Hans Magnus Enzensberger / Constellations

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April 26, 2017 to April 28, 2017
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, Literature, Intellectual History, Humanities


International Conference, Université de Liège, 26-28 April 2017

Hans Magnus Enzensberger is undoubtedly one of the most versatile German-speaking authors of his generation. He is a poet and an essayist, an editor of anthologies as well as of documentary volumes and magazines, a filmmaker, screenwriter and translator, a media theorist and historian. Including the texts published under changing pseudonyms, his work is as extensive as it is varied. The diversity of forms and genres, in which Enzensberger articulates his production, corresponds to a fundamentally exploratory way of working that questions concepts such as authenticity, authorship and forgery.

Such overlappings and relations produce constellations in Enzensberger’s work that the conference would like to explore: Beyond the usual categorizations based on genres or periods in the work, and even beyond the superficial logic of breaks and changes, which are unquestionably manifest in Enzensberger’s work, a variety of dynamic relationships can be detected: poetical, political, editorial, biographical constellations, etc. Two basic types of constellations can be distinguished:

1/ the constellations Enzensberger develops with other authors, theorists, philosophers, filmmakers etc. These constellations have different concrete forms: collaborative editorial activities, translations, membership in the Gruppe 47, correspondences, television shows and debates with his contemporaries (Uwe Johnson, Alexander Kluge, Hannah Arendt or Peter Weiss) or references to such diverse authors as Adorno, Marx, Diderot, Montaigne, or Alexander von Humboldt.

2/ the constellations that can be observed in Enzensberger’s work. At first sight it might seem that this oeuvre is marked by precise temporal and spatial conditions (some keywords would be: the post-war period, the year 1967 in Berlin, the triumphal march of modern communication and information technologies), but upon closer examination his work is determined by aspects that traverse these conditions: writing and literacy, politics and violence, history and murder among others. Beyond research paths oriented towards a periodization of the work, these recurring constellations establish new transversal relations between the literary and audiovisual productions of Enzensberger.

In contrast to traditional approaches that analyze texts and audiovisual productions by exploring their conditions (literary trends, genres, eras, places, and events), the conference would like to propose considering Enzensberger work as a centrifugal complex in order to unfold the artistic and political potential of his works.


26/04/2017 Université de Liège, place du XX Août, Salle des professeurs

François Provenzano (ARC – GENACH)

Keynote Address 1
Henning Marmulla (Institut Pierre Werner/Europäisches Kulturinstitut)
Enzensberger on/and/after Cuba

Panel 1 : (Auto-)biographies
Moderator: Céline Letawe

Ales Urvalek (University Masaryk of Brno)
H.M. Enzensbergers Tumult (2014) und Peter Schneiders Rebellion und Wahn (2008) im Spannungsfeld der Generationssemantiken

Jan Bürger (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach)
Titanic und Tumult – Hans Magnus Enzensbergers autobiografische Spiele

12:30 Lunch

Panel 2 : German Writings
Moderator: Valérie Leyh

Tobias Amslinger (ETH Zürich)
Hans Magnus Enzensberger als internationaler Scout für den Suhrkamp Verlag

Meike G. Werner (Vanderbilt University)
Von der Weltsprache der Poesie zur Landessprache. Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s Museum der modernen Poesie

15:30 Coffee break

Vera Viehöver (Université de Liège)
Hans Magnus Enzensberger und die jüngere deutsche Lyrikszene. Welche Konstellation(en) ?

Geoffrey Geuens (Université de Liège)
« Douce et monstrueuse » : la critique de l’Union Européenne chez H. M. Enzensberger

Poster (Master students German Literature)
Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Nelly Sachs – a constellation.
Virtual exhibition

Screening: Früchte des Vertrauens (o.v. Fr. subt., A. Kluge, 2009) – Cinema Churchill, Liège

27/04/2017, Université de Liège, place du XX Août, Salle Lumière

Keynote Address 2
Alasdair King (Queen Mary University of London)
Systemrelevant: Enzensberger's financial crisis

Panel 3: Media and communication
Moderator: Jeremy Hamers

Roger Bautier (Université Paris 13)
Enzensberger et la sociologie politique des moyens de communication

Caroline Glorie (Université de Liège)
Une ou deux institutions méconnaissables ?

Mark Potocnik (Université de Liège)
Enzensberger’s Media Poetry

13:15 Lunch

Panel 4: Translations and transfers
Moderator: Vera Viehöver

Céline Letawe (Université de Liège)
« Un philosophe allemand »? Transfert et réception de Hans Magnus Enzensberger dans la sphère francophone

Michael Ludwigs (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Zur semantisch-pragmatischen Intertextualität Enzensbergers mit William Carlos Williams

Dirk Weissmann (Université Paris-Est)
Enzensberger autotraducteur. Der Untergang der Titanic en anglais.

16:45 Coffee break

Claus Telge (Osaka University)
Übersetzen als Entharmonisierungsstrategie: Hans Magnus Enzensbergers poésie impure

Karol Sauerland (University of Warsaw)
Ein älterer Herr mit dem Gesicht eines Gelehrten entpuppt sich. Zu Enzensbergers Polenreise

28/04/2017, Université de Liège, place du XX Août, Salle des professeurs

Keynote Address 3
Richard Langston (University of North Carolina at Chapell Hill)
Novel Lessons in Microeconomics: Enzensberger’s Critique of Unpure Reason

Panel 5 : Shipwrecks and reviews
Moderator: Christoph Brüll

Alena Diedrich (Universität Paderborn)
Ironische Konstellationen in Hans Magnus Enzensbergers Der Untergang der Titanic

Sandy Valerie Lunau (Universität Mainz)
In einem Boot mit Dante, Lenin und Gordon Pym. Geschichtliche, politische und kulturelle Konstellationen in Der Untergang der Titanic

12:30 Lunch

Panel 6: Critical theories
Moderator: Antoine Janvier

Grégory Cormann and Jeremy Hamers (Université de Liège)
Amok. Au-delà du diagnostic: les perdants radicaux de H.M. Enzensberger

Andrea Cavazzini (GRM)
Du bon usage de l’ennemi. Industrie culturelle et stratégie politique dans les années 60–70

Igor Krtolica (Université de Liège)
Enzensberger ou la dissolution du concept de culture

16:15 Coffee break

Keynote Address 4:
Carte blanche à Laurent Guido (Université Lille 3)
Cinéma et mythes « populaires » (Adorno, Bloch, Enzensberger)

20 :00
David Murgia lit Enzensberger
Public reading – Bookshop Livre aux trésors, Liège

Scientific Committee:
Grégory Cormann, Caroline Glorie, Jeremy Hamers, Céline Letawe, Mark Potocnik, Hubert Roland, Vera Viehöver

This conference is organized with the support of:
Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS)
Goethe-Institut Brüssel 

Contact Info: 

Vera Viehöver,
Université de Liège
Dép. de Langues et Lettres modernes
Littérature allemande
place Cockerill, 3-5
B - 4000 Liège

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