Caesurae. Paul Celan’s Later Work | Zäsuren. Paul Celans Spätwerk

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November 12, 2019 to November 14, 2019
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Languages, Literature, Philosophy

On the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Paul Celan’s Visit to Israel

International Conference | November 12th-14th, 2019 |The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Organized by: Prof. Vivian Liska (University of Antwerp, Hebrew University), Dr. Chiara Caradonna (Hebrew University), Ass. Prof. Paweł Piszczatowski (University of Warsaw)

In collaboration with:

The Department of German Language and Literature at the Hebrew University
The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences
The Center for Literary Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German Literature and Cultural History
The Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem
Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp
Institute of German Studies, University of Warsaw
Österreichisches Kulturforum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

From September 30th until October 17th, 1969, the poet Paul Celan visited Israel for the first and only time. He was welcomed by old friends from his birthplace Czernowitz and read his poems both in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It was a profoundly significant journey that Celan, who had been living in exile in Paris since 1948, had meant to undertake for some time. Back in Paris, Celan wrote a dense series of poems reflecting the places, encounters and contradictions he experienced in Israel, especially in Jerusalem. The city became, as he wrote in a letter, a “turn, a caesura in my life”. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Paul Celan’s visit to Israel, renowned international scholars will gather at the Hebrew University to remember and reflect on this “caesura” and illuminate aspects of Celan’s later work, to which still little attention has been devoted.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Vivian Liska (University of Antwerp) – Greetings, Introduction

1st Panel: Of Biographies
Chair: Ynon Wygoda (MBSF, Hebrew University)

Bertrand Badiou (ENS, Paris) – Ilana, Israel oder die unmögliche Alija (30. September-17. Oktober 1969)
Bernd Witte (University of Düsseldorf) – Biographische oder kommentierende Interpretation. Celans Jerusalem-Gedichte neuerlich gelesen

2nd Panel: Poetry and Philosophy
Chair: Christian A. Wollin (MBSF, Hebrew University)

Agata Bielik-Robson (University of Nottingham | Polish Academy of Science) – Nehm ich dich auf, statt aller Ruhe. Madness of Language in Paul Celan’s Last Poems

Shira Wolosky (Hebrew University) – Art’s Time: Celan and Levinas Beyond Phenomenology

3nd Panel: Theoretical Approaches I
Chair: Benjamin Pollock (Hebrew University)

Thomas Schestag (Brown University) – -stehn
Sandro Zanetti (University of Zürich) – Anredsamkeit im Gedicht. Zum Du in Celans Spätwerk

4th Panel: Theoretical Approaches II
Chair: Michael Fisch (Hebrew University)

Paweł Piszczatowski (University of Warsaw) – Zur Archäologie des Gedenkens in Celans Spätwerk

Camilla Miglio (La Sapienza University, Rome) – Ort oder Raum? Jerusalem in Celans später Geo-poetologie

19:30 Opening Event @ Kleidman Hall, Cinematheque, Jerusalem

Documentary, by Thierry Valletoux
Wolfsbohne – From Czernowitz to Mychailivka

Soundwalk, by Chiara Caradonna and Ofer Waldman, with Hannelies Koloska, Yakir Paz, Galili Shahar
Ein Gehnsein. Celan’s Jerusalem in Sound, 1969-2019 (in German, in cooperation with DLF)

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

1st Panel: Encounters in Between Languages
Chair: Yoav Rinon

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi (Hebrew University) – Shlosha Paytanim: Paul Celan Meets Yehuda Amichai and Dan Pagis in Jerusalem

Asif Rahamim (Hebrew University) – “Mit der untrüglichen Spur”: Poetic Cartography in Paul Celan’s Jerusalem Gedichte

2nd Panel: Close Readings I
Chair: Yarden Ben-Zur (Tel Avivn University)

Michael Levine (Rutgers University) – The Place of the Shofar, the Event of its Blast

Adam Lipszyc (Polish Academy of Science) – Three Trumpets: on the Counter-theology of the Sound in Paul Celan 

3rd Panel: Close Readings II
Chair: Amir Engel (Hebrew University)

Galili Shahar (Tel Aviv University), Shy Abady (Tel Aviv) – صرخة الحمر Eselsschrei. The Un-heard: Celan's Visit in Jerusalem/AlQuds

Christine Ivanovic (University of Vienna) – Rebleute lesen. Celan’s Poetics of Reading

4th Panel: Of Translations
Chair: Jan Kühne (MBSF, Hebrew University)

Alexandra Richter (University of Rouen | Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin) – Celans späte Übersetzungen und Lektüren
Thomas C. Connolly (Yale) – “Moi, je suis dehors”: Paul Celan, David Rokeah, and the Problem of the Bilingual

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Last Panel: Of Time
Chair: Ilana Pardes (Hebrew University)

Paul North (Yale) – Time is a Word in Celan
Chiara Caradonna (MBSF, Hebrew University) – Celan’s Eternities

Walking tour to/through the Old City on Celan’s footsteps. Guided by Chiara Caradonna

Contact Info: 
Dr. Chiara Caradonna
Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
The Martin Buber Society of Fellows 
in the Humanities and Social Sciences 
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
Room 354, Mandel Building, 
Mount Scopus 9190501