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Ergebnisanzeige "Interiority/ Exteriority: Rethinking Emotions"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelInteriority/ Exteriority: Rethinking Emotions
BeschreibungInteriority/ Exteriority: Rethinking Emotions

New Haven, February 12-13, 2010

International Conference/ Humboldt Kolleg at the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University
February 12-13, 2010

The emergence of the notion of interiority is a modern phenomenon. From antiquity to early modernity, affects or passions were mostly conceived of as external physiological forces which act upon a passive subject, or as dramatic situations in which the affected person responds to an ensemble of actors and specific circumstances. It is only at the turn of the eighteenth century that emotions became increasingly located within the subject itself. Together with thoughts and ideas they began to form what in German is understood as the “Innenwelt” (“inner world” or “interiority”) of a person.
The new distinction between “interiority” and “exteriority” indicates fundamental epistemological and social transformations. Drawing on Descartes’ philosophical distinction between res cogitans and res extensa, this can also be understood as a consequence of a functional differentiation of society, which, according to sociologist Niklas Luhmann, “slowly took over the place of the former distinction between above and below.”
Unlike most previous research discussion, which – especially in the German tradition – often focused exclusively on the rise of the modern (romantic) interiority without paying attention to the underlying dichotomy, this conference aims to explore the historical preconditions, the internal logic and the possible shortcomings that inform this discourse. By exploring the genealogy and various manifestations of the opposition “interiority/exteriority” we aim to provoke a critical rethinking of the dichotomy and to try out alternative descriptions and analyses.



9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Julia Weber

I. Passions: Interiority as Exteriority

9:15 a.m.
Niklaus Largier, University of California, Berkeley
Mysticism, Meditation and Spiritual Exercises

10:15 a.m.
Rüdiger Campe, Yale University
Who Loves Whom for What Reason? Affects as Narrative Scenes According to Aristotle (Rhetoric, Book II), and their Re-Interpretation in Descartes

11:15 a.m.
Coffee break

11:30 a.m.
Catherine Newmark, Freie Universität Berlin
Moving the Soul – Moving into the Soul. On the Process of Interiorization in Early Modern Philosophy of the Passions

Moderation: Joachim Harst

12:30 a.m.

II. Mirroring: Exteriority/Interiority

2:00 p.m.
Brigitte Weingart, Universität Bonn
Contact at a Distance. The Topology of Fascination

3:00 p.m.
Julia Weber, Yale University/ Freie Universität Berlin
Inside/Out: Mediating Interiority in E.T.A. Hoffmann's “Rat Krespel”

4:00 p.m.
Coffee break

4:30 p.m.
Rainer Nägele, Yale University
Kellergewölbe: Gottfried Kellers Innenwelt der Außenwelt. Eine Reflexion auf der Grundlage der Novelle „Die drei gerechten Kammacher“

Moderation: Jürgen Brokoff

6:00 p.m.
See Me If You Can! Towards an Aesthetics of Personal Being

Introduction: Rüdiger Campe


III. The Discovery of the In-Between: Overcoming the Dichotomy “Inside/Outside”

9:00 a.m.
Daniel Cuonz, Yale University/ Universität Zürich
Where does Guilt come from and what ever will become of it? Nietzsche's Genealogy of the 'Internalized Human Being'

10:00 a.m.
Claudia Brodsky, Princeton University
“The Real Horizon” (beyond Emotions): Language and the Limits of Language, or what Proust (Rousseau, Diderot, and Hegel) had “in” Mind

11:00 a.m.
Coffee break

11:30 a.m.
Petra Gehring, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Dreaming and Waking in the Sleep Laboratory: Inside/Outside with Intertwining Implications

Moderation: Brigitte Weingart

12:30 a.m.

IV. Artistic Challenges: The Inextricability of the Relationship

2:00 p.m.
Beate Söntgen, Ruhr Universität Bochum
Chardin. Interiority – Emotion – Communication

3:00 p.m.
Anthony Vidler, The Cooper Union
Lost in Vienna: Where in the World Is Little Hans?

4:00 p.m.
Coffee break

4:30 p.m.
Final discussion
Moderation: Rüdiger Campe

All events take place at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, Room 208

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Conference organized by:
Rüdiger Campe, Yale University
Julia Weber, Freie Universität Berlin/ Yale University
Brigitte Weingart, Universität Bonn
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PersonName: Weber, Julia 
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KontaktdatenName/Institution: Julia Weber, Department of German Yale University  
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Stadt: New Haven, CT 
Telefon: 203.432.0781 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Historische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft)
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