The Sirens Go Silent (Day Three)

A Commemorative Colloquium for Freidrich Kittler

Saturday 16 March, 2013
9:30pm, $0

New York University, Deutsches Haus
42 Washington Mews

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9:30am-12:30pm

Session 3:
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, What was Kittler's Media Theory?
Hans-Christian von Herrmann, Media Culture: Bildung in the Age of Information (M. McLuhan - J.-F. Lyotard - F. Kittler) 
Bernhard Dotzler, Idiotie, Vergessen, Gestrigkeit: Friedrich A. Kittlers Avantgardismus


2:00pm-5:00pm: Session 4:


Antje Pfannkuchen, A Return to Kittler: Romanticism and Writing 
Ben Kafka, The Meaning of the Meaningless
Thomas Pepper, Friedrich Kittler's (Ver)stimmungen

8:00pm-1:00am

Party with William Rauscher (DJ) at the Wyoming Building 
(5 E. 3rd Street, at Bowery) hosted by the Goethe-Institut New York

A famous and iconic German thinker, Friedrich Kittler passed away in 2011 in Berlin. Some of the obituaries have stated that the German university has lost its last great figure. It is no exaggeration that Friedrich Kittler has singlehandedly revolutionized the humanities. When he declared "The Expulsion of Spirit from the Humanities" ("Die Austreibung des Geistes aus den Geisteswissenschaften") in one of his early essays, he paved the way for technology and media to enter the study of literature, art, and philosophical thought. A trained philologist and literary scholar, he founded the discipline now known as "Media Theory" and he has contributed significantly to create scientific and humanistic inroads in a number of areas of critical theory and thought. Beyond his exemplary contribution to the thinking organized around technology, scientific inquiry, and medial innovation, Friedrich Kittler always also remained a prolific and subtle literary critic, who inspired students on both sides of the Atlantic with his teaching and his books, many of which have been translated into numerous languages and are taught and studied as essential texts of the Humanities.

With this commemorative colloquium, we will honor the work and person of Friedrich Kittler and will celebrate his intellectual legacy together with many outstanding scholars, performers, writers, technobodies--including disciples, students, colleagues, friends, companion spirits--of Friedrich Kittler.

 
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