|Feminism, Modernism and Resistance to Empire in Ukraine||Panels and Discussions||Katherine YoungerUilleam BlackerTamara Hundorova||I want to attend physically||
Tamara Hundorova and Uilleam Blacker will discuss the work of Lesia Ukrainka (Larysa Kosach, 1871-1913), a Ukrainian modernist, feminist and anti-colonial thinker, in the context of Russia’s war in Ukraine and the move towards decolonizing the study of Russia and Eastern Europe. Lesia Ukrainka is a canonical figure in Ukraine, known for her fiery poems opposing Russian colonial rule in Ukraine and praising freedom. Her most accomplished works were her dramas, however, which transform stories and myths drawn from European and world culture into feminist and anti-imperial allegories: these with their focus on imperial violence, the importance of freedom and the twisting of truth, have much to teach us today.
|Civilisations, Barbarity, Conquest, Legitimacy and Crimes of War||Lecture||John DunnMisha Glenny||I want to attend physically||
The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February of this year has cast a glaring new light on a very old but ever more urgent question. John Dunn asks, if there are any terms on which the human population of the world could still hope to live with one another in peace and personal freedom into a future of many generations? Could we still create together a modus vivendi of real duration? We know now, as we did not yet know in the year 1940, in which John Dunn was born, that any future generational horizon is in ever starker jeopardy because of the colossal and ever less controllable harm we are inflicting as a species on our global habitat. We know, as we could have known in much of Europe for at least three centuries, that the world was then, as it mercilessly remains, a vast distance from realising those terms and that it could not in principle realise them at all rapidly. We still have only a tiny repertoire of forms through which to try to act collectively on any scale: international agencies, civilisations, states, peoples (or, if you prefer, nations) – each of doubtful efficacy and eminently questionable legitimacy. Which of these forms could still take how much of the strain and how and why could war still feature as anything but grounds for despair within that ever more desperate struggle? We have never had any clear idea of how the world could be made a just world for its human inhabitants. Do we still have any rational horizon for collective hope over time?
|War and the Fate of Europe in Patočka’s Heretical Essays||Lecture||Katerina KociDavid Dusenbury||I want to attend||
Speakers: Katerina KociDavid Dusenbury
Despite the effort not to repeat the mistakes and atrocities of the previous generations, the twenty-first century continues to be a century of wars and suffering. In these lectures, David Dusenbury and James Dodd will reflect on Patočka’s and Derrida’s phenomenological analysis of self-sacrifice as a form of resistance in extreme situations of oppression (war or repression of authoritarian/totalitarian regimes).
|Philosophy, Sacrifice, and War: Problems and Ambiguities||Lecture||James DoddLudger Hagedorn||I want to attend||
James Dodd seeks to explore the limits of a philosophical approach to the twin problems of war and sacrifice. Is something like a true “philosophy of war”—understood as a coherent system of ideas, or a clearly articulated theoretical posture adequate to fully addressing the enduring challenges of war on a properly philosophical register—at all possible? In turn, can philosophy offer a cogent analysis of the phenomenon of sacrifice, one that captures both its paradoxical character and spiritual resonance? The suggestion will be that where the two seem to fundamentally merge—when war calls for sacrifice, and sacrifice calls for war, each seeming to provide the meaning for the other—we trip on the limits of philosophy in a way that the very sense of its vocation becomes clear.
|Decolonial Desires: Thinking through Discipline and Difference||Seminars and Colloquia||Saurabh DubeSaurabh Dube||
Speakers: Saurabh DubeSaurabh Dube
Series: Seminars and Colloquia
|Sprache Macht Politik||Panels and Discussions||Ludger HagedornNelia VakhovskaThomas Weiler, Iryna Herasimovich, Sława Lisiecka, Ursula Ebel, Manfred Müller||
Speakers: Ludger HagedornNelia VakhovskaThomas Weiler, Iryna Herasimovich, Sława Lisiecka, Ursula Ebel, Manfred Müller
Series: Panels and Discussions
Die Zusammenhänge von Sprache, Macht und Politik sind wieder allgegenwärtig. Vor dem Hintergrund des Krieges in der Ukraine gewinnen Lüge und/oder Authentizität der Sprache eine lang vergessene Dringlichkeit. Dieser Jubiläums-Abend der ÖGfL und des IWM wird sich den Zusammenhängen von Sprache und Krieg, Übersetzung und politischer Einflussnahme widmen und erläutern, welch herausragende Bedeutung in Zeiten von Krieg und Propaganda gerade die Übersetzer*innen haben.