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Ergebnisanzeige "Robert Walser. Intersections of Life and Literature, Art and Psychiatry"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelRobert Walser. Intersections of Life and Literature, Art and Psychiatry
BeschreibungRobert Walser
Intersections of Life and Literature, Art and Psychiatry
International conference, April 3, 2013
University of California, Berkeley, and swissnex San Francisco

The singular work and exceptional biography of the Swiss author Robert Walser (1878-1956) have in recent decades attracted the interest of a wide, international readership. During his lifetime, however, Walser lived and wrote at the margins of society. Many of Walser's most prominent admirers have, therefore, portrayed him as the prototype of the modern writer's tragic fate. Considering the central importance of writing and psychiatry in his life, Walser's work and biography invite discussions from perspectives that combine artistic productivity with psychopathology. This conference will thematize ongoing debates on genius and insanity with regard to Walser's mysterious micrograms and his deci-sion to turn silent as an author. We will also reflect on the possibilities of translating Walser's unique work into the present day via other languages and art.
This conference intends to foster a dialogue across disciplinary borders and to generate new insights into the relationship between art, deviation and insanity by linking historical perspectives in the fields of literature and psychiatry to contemporary artistic and literary activities and projects. A select group of scholars, critics, and artists has been invited to discuss the topic of this conference from a multiplicity of perspectives including translation, literary writing, plastic art, psychiatry, and academia.
The conference has two parts: The morning and afternoon program will take place on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, with a series of lectures. From there, the conference will move to San Francisco, where it will continue with a special evening program.


April 3, 2013, 9am-5pm
University of California, Berkeley, Institute of European Studies, 201 Moses Hall
Admission free

Jeroen Dewulf: Welcome, Introduction

Jörg Kreienbrock: Failure is (not) an Option: Robert Walser's Modernity

Winfried Kudszus: Via Robert Walser: Microwriting, Metaparanoia

Uwe Henrik Peters: Robert Walser and the Enigma of Schizophrenia

Lucas Marco Gisi: Writing under Observation, or Robert Walser Falling Silent in the Clinic

Emily Verla Bovino: Son Mot Mort or Its Word Death: The Recipes and Journals of Constance Schwartzlin-Berberat at the Waldau Clinic (1884-1911)
Euan Macdonald: We Already See So Much

April 3, 2013, 7-8.30pm
swissnex San Francisco, 730 Montgomery Street
Translating Robert Walser: A Roundtable with the Translators Susan Bernofsky and Mark Harman
Moderation: Winfried Kudszus

Presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco. Reception to follow. Mandatory RSVP via:

Contact information:
Jeroen Dewulf (
Lucas Marco Gisi (
Winfried Kudszus (

Sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, the Department of German and the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, the Robert Walser-Zentrum, Bern, and swissnex San Francisco.
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VeranstaltungsortBerkeley, San Francisco
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur 1880 - 1945
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