In Terms of Exclusion Thinking the Barbarian Then and Today

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International Workshop
May 30, 2018 | Room 4.A05
Faculty of Cultural and Social Science, University of Lucerne

There is a grammar in discourse that constitutes categories of evil, establishing the impossibility of recognition and excluding the other from every moral consideration. In this encounter, we will take on the barbarian as a model of this grammar of oppression that articulates our norms of “recognizability”, to ask who is the barbarian today and how can this category help us to understand the way in which the human and the inhuman is produced.

9:30-10:00 Opening: Christine Abbt and Leire Urricelqui
10:00-11:00 Markus Winkler (Geneva), “‘Barbarian’: towards the Critical History and Aesthetic Exploration of a Fashionable Slogan and Enemy-Concept”
Coffee break
11:30-12:30 Simon Weber (Bonn), “The Barbarians as Slaves by Nature. Aristotle on the Moral Status of Non-Greeks”
12:30-14:00 Lunch in Quai 4
14:00-15:00 Steve Howe (Lucerne), “In/Humanity. Figures of
Enmity Around 1800”
15:00-16:00 Ángela Sierra González (La Laguna), “Barbarians,
Wild and Civilized. From Classical Greece to Present
Coffee break
16:30-17:00 Final discussion

Leire Urricelqui
Christine Abbt
Daniela Herzog
SNF-Förderungsprofessur Philosophie