Law’s Pluralities – Cultures:Narratives:Images:Genders /// Pluralitäten des Gesetzes – Kulturen:Narrative:Bilder:Genders
6-8 May 2015: Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
In May 2015 the conference and exhibition “Law’s Pluralities” will take place at Justus Liebig University Giessen/Germany. In a series of keynote presentations by experts and in panel sessions and discussions, as well as in an exhibition it will explore cultural constructions of law. We invite academic contributions in the conference languages English and German. See the Law’s Pluralities Call for Papers.
The event is organized at Justus Liebig University Giessen by the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in cooperation with the Department of English, the Rudolf-von-Jhering Institute, and in cooperation with the Neue Giessener Kunstverein.
You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition “Techniques of Remembering & Forgetting/ Techniken des Erinnerns & Vergessens” June 25, 2014 – July 27, 2014 at the exhibition space of the University Library, Justus Liebig University Giessen.
Vernissage: Wednesday, June 25th: 6 pm Opening, 7 pm Documentary Screening: „Szukajac Emila – Looking for Emil“
Read a review of the exhibition
The exhibition is a collaborative project of the Research Areas “Cultural Memory Studies” & “Visual and Material Culture Studies” of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) and will be shown in the University Library (Otto-Behaghel-Straße 8, 35394 Gießen). For the opening on June 25th you are invited to a vernissage beginning at 6 pm hosted by GCSC and the University Library. Immediately following the launch party, the documentary „Szukajac Emila – Looking for Emil“ will be screened. The documentary, prepared by filmmakers Angelika Laumer and Itamar Lerner problematizes forced labour in Bavaria under National Socialism.
In der Gießener Universitätsbibliothek (UB) ist ab dem 25. Juni 2014 die Ausstellung „Techniques of Remembering & Forgetting / Techniken des Erinnerns und & Vergessens“ zu sehen. Die Ausstellung ist ein Kooperationsprojekt der Research Areas “Cultural Memory Studies” & “Visual and Material Culture Studies” des International Graduate Centre for the Study of Cultures (GCSC) der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. Zur Ausstellungseröffnung am 25. Juni 2014, um 18.00 Uhr laden das GCSC und die UB ein (Ausstellungsraum der Universitätsbibliothek Gießen, Otto-Behaghel-Straße 8, 35394 Gießen). Im Anschluss an die Eröffnungsfeier wird der Dokumentarfilm „Szukajac Emila – Looking for Emil“ von den Filmemachern Angelika Laumer und Itamar Lerner gezeigt, der die Erinnerung an NS-Zwangsarbeit in Bayern problematisiert.
Curating Culture: How to Communicate “The Whole Earth”: Lecture and Open Forum with Anselm Franke (HKW Berlin) Fred Turner (Stanford University), Vera Fischer (GCSC Giessen)
11.06.2014, 18.00, Alte Kupferschmiede, Tiefenweg 9, 35390 Giessen – GCSC event organized by Vera Fischer & RA4 (GCSC)
The field of Science Communication is a central topic in the study of culture. Questions appear, such as: how can scientific issues be brought into the public discourse?; Which methods could provide access to the complexity of scientific contents. Curating Culture: How to Communicate the “Whole Earth“ addresses the field of Science Communication with a closer view on exhibition practices and curation. Fred Turner (Stanford University) will give a lecture drawing on essential links between cold war exhibition practices and the psychedelic counterculture and set the stage for discussing present practices of curation in the open forum together with the curator Anselm Franke (Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin), chair: Vera Fischer (GCSC, Giessen).
International Conference „States of Exceptionalism: Globalization, Difference, Power“
Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Alexander-von-Humboldt-Haus, Rathenaustraße 24A, 35394 Giessen
While the contemporary world is increasingly characterized by conflict and crisis, challenging imagined geographies and geopolitical patterns formerly regarded as stable, exceptional identity positions seem to gain ground. As the world globalizes, a growing need to construct the Self as special, superior, unique and exceptional seems to emerge. Nations, countries, regions and cities as well as social groups claiming to be exceptional, obviously follow a mission. They use their alleged superiority, be it of an economic, a power-related or an imagined ethical and moral kind, to supply the other parts of the world with strategies of good governance and exemplary models.
With this conference we take a closer look at the emerging term in order to compare and discuss how it is conceptualized and utilized in different places and contexts. Weiterlesen
„Identifying Identity? Identification and Typification in 19th Century and the Formation of 21st Century Identities.“
Presentation at the conference „W(h)ither Identity – Positioning the Self and Transforming the Social“ at the GCSC, Giessen University.
21.11.2013 18.00 Lecture: John Hutnyk in the „grenzlinien“ exhibition, university library, Giessen
John Hutnyk (Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London) takes up the controversy arising in relation to the music video „Born Free“ (2010) by the British artist and musician Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam, M.I.A.
See a video of the talk here.