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Lecture series

Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin, by far the most internationally renowned graduate of the liberal arts at the University of Bern, received his doctorate one hundred years ago with a dissertation on the concept of art criticism in German Romanticism. On the occasion of the anniversary, the Collegium generale will focus on Benjamin as a versatile comparatist, cultural critic, and philosopher of history and media. Through the beginnings in Bern, the lecture series will explore the exile of the Jewish German scholar and reflect on his work on Robert Walser. The series will also discuss Benjamin’s relevance today, as a writer of the modern metropolis, as a political thinker, and as a witness to the catastrophe. 

Program committee 

  • Prof. Dr. Luca Di Blasi, Institute of Systematic Theology
  • Prof. Dr. Anselm Gerhard, Institute of Musicology
  • Dr. Ariane Lorke, Walter Benjamin Kolleg
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Lubrich, Institute of German Literature
  • Prof. em. Dr. Ruth Meyer-Schweizer, Institute of Sociology
  • Sara Bloch, Collegium generale

Program in German only (PDF, 668KB)

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