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The Lecture

A Symposium on the Destinies of an Academic Genre

Jun 27-28, 2014
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The lecture, a traditional academic genre, is everywhere today. There are network-based MOOCs and courses on iTunesU, ostentatiously named lecture repositories such as the World Lecture Project and Academic Earth, and brassy TED talks. A discursive practice, it seems, is breaking free from the university, a genre uncouples from its institutions. But what characterizes the highly impure and yet remarkably robust form of the lecture in the first place? Having emerged before Gutenberg at the interface of speech and writing and to this day navigating an intermediary stance between them, the lecture maintains a hybrid form involving different visual media, as well, such as the chalk board, the dual slide projection, or today’s presentation softwares. Finally, however “massively open” it claims to be, the rhetorical devices with which the lecture constitutes its varying audiences call for further analysis. Focusing on this surprisingly resilient format, our symposium addressed topics such as the relation between the lecture and the future(s) of the university; the literary potentials of the lecture; its kinship with theatre and performance; as well as its role in constructing a so-called “wider public sphere.”   

Talks by 
Remigius Bunia
Marcus Coelen
Christopher Fynsk
Marie Gil
Judith Kasper
Thomas Meinecke
Nikolaus Müller-Schöll
Barbara Natalie Nagel
Jakob Norberg 
Arnd Wedemeyer

Keynotes by Christopher Fynsk and Thomas Meinecke

Organized by Jakob Norberg, Marcus Coelen, and Arnd Wedemeyer


Friday, 27 June 2014

16:00 Jakob Norberg (Berlin/Durham): Welcome and Introduction. The Lecture and the Public

16:30 Judith Kasper (Munich): Philology as Gleanings

17:15 Remigius Bunia (Berlin): Death by Seminar. Undermining the Lecture in the Humanities

18:00 Coffee break

18:30 Christopher Fynsk (Aberdeen): The Transformative Lecture

Saturday, 28 June 2014

11:00 Marcus Coelen (Berlin): Handverlesung – Fragments on Freud

11:45 Barbara Natalie Nagel (Munich): “[T]he wrong lecture.” On Vorlesung, Vorstellung, and Anschauung in Nabokov

12:30 Lunch break

14:30 Arnd Wedemeyer (Berlin): Terror in the Lecture Hall. 1977 and Its Running Commentaries

15:15 Marie Gil (Paris): How to Live? Barthes’s Seminars and Lecture Courses

16:00 Coffee break

16:30 Nikolaus Müller-Schöll (Frankfurt): Derridas Theater (In German)

17:15 Coffee break

17:30 Thomas Meinecke (Berg): Poetik-Vorlesung (In German)

18:45 Concluding Discussion

19:30 Dinner with conference participants

Programme (PDF)

This symposium has been generously supported by the Dahlem Humanities Center of the Freie Universität Berlin, the VolkswagenStiftung, and the ICI Berlin.

Time: 27-28 June 2014
ICI Berlin
In English

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