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Here you can find all the keynote lecture videos since 2011.

Post/Doc Perspectives: Against Functionalization. On Artistic Research

28th June 2016
A specter is haunting European academia – the specter of artistic research. This specter invokes an ambivalent promise: For some the hybridization of academic studies and art practice seems to be a worthwhile endeavor inasmuch as it aims to break with incrusted institutional structures within the field of art and knowledge production. Others hope to enhance the visibility of their institutions by acquiring public funds to establish new study and research programs that work at the intersection of art and research; or in short: artistic research has economic value.

In our lecture we will, first, address the discussion on artistic research by asking how an aesthetic critique of scientific knowledge production could look like. By, secondly, referring to concrete examples we will further question the potential of artistic research as a hybrid cultural praxis that receives its value precisely from sitting at the nexus of academic studies and art. Do we need to hold on to a constitutional difference between artistic practice and scientific praxis or does this distinction dissolve? In relating our thoughts to the institutional critique – specifically focusing on the critique of the higher education sector – we will assume that the praxis of artistic research can only fully unfold its potential if such a praxis gets encouraged by means of funding, but without institutionally embedding and regulating this very praxis.

Philipp Schulte

Main Research Interests

  • Contemporary Performance Art

  • Subjectivity and Identity

  • Theories of Space and Scenography

  • Theatre and Critique

Publications (selected)

  • With Anneka Esch-van Kan, Stephan Packard: Thinking – Resisting – Reading the Political. Zürich/Berlin: Diaphanes, 2013.
  • With Marion Tiedtke: Die Kunst der Bühne: Positionen des zeitgenössischen Theaters. Berlin: Theater der Zeit, 2011.
  • Identität als Experiment. Ichperformanzen auf der Gegenwartsbühne. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2011.
  • With Marion Tiedtke: Die Kunst der Bühne. Zeitgenössische Positionen der Regie und der Choreographie. Berlin: Theater der Zeit, 2011.

Falk Rößler

Main Research Interests

  • Aesthetic Strategies in Contemporary Performing Arts

  • Artistic Research

  • Quality of Life-Discourse

Publications (selected)

  • Eierlegende Wollmilchsäue? Anmerkungen zu Künstlerischer Forschung. In: Frankfurt in Takt. Schwerpunktthema Künstlerische Forschung. Frankfurt am Main: Magazin der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, 2015.
  • Das starke Selbst. Stoische und zeitgenössische Lebenskunstkonzepte als Medien der Lebensgestaltung. München: Grin, 2011.
  • Benjamins taktiles Paradies. Zum Politischen in Walter Benjamins Kunstwerk-Aufsatz. In: Flade/Förster/Ugarte Chacón: Paradiese am Rand. Studentisches Denken. Marginalien an der Universität? München: USP, 2010.

New Directions and Challenges in Cultural Memory Studies: Past, Present, Future

14th June 2016

This lecture discusses how cultural memory is studied today in different disciplinary, national and regional contexts – and how it might, or should, be studied tomorrow. After a quick look back at the evolution and main crossroads of the field in the past three decades, I will try to recapitulate some of the most important developments of memory studies in recent years. I am quite aware, however, of the sheer impossibility of constructing one single ‘state of the art’ of memory studies. Instead, I will show some of the more interesting ‘states’ that this highly diverse, international and interdisciplinary field has reached. Finally, I will zoom in on some examples (taken mainly from literary, media, and transcultural memory studies), and ask where the preoccupation with cultural memory may lead us in the future. 


Astrid Erll

Main Research Interests

  • Anglophone Literatures and Culture

  • Transcultural Memory Narratives

  • Media Studies/Intermediality

Publications (selected)

  • Bibel und Literatur um 1800. München: Wilhelm Fink 2011.
  • With Ansgar Nünning, in collab. with Sara B. Young: Cultural Memory Studies. An International and Interdisciplinary Handbook. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 2008. 

  • Kollektives Gedächtnis und Erinnerungskulturen. Eine Einführung. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2005.

  • With Ansgar Nünning: Media & Cultural Memory/Medien & kulturelle Erinnerung. Vols. 1ff. Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, since 2004.

Literature and the Post-Humanist Turn

7th June 2016

It comes as no surprise that in an age that is captivated by posthumanism in its sundry forms, the humanities seem to have lost much of their pertinence. However, literary theory, which over the past two decades has mutated into just “theory,” has shown real aptness in dealing with human border zones, the primary posthumanist domains. Is it appropriate, then, to speak of a posthumanist turn or reorientation in relation to literature and the literary humanities? In order to answer this question, one will have to take into account how an injection of posthumanist theorizing into our critical frameworks may radically put them into question or at least exert pressure on some of our ingrained concepts and routines. In other words, does the consideration of posthumanist claims on the part of the humanities turn these disciplines into something we might call, on good conceptual grounds, “the posthumanities”? How much of our current practice will be deemed compatible with new demands and protocols that arise in the wake of such disciplinary upheaval and realignment? This lecture concludes that literature is bound to play a central role in the further development of posthumanist thinking and its peculiar modes of inquiry.


Prof. Dr. Peter Gilgen

Main Research Interests

  • Eighteenth- to Twentieth-Century Literature and Philosophy 

  • Literary and Media Theory 

  • Lyric Poetry and Poetics  

  • Systems Theory

Publications (selected)

  • Lektüren der Erinnerung: Lessing, Kant, Hegel. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2012.
  • With Peter Uwe Hohendahl and Thomas Teufel: Back to Kant II: The Fate of Kant in a Time of Crisis. The Philosophical Forum 41:1-2 (2010): 1-230.
  • Unterlandschaft. Eggingen: Edition Isele, 1999.

Post/Doc Perspectives: The Nano-Politics of Affect

26th April 2016
Affect has become one of the key terms in contemporary critical thought and within post-deconstructive cultural studies. But, why are so many scholars in the humanities and social sciences fascinated by the idea of affect? Affect, as I will argue, does not only serve as a ‘new’ scientific concept, but even more as an ethical category and as a nano-political strategy conjuring the belief in the recreative value of affective connections as well as in affect’s capacity to exceed social subjection. In order to critically investigate the political potential of affect, one has to understand the theoretical claim for affect as a product of our current socio-historic condition. In my lecture I will demonstrate that the so-called affective turn represents an epistemological shift not only within critical-academic, artistic, and ethico-political discourses, but also in the overall way we envision social reality and humanity. Theorizing affect requires a quite specific social ontology. Taking this into account I want to disentangle the premises of affect theory to, first, analyze the underlying onto-political belief system that fuels affect theory in order to, secondly, demonstrate in how far this represents a new notion of the social, a vital political hope that is conditioned by the metaphysics of late capitalism.


Veronika Zink (JLU, Gießen, GER)


Main Research Interests

  • Sociology of Religion and Secularism 

  • Economic Anthropology and Political Economy 

  • Sociology of Emotions and Affect Studies

Publications (selected)

  • With Bernd Giesen, Francis Le Maitre, Nils Meise: Überformungen. Wir ohne Nichts. Weilerswist: Velbrück, in Print. 

  • With Johanna Fernandez and Danae Gallo Gonzalez: W(h)ither Identity. Positioning the Self and Transforming the Social. Trier: VWT, 2015. 

  • Von der Verehrung. Eine kultursoziologische Untersuchung. Frankfurt am Main: Campus, 2014.


Systematic Problem Solving: Creativity and Ideation Techniques in the Post-War Era

2nd February 2016

Creativity and ideation techniques, such as brainstorming, mind maps, scenario analyses, or morphological boxes are used in the context of designing, planning, and problem solving in various disciplines: for example in the range of education for designers, architects or engineers, in management courses, writing seminars or psychological testing. These techniques represent a vital, and highly multidisciplinary part of contemporary knowledge production. Nevertheless, up to now very little is known about the cultural history of creativity and ideation techniques. This is particularly true with regard to their remarkable rise and prosperity in the 1950ies and 1960ies, when a great variety of creativity techniques and guidebooks were being launched and propagated in both academic and professional fields. Especially in western culture, creativity was regarded as a highly precious human property that needed to be fostered in a systematic way. The talk will place selected creativity and ideation techniques in the context of post war era, and will show, how these techniques have been shaped and influenced by social, political, and economic debates on creativity and knowledge production at that time.


Claudia Mareis

Main Research Interests

  • Design Methodology and Epistemology
  • Knowledge and Experimental Design and Media Practices
  • History and Practice of Creativity and Ideation Techniques

Publications (selected)

  • With Christof Windgätter: Long Lost Friends. Wechselbeziehungen zwischen Design-, Medien- und Wissenschaftsforschung. Zürich, Berlin: Diaphanes, 2013.
  • The Epistemology of the Unspoken. On the concept of tacit knowledge within contemporary design research. In: Design Issues, Vol. 28, Nr. 2, 2012, 61–71.
  • Design als Wissenskultur. Interferenzen zwischen Design- und Wissens­diskursen seit 1960. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2011.