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Cornell Lecture on Contemporary Aesthetics

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The Institute for German Cultural Studies was especially pleased to initiate its artist-in-residence program in 2003 under the directorship of Peter Hohendahl. Visitors to date include Oswald Egger, Stefan Beuse, Monika Treut, Holger Teschke, Christine Rinderknecht, Yoko Tawada, Heiner Goebbels, Hans Christoph Buch, Barbara Köhler, Ulrich Peltzer, and Kathrin Röggla. We look forward to hosting additional visitors in the future. Visiting artists present their own work, conduct compact seminars on related subjects, and interact with students and other members of the Cornell community in a variety of other ways. Beginning in 2008, the IGCS has also invited visiting artists to present new critical reflections on contemporary aesthetics from their particular artistic perspectives.

Christine Rinderknecht inaugurated this lecture series in 2008 with creative and thoughtful commentary on literary fiction and natural catastrophe, and Yoko Tawada continued it in 2009 with multilingual reflections on letters, ideograms, alphabets, and other writing systems in modern literature. In 2010 Heiner Goebbels addressed an interdisciplinary audience on the aesthetics of absence in performing arts. In 2011 Hans Christoph Buch presented oral remarks on the multifaceted significance of Haiti for German literary culture and world literature; the author’s written reflections on his aesthetics of “non-identity” appear here for the first time. In 2013 Barbara Köhler presented her conceptual poetics of relationality in motion as performative tour de force and written lecture too; both versions are available on the IGCS Website. In 2015 Ulrich Peltzer analyzed the sophisticated interplay of reading and writing in contemporary aesthetics, and in 2016 Kathrin Röggla inspired us to contemplate the entangled futurities of literature and capital in the age of globalization.

Lectures in this IGCS series on contemporary aesthetics are published in the IGCS newsletter (German Culture News) and can be electronically accessed through both the IGCS Website and Cornell University’s e-repository. The IGCS is pleased to make video recordings of our most recent aesthetics lectures available online as well. Individual artists retain the copyright to their work in all forms.

Artist in Residence, April 16-27, 2018

  • Clemens J. Setz
  • Cornell Lecture on Contemporary Aesthetics (25 April 2018): "Frühe und späte Spiele. Von Samuel Delany zu Jason Rohrer"

Artist in Residence, Aug. 26-Sept. 8, 2016

  • Kathrin Röggla
  • Cornell Lecture on Contemporary Aesthetics (6 September 2016): “Literatur und Zukunft, Literatur als Stoff des Zukünftigen”

Artist in Residence, April 1-19, 2015

  • Ulrich Peltzer
  • Cornell Lecture on Contemporary Aesthetics (16 April 2015): “Lesend Schreiben”

Artist in Residence, April 1-19, 2013

Artist in Residence, September 5-22, 2011

Artist in Residence, March 7-17, 2010

Writer in Residence, March 23-April 11, 2009

Writer in Residence, April 6-April 27, 2008