Talks/Events

2024

  • “Identity and/as Institution, conference, 100 Jahre Zauberberg, New York University, October 2024
  • “Do Narratives Have Autonomy?, invited lecture, Center for German and European Studies (CGES), University of Wisconsin–Madison, April 2024
  • “Filming Theory ca. 1986. On the Visual Afterlife of Textual Procedures”, seminar Theory without Object: Histories and Historical Accounts, Annual ACLA Meeting, Montréal, March 2024

2023

  • “Persönliche Devicen: Überlegungen zu einer frühneuzeitlichen Praxis Des Selbst“, Mediävistisches Colloquium, HU Berlin, December
  • “Dokumentarfilm – Essayfilm – Theoriefilm (bei Harun Farocki)”, guest lecture, seminar “Essays: Üben, Vesuchen, Ausprobieren”, Hanna Engelmeier, Universität der Künste, Berlin, December
  • “Operative Erzählungen. Über kleine Form und nicht-menschliche Autonomie, Germanistisches Kolloquium, Jürgen Brokoff, FU Berlin, December
  • Workshop “Erika Runge und das systemsprengende Potenzial des Glücksanspruchs. Screenings und Gespräche”, FU Berlin, November
  • “Commonplace – Placename – Topogram“, invited lecture, conference Kippfigur Gemeinplatz. Paradoxien der doxa, TU Dresden, November
  • “Die Abwehrkräfte der Scham 1930/2010, invited lecture, workshop Naming, Blaming, Shaming, FU Berlin, October
  • Book Presentation Civic Storytelling: The Rise of Short Forms and the Agency of Literature, German Department, Harvard University, October
  • Book Presentation, Zone Books, 2023 Brooklyn Book Festival BKBF Literary Marketplace, Brooklyn, NY, October
  • Book Presentation Civic Storytelling: The Rise of Short Forms and the Agency of Literature with Florian Fuchs & Daniel Heller Roazen, Labyrinth Books, Princeton NJ & Humanities Council, Princeton University, September
  • “Guy Debord: La Société du Spectacle (Buchversion 1967, Filmskript 1973, Film 1973)”, session, workshop Manifeste der Theorie: Schreibweisen und Stilformen einer Textsorte, EXC 2020, Freie Universität Berlin, July
  • “Operative Erzählungen. Über kleine Form und nicht-menschliche Autonomie, invited lecture, conference Kleine Formen der Intervention, TU Dresden, July
  • “Realpräsenz des Episodischen: Rossellinis Francesco, giullare di Dio, invited lecture, lecture series Apokryphe Konfessionen: Religiöse Denkformen und Religionskritik im Film, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, June
  • “The Agency of Short Forms: On Topical Speech”, invited lecture, ERC Group The Arts of Autonomy, Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität Munich, June
  • “Lehrfilme: Szenen des Lernens und Vergessens”, film-clip lecture, CineScience series, Kino Glückauf & KWI Essen, April
  • 4-part film series Falsche Filme: CineScience 2023, co-curated with Stefan Höhne, Kino Glückauf & KWI Essen, January-April (Interview at DLF Kultur, January 24, 2023)
  • “Textlektüren/Filmlektüren: Mulvey, Farocki, Ören, session “Research Area 4”, EXC 2020 Temporal Communities, FU Berlin (with Till Kadritzke), January

2022

  • “Institution und Identität. Überlegungen zum Nachleben des Institutionenromans”, conference Insitutionen/Romane der Gegenwartsliteratur, KWI Essen, November
  • “Theory as Film: The Moving Image as Theoretical Communication“, Research Colloquium, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen, October
  • “Concepts or Simulations of Reality?” (Blumenberg with Farocki), seminar Simulationstechniken, Annual GSA Conference, Houston TX, September
  • “Innenansicht vs. Außenansicht des Textes”, invited session, dissertation writing workshop, KWI Essen, September
  • “Gefilmte Theorie. Überlegungen zu Harun Farockis Verfahren”, invited lecture, Kunstgeschichtlichtes Institut/Institut für Medienwissenschften, Ruhr Universität Bochum, June
  • “My Devices, My Self”, invited lecture, Germanistisches Institut, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, February
  • “Die Novelle als gesellschaftliche Form und Konfiguration”, invited keynote, workshop, RWTH Aachen, January
  • “Theoriefilm statt Theorietext? Zu Harun Farockis Verfahren”, research colloquium, FU Berlin, January

2021

  • “Funktionale Ambiguitäten kleiner Formen”, discussion statement, conference Linguistic and Poetic Economy: Ambiguity and Small Forms, GRK 2190 Kleine Formen & GRK 1808 Ambiguität, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin
  • “Devices – Plattforms – Genres”, workshop Devices, Formate und Gattungspraktiken digitaler Literaturen, Peter Szondi-Institut / Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin

2020

  • “Language Sampling. Sentence and Situation in Röggla and Goetz”, German Department, New York University
  • “Blumenberg’s Moment” (with Paul Fleming), workshop, German Department, Princeton University
  • session of “The Hans Blumenberg Seminars (with Hannes Bajohr & Joe Paul Kroll), Faculty of Theology and Religion, Oxford University

2019

  • “Paradigmen zu einer Fabulologie”, conference Hans Blumenberg: Neue Zugänge zum Werk, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin
  • “Forced Sayings. Harsdörffer and Proverbial Realism”, panel series “Small Forms”, Annual GSA Conference, Portland
  • “’Enacted Stories’: Arendt’s Media of Appearance”, panel “Transnational Media and the Public Sphere”, SCMS Annual Conference, Seattle
  • “Topisches Sprechen / Pragmatisches Sprechen – Urszenen kleiner Formen bei Locke und Vico”, conference „kleiner werden“ – Verfahren und Techniken der Ökonomisierung kleiner Formen, DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2190 Literatur- und Wissensgeschichte kleiner Formen, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2018

  • “Notes on Poor Cinema (Beyond the White Cube and the Black Box)”, Seminar “Art Film/Film Art in Contemporary Germany”, Annual GSA Conference, Pittsburgh PA
  • “Kontrafaktur und Konterfei: Prosa als Ersetzung”, conference Prosa – Zur Geschichte und Theorie einer vernachlässigten Kategorie der Literaturwissenschaften, Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule, Freie Universität Berlin
  • “Media Mimesis in Post-1968 Germany: On Operative Stories”, invited lecture, UC Berkeley, German Department

2017

  • “Wilde Literatur und Anthropozän: Thoreau und Humboldt über den unnatürlichen Grund des Erlebnisses”, conference Die Rückkehr des Erlebnisses in die Geisteswissenschaften? – Diagnose und Geschichte, DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1767 Faktuales & Fiktionales Erzählen, Universität Freiburg
  • Seminar “Technologie: Readings in a Neglected Discipline”, Annual GSA Conference, Atlanta GA
  • “’Ausblick auf eine Theorie des Unverstands’ – Blumenberg’s Fable Hermeneutics”, panel “Hans Blumenberg’s Ambiguities”, Annual ACLA Meeting, Utrecht NL
  • “Die Widerständigkeit der Prosa”, Transatlantic Seminar, Universität Konstanz
  • “Inciting the People: On the Violence of Quoting Proverbs”, On Citation, 2nd Harvard-Brown-Yale Colloquium, Brown University

2016

  • Symbolic Everyday – Broch’s and Zweig’s Novellas”, conference Austrian Modernism and the Habsburg Myth, Yale University

2015

  • The Prose Act”, conference Speech unbound/ Ungebundene Rede: On prose and prosaics, Deutsches Haus, NYU
  • After the Ars Topica. The Here-and-Now of Prose in Kleist’s Über die allmähliche Verfertigung der Gedanken beim Reden”, paper at the panel “Brevity”, Annual GSA Conference, Washington DC
  • Real/Surreal Excess. The Scandal of Screening Melusine in Breton’s Nadja and Fontane’s Ellernklipp”, The Resurfacing of the Screen, A Humanity/Humanities-Initiative Conference, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University
  • The Renewal of Ars Topica in Grimmelshausen: On Microevents and the Beginning of Prose”, paper at the panel “Profane, Prosaic, Popular. Structures of ‘Pre-Critical’ Art and Literature”, Annual ACLA Meeting, Seattle
  • The Afterlife of Ars Topica”, Dissertation Project Presentation, German Department Colloquium, Yale University

2014

  • Surveillance and the Resacralization of the Everyday. The Novella as Critical Form”, paper at the panel “Observing Privacy: Implications of Surveillance”, Annual GSA Conference, Kansas City
  • The Agency of Small Forms: Gesture and Parable”, Mellon Work-in-Progress Colloquium, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University
  • The Idyll as Small Form (of Novelized Life). Herder, Lukács, Joyce”, paper at the seminar “Resisting the Idyll”, Annual ACLA Meeting, New York City

2013

  • Aby Warburg’s Archaeology of the Person”, NYU

2012

  • Baumgarten on Sinon, Lessing on Laocoön: Bella parrhesia Speaking Outside the Gates of Troy”, paper at the panel “Gotthold Ephraim Lessing and the Literary Imagination of the German Enlightenment”, Annual GSA Conference, Milwaukee, October 2012.
  • “‘…wer ihn nur recht beweinen koente.’ – Impossibilities of Genre and Affect in Gryphius’ Absurda Comica”, paper at the conference “Denkbilder – Thinking Images/Critical Eye”, Yale University, September 2012.
  • Blaming it on the Body. Karl Philipp Moritz’s Hypochondria and Walter Benjamin’s Scham”, Schuld: A Colloquium in German Studies, Northwestern University, May 2012.
  • The Potential Not to See the Clouds – Or: The Impossibility to Act While Facing the Skies. Aristophanes, Goethe, Celan”, paper at the seminar “Critical Climate Change: Turbulence and Chaos”, Annual ACLA Meeting, Providence, March 2012.
  • One’s Boredom and 1990s Pop Literature: Ellis, Kracht and Stuckrad-Barre”, The Global 1990s: Looking Back at the End of History, Yale University, January 2012.

2011

  • Kritisch-Werden eines körperlichen Phänomens: Die ‘Abwehrkräfte der Scham’ bei Walter Benjamin”, paper at the Biennial Conference of the International Walter Benjamin Society Schrift: Writing & Image-Character in the Work of Walter Benjamin, Princeton University, November 2011.
  • No Pragmatic Theory, but Acting Metaphorically: When We Need to Get from Reality to Possibility”, paper at the seminar “Pragmatist Poetics”, Annual ACLA Meeting, Vancouver, March 2011.

2010

  • Technik und Metaphorologie bei Hans Blumenberg”, Kulturhistorisches Kolloquium, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), January 2010.