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HU-Berkeley Workshop: Voices of the People?

Workshop: Upcoming | October 12 – 13, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall


Department of German


The Voice(s) of the People?
Literature and Film between Democracy and Populism

The workshop “The Voice(s) of the People? Literature and Film between Democracy and Populism” will offer a space for talks, close readings, and discussions of contemporary and canonical texts addressing the role of literature and film in their relationship to democracy and populism. This includes narrative forms and strategies, questions on the social status and position of cultural agents, and reflections on the specific media practices of democratic, political, and activist literature and films.
Whom do literature and movies speak for? Where do texts and authors situate themselves in the conflicting space between democracy and populism? Whom does literature represent, and how does it contribute to or contest the formation of social, national or cultural identities? Which specific groups are included or excluded when somebody claims to speak with the voice of the people? What makes literature and film an instrument of social critique and how can it be (mis-)used for agitative purposes?
THURSDAY, 10/12/17
UC BERKELEY, DWINELLE HALL, ROOM 370
10.00
Chenxi Tang (Berkeley):
Reading: Hölderlin, Stimme des Volks
11.30
Coffee break
11.45
Jonas Teupert (UC Berkeley):
„Atemzug der deutschen Freiheit.”
Germania’s Voices in Kleist’s Nationalist Newspaper Projects
12.30
Lunch Break
14.00
Saein Park (UC Santa Cruz):
Bilder des Volkes:
Heinrich Heine’s Literary Critique of the Ideas of Volk and Volksgeschichte

14.45
Marius Reisener (HU Berlin):
In the Name of the Brother:
Rhetorics of Masculinity and Fraternity in the 2016 US Election

15.30
Coffee break
16.00
Deniz Göktürk (UC Berkeley):
Reading: Kafka, Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer and Tadhg O'Sullivan The Great Wall
17.30
Break
19.15
Poetry Reading with Geoffrey O'Brien und Rusty Morrison, University Press Books (2430 Bancroft Way)

FRIDAY, 10/13/17
UC BERKELEY, DWINELLE HALL, ROOM 370
10.00
Niklaus Largier (UC Berkeley):
Reading: Siegfried Kracauer, Die Angestellten. Aus dem neusten Deutschland
11.30
Coffee break
11.45
Aurelia Cojocaru (UC Berkeley):
Poetry and the Crises of Ideology in the 1970s
12.30
Lunch Break
14.00
Sören Brandes (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin):
The State, the Market, the People.
Neoliberal Populism in the TV Series Free to Choose and Yes Minister

14.45
Kumars Salehi (UC Berkeley):
Montage as protest and pedagogy in Kluge’s The Patriot
15.30
Coffee break
16.00
!! DWINELLE HALL, ROOM 282 !!
Anatol Heller (HU Berlin):
„Contract with the people“: on a peculiar populist strategy
16.45
Burkhardt Wolf (HU Berlin):
The common sense of populism


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