Thursday, December 03

Capitalism, Temporality, and the Crisis of Labor

Ellen Maria Gorrissen Lecture 

The ongoing financial crisis, argues historian Moishe Postone, has laid bare the contradictory and shaky character of contemporary capitalism. Yet the essentially inchoate responses to the crisis have dramatically revealed the absence of a robust conceptualization of post-capitalist society and, by implication, of a robust critique of capital itself. One result has been the continued hegemony of neoliberal discourses and policies, Postone argues, and he seeks to fundamentally rethink the core categories of Marx’s critique of political economy. »

Tuesday, December 08

Nature and Culture in the Kamasutra

American Academy Lecture 

The Kamasutra, composed in the third century CE, is the world’s most famous textbook of erotic love. For its time, it was astonishingly sophisticated and, even today, there is nothing like it. Yet it is all but ignored as a serious work in its country of origin—sometimes taken as a matter of national shame rather than pride—and in the rest of the world it is a source of amused amazement, inspiring magazine articles that offer "mattress-quaking sex styles" such as "the backstairs boogie" and "the spider web." »

Wednesday, December 16

Geschichte(n) schreiben: Erzählungen zwischen dem Persönlichen und Politischen

Head to Head: A Meeting of Inspired Minds 

Authors Anthony Marra and Nora Bossong in discussion. Moderated by Pamela Rosenberg, Former Dean of Fellows, American Academy in Berlin This event takes place at the Literaturhaus Stuttgart. Tickets (€ 9): info@literaturhaus-stuttgart.de or +49 1805-70 07 33 In cooperation with the Literaturhaus Stuttgart Generously supported by Dr. Dirk Ippen, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, and the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH »