Distinguished Visiting Max Kade Professor of German
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Sigrid Weigel, former Director of the Centre for Literature Research (ZfL) in Berlin is a world-renowned scholar, whose works has made major contributions to a number of disciplines in the humanities. Among her many books and edited volumes, the following appear in English: Body-and Image-Space: Re-Reading Walter Benjamin; Walter Benjamin: Images, the Creaturely, and the Holy; Testimony/Bearing Witness: Epistemology, Ethics, History and Culture; A Neuro-Psychoanalytical Dialogue for Bridging Freud and the Neurosciences; and Escape to Life: German Intellectuals in New York: A Compendium on Exile after 1933. Her most recent book is entitled Grammatologie der Bilder (Grammatology of Images). Her combined graduate-undergraduate seminar at Northwestern, “Reading Faces – Methods of Deciphering in Literature, Sciences and Art,” undertakes a genealogy and archeology of methods of deciphering through the study of textual sources from literature, art theory, psychology, evolutionary and critical theory, and visual images from portraiture, photography, film, and science.