take place:

Monday, APRIL 3 in Kresge Hall 2-350 (Kaplan Humanities Institute)
at 5:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Science in Human Culture Program, Global Avant-garde and Modernist Studies cluster and by the Departments of German and Art History. Download the announcement here.


"Kafka, Blanchot and the Silence of the Sirens"

Zakir Paul
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Zakir Paul is working on a manuscript about the reception of intelligence in French literature and thought, with a special focus on Bergson, Proust, and Valéry. His articles and reviews have appeared in Athenäum, JML, Critical Inquiry, Germanic Review, and L'ésprit créateur. He has translated and introduced Blanchot's Political Writings 1953-1993 (Fordham, 2010) and Ranciére's Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art (Verso, 2013). Download the announcement here.

The event will take place:

Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Kresge 3410
from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm


Why is Niobe Punished?

Astrid Deuber-Mankowski
Ruhr-University of Bochum

In Discussion with Peter Fenves and Samuel Weber

Notes on the Concept of Schuld, the Doctrine of the Will to Power, and the Critique of Violence. Professor Deuber-Mankowsky's pre-circulated paper will include a discussion of the concept of Schuld (guilt-debt) in Friedrich Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals and Walter Benjamin's "Critique of Violence," which will also be made available. A light lunch will be served. Download the announcement here .
The event will take place:

Tuesday, April 25 in Kresge 2380
from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Co-sonsored by the Department of German and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.