06/11-06/12/2013, International Conference: “Politik der Kritik. Ideologie Geschichte und Akteure der Literaturkritik [Politics of critique. Ideology, History and actors of literary criticism]“, Potsdam

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International Conference organized by Sergio Ugalde Quintana (UNAM, Universität Potsdam) and Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam), supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Time and Place

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Haus 8, Foyerräume (0.60/0.61)

Universität Potsdam
Campus am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam

06/11-06/12/2013, International Conference: "Politik der Kritik. Ideologie Geschichte und Akteure der Literaturkritik [Politics of critique. Ideology, History and actors of literary criticism]", Potsdam

06/11-06/12/2013, International Conference: “Politik der Kritik. Ideologie Geschichte und Akteure der Literaturkritik [Politics of critique. Ideology, History and actors of literary criticism]“, Potsdam

Program (in Spanisch/German)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

9:30 Begrüßung – Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam) und Sergio Ugalde (UNAM/Universität Potsdam)

9:45-11:15 Keynote – Luiz Costa Lima (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro): “Starting from scratch or Commençons à zero” Continue reading

Event Ticker: the authors of the book series “mimesis” (De Gruyter) present their recent publications in Berlin

06/19/2012
(Ticker by Tobias Kraft)

The evening's panel (from left to right): Albrecht Buschmann, Gesine Müller, Anne Kraume, Ottmar Ette, Frank Hahn, Anke Birkenmaier, Jenny Haase

The evening's panel (from left to right): Albrecht Buschmann, Gesine Müller, Anne Kraume, Ottmar Ette, Frank Hahn, Anke Birkenmaier, Jenny Haase

6:30 p.m. – Frank Hahn, director of the Berlin based cultural association Spree-Athen e.V., inaugurates the evening with reflections on the mimesis book series and its underlying concept.

6:45 p.m. – In his opening comments, the series’ editor Ottmar Ette (Potsdam) reviews the the past decades as a time of memoir discourse, which has been dominating both the artistic production and the theoretical thinking in the humanities.

Today, as Ette argues, literary and cultural studies have gone through a paradigm shift from memoir to knowledge. What is it that literature knows, about man, about cultures, about models and practices of life and conviviality (Zusammenleben)? What is it, ultimately, that literature knows about our lives?

As Ette points out, the subtitle of the series „Romanische Literaturen der Welt“ aims at pluralizing the literary canon in the tradition of Erich Auerbach’s concept of world literature. While Auerbach’s famous study Mimesis focused on models of representing »reality«, the life-centered focus of this series aims at analyzing representations of „lived realities“. These „lived realities“ are examined as models of conviviality in different periods of accelerated globalization. Hence, literatures studied in the mimesis book series are characterized by their prospect as global discourse and their capacity to highlight cultural „polylogics“ (Ette), both in its temporal and spatial unfolding.

7:15 p.m. – Gesine Müller (Potsdam) presents her book on Die koloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen [The Colonial Caribbean. Literary and Cultural Transfer in Hispanic and Francophone Literature] (2012). In her opening remarks, Müller highlights the productivity of 19th century Caribbean literature and their vivid conscience of processes of globalization. Juxtaposed with 20th century discourses on cultural theory and „multiple modernities“, the Caribbean presents itself as a complex (trans)area, continuously negotiating (post)colonial structures and conflicts. The focus of this book is set on the dynamics of cultural transfer in the „long“ 19th century, starting with the French Revolution 1789 and ending 1888 with the abolition of slavery in the colonized West. Continue reading

06/19/2012: members of POINTS present recent books of the “mimesis” series (De Gruyter)

June 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstraße 23, Berlin-Charlottenburg

»Kaleidoskop der Erinnerung / Kaleidoskop der Zukunft«
Presenting the Books Series mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt (De Gruyter)

Short presentations and panel discussion with Ottmar Ette and selected authors of the book series, including Anke Birkenmaier, Albrecht Buschmann, Jenny Haase, Anne Kraume and Gesine Müller. »Kaleidoskop der Erinnerung / Kaleidoskop der Zukunft« is an event in cooperation with »Spree-Athen«.

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On the book series mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt

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On Spree-Athen e.V.

Book: Birkenmaier, Anke: “Versionen Montezumas Lateinamerika in der historischen Imagination des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit dem vollständigen Manuskript von Oswald Spenglers ‘Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel’ (1897)”, deGruyter 2011.

Book Details

Book: Birkenmaier, Anke: "Versionen Montezumas Lateinamerika in der historischen Imagination des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit dem vollständigen Manuskript von Oswald Spenglers 'Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel' (1897)", deGruyter 2011.

Book: Birkenmaier, Anke: "Versionen Montezumas Lateinamerika in der historischen Imagination des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit dem vollständigen Manuskript von Oswald Spenglers 'Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel' (1897)", deGruyter 2011.

Birkenmaier, Anke: Versionen Montezumas. Lateinamerika in der historischen Imagination des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit dem vollständigen Manuskript von Oswald Spenglers “Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel” (1897). [Versions of Montezuma]. Berlin, New York: deGruyter (mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt, Vol. 52) 2011 [199 p.]

Content

The cultural philosopher Oswald Spengler was the first universal historian of the 20th century. His work The Decline of the West was devoted to analyzing eight “high cultures” ‑ the Classical and Western, the Indian, Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, Arab and Mexican cultures (although Mexican culture was only touched on briefly). Spengler’s as yet unpublished literary debut Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel [Montezuma. A Tragedy] (1897) sheds new light on Spengler’s interest in old Mexico, the country that paradoxically became the exception and the first cornerstone of his cultural morphology. Continue reading