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Space Control 8:
American Narratives II

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
in conversation with
Joseph Vogl

Saturday, 18. November 2006,
9.00 - 11.00pm, HAU1

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht and Joseph Vogl, Photo by Thomas Aurin

If you want to learn something about the US, a better conversation partner than Hans Ulrich “Sepp” Gumbrecht can hardly be imagined. He combines attention to the small and local with knowledge of global interrelations. In his scholarly work as professor of Romance Languages and Comparative Literature at Stanford University as well as a commentator in magazines and newspapers such as Merkur, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung und Neue Züricher Zeitung he has time and again connected scholarship with reflections on contemporary culture and political analysis.

The conversation with Joseph Vogl will concentrate on two major themes. On the one hand, on the elementary stations of life in the US, on the lived experiences in sports, schools, universities, race- and gender-relations, on the experiences of everyday culture. On the other hand, on the histories and dramas which have so massively changed transatlantic relations, on the phenomena of religious fundamentalism in the US and political stagnation in Germany, on the war in Iraq and the ‘war against terror’.

Joseph Vogl and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Photo by Thomas Aurin

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht studied German and Romance language and literature studies, sociology and philosophy. At the age of 26, he became a professor in Bochum. Since 1989 he has been lecturing Comparative Literature Studies at Stanford University and has become a fervently confessing American.

Joseph Vogl has been Professor for New German Literature at the HU Berlin since April 2006 and has translated a number of key works of the newer generation of French philosophers (Gilles Deleuze, J.-F. Lyotard, C. Lévi-Strauss et al.).

on the left Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, on the right Joseph Vogl

The conversation took place parallel to the Blackmarket and was transmitted medially (video and audio). A project for the archive: "Narratives about Places, Cities and Territories"by tuliphouse.de Funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes

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