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Ergebnisanzeige "Forms, Style, and Manners: Democracy as a Way of Life"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelForms, Style, and Manners: Democracy as a Way of Life
BeschreibungWorkshop 2nd–4th July 2014
Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
Universität zu Köln
In cooperation with
Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies
Centre canadien d‘études allemandes et européennes
Université de Montréal

Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Universität zu Köln,Weyertal 59 (Back Building: Third Floor) Köln, Haus der Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung, formerly the Amerika Haus Köln, Apostelnkloster 13-15,50672

We are all democrats now. Yet concerns over the future viability of democracy pervade scholarly and public controversies. Today, the social sciences dominate the domain of democratic theory. In contrast, the humanities have contributed little to our understanding of democracy’s fragile and contingent nature in the past and in the present. Against this background, the workshop aims to strengthen the role of the humanities in scholarly exchanges over the meaning, the fragility and the contingency of democracy as a way of life.
The focus is not on the content of content, i.e. democratic ideas in democratic polities, but on the content of form. The workshop therefore invites conversations about the democratic content of aesthetic forms, styles, and manners. It aims to revise Walter Benjamin’s argument that an aestheticization of politics gives rise to fascism as well as to rethink our understanding of aesthetics and the political generally. The workshop focuses on the question if there are forms of political aesthetics, as opposed to aestheticized politics, that are democratic rather than authoritarian.


Wednesday, July 2nd
Venue: Internationales Kolleg Morphomata

Opening Night
18.30 Dietrich Boschung (Archeology) Cologne: Welcome Address
18.45 Johannes von Moltke (Film Studies) Ann Arbor: Introductory Comments “Movie-Made Democracy”
19.15 Film Screening: “The Searchers” Directed by John Ford / USA 1956

Thursday, July 3rd
Venue: Haus der Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung
09.30 Till van Rahden (History) Montreal: Introduction

Materials and Media
10.00 Introductory Remarks: Leora Auslander (Material Studies and History) Chicago
Natalie Scholz (Material Studies and History) Amsterdam

Comments: Susanne Schregel (History) Cologne
Jakob Tanner (History) Zurich
13.00 Lunch break

Voices and Vistas
15.00 Introductory Remarks: Jennifer Evans (History and Visual Culture) Ottawa
Patricia Hayes (Visual History) Cape Town
Comments: Grace Hale (History and Musicology) Charlottesville
Ralph Jessen (History) Cologne

Friday, July 4th
Venue: Haus der Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung

Rituals and Rhythms
10.00 Introductory Remarks: Petra Rethmann (Anthropology) Hamilton, ON
Niels Werber (German Studies) Siegen
Comments: Barbara Thériault (Sociology) Montreal
Ulrike Lindner (History) cologne
13.00 Lunch break

High and Low
15.00 Introductory Remarks: Karin Bauer (German Studies) Montreal
Peter Niesen (Political Theory) Hamburg
Comments: Christian Geulen (Modern and Contemporary History) Koblenz
Kerstin Schmidt (American Studies) Eichstätt

Concluding Discussion
17.30 Introductory Remarks: Patricia Hayes (Visual History) Cape Town
Jakob Tanner (Modern History) Zurich
Grace Hale (History and Musicology) Charlottesville

Venue: Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
Universität zu Köln
Weyertal 59 (Back Building: Third Floor)
50937 Cologne

Haus der Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung,
formerly the Amerika Haus Köln
Apostelnkloster 13-15
50672 Cologne

Concept: Till van Rahden, Dietrich Boschung
Participants are asked to register with: Larissa Förster (larissa.foerster[at]
+49 (0)221 470-1430
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PersonName: Larissa Förster 
E-Mail: larissa.foerster[at] 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Universität zu Köln 
Strasse/Postfach: Weyertal 59  
Postleitzahl: 50937 
Stadt: Köln 
Telefon: +49 (0) 221 470-1292 
E-Mail: larissa.foerster[at] 
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