Monthly Archive: June 2015


Write your own legend (II): Elfriede Jelinek at work

I couldn’t repress to parallelize this blogpost with the former one, be it only for the irony of it. As a matter of fact, it really sounds at first like a contradiction in terms to compare the strategies of a tycoon who reigned over literary destinies and their wallet for centuries and those of a literature Nobel prize known for her will to sever ties with capitalism. But the presentations I attended yesterday have made the parallels between both models more blatant than I ever figured they could be.


Write your own legend: Siegfried Unseld at work

Today, I had the pleasure to host a guest lecture by Anna Kinder in my class. She has been coordinating the Suhrkamp-Forschungskolleg for several years. No one could better than her give an overview of the development of Suhrkamp (a major publishing house when it comes to literary texts), as well as of the relationships of its director with well-knonw post-WW2 writers. I took a particular pleasure in seeing all the little pieces of the puzzle I have been putting together tediously for the late 18th to early 20th century since the beginning of this term come to achieve such a complete picture. The completeness of the...


Juno at the core

The conference on Henriette Herz ended today in the Mendelssohn-Remise, a location situated opposite the Academy of Sciences and only two houses away from the place where Rahel Levin received her friends. The city center of Berlin is full of historical places, especially around the Gendarmenmarkt, which is unanimously praised in guidebooks as “the most beautiful plazza in Berlin”. But even there, it is seldom given to walk in the footsteps of one’s research objects like we literally did over the days of this conference.


The State of Conversation

During the #dhiha6 conference, we tried out different formats in order to foster exchanges. One of them were the Lounges, which I mentioned in an earlier post. In the lounges, participants could actively contribute to predetermined setups by commenting texts, answering questions, letting ideas emerge. This setting was interesting in that it allowed the participants to move from one lounge to another, to stay longer in one and less in another, to smell the atmosphere and move on or sit on a couch for half an hour. In the lounges, the participants turned into Parisian flâneurs.


Open Peer Review Lounge still Open for Peer Review (bring your own Lounge)

At the #dhiha6 conference, I was in charge of the Open Peer Review Lounge together with Pierre Mounier. We had transfered all the blog posts written in the context of the #dhiha6 blog carnival to the Open Peer Review blog platform and opened them to comments. The visitors could sit at a computer and leave comments on the blog posts. You can find them under the URL: