KONF: Between Passion and Profession: Idioms, Performances and Institutions of Critique, Frankfurt (15.-17.11.2018)

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International Conference

Between Passion and Profession: Idioms, Performances and Institutions of Critique

15.-17.11.2018, Goethe University of Frankfurt

IG Farben Haus 1.314 (Eisenhower Saal)

no registration necessary


Thursday, November 15th, 2018


9:45  Registration, Tea and Coffee


10:00 Opening remarks


Panel 1 – Institutions

Chair: Melissa Schuh (Goethe University Frankfurt)


10:30  Nicola Glaubitz (Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel): Code switching as critical practice. Thoughts on the narratives and the institutional logic of (post)critique.


11:30 Tea and Coffee break


12:00 Julika Griem (KWI, Essen): Masters of Cool Flatness: Critiques of Critique in Novels of J.M. Coetzee, Tom McCarthy and China Miéville


13:00  Lunch


Panel 2 – Critique and the contemporary

Chair: Laura McAleese (Goethe University Frankfurt)


14:30 Julie Tanner (Queen Mary University of London): Between seduction and suspicion: Critique as a feature of contemporary fiction


15:30 Break (room changes for workshops)


16:00 Workshop (three concurrent talks) – Blind Spots of Postcritique


Workshop 1  

Chair: Miriam Zeh (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Maren Scheurer (Goethe University Frankfurt): Passionate Analysis? Re-Reading the Hermeneutics of Suspicion


Workshop 2

Chair: Alexandru Bulucz (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Johannes von Moltke (University of Michigan): After Crrritique: Critical Theory in a Postcritical Age


Workshop 3

Chair: Melissa Schuh (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Clive Barnett (University of Exeter): Debunking Critique


17:30 Tea and Coffee Break


18:00  Keynote – Rita Felski (University of Virginia | University of Southern Denmark)
Chair: Melissa Schuh (Goethe University Frankfurt)

 Hooked: Art, Attachment, Academia


20:00 Conference Dinner


Friday, November 16th, 2018


9:45 Tea and Coffee


Panel 3 – Affects: Hate, Confusion and Depression

Chair: Andreas Bülhoff (Goethe University Frankfurt)


10:00  Sarah Garrigan (Tufts University): Confusion as Critical Practice


11:00  Jan Wilm (KWI, Essen): The Critique of Hatred


12:00  Tea and Coffee break


12:30  Sara Heristchi (Goethe University Frankfurt): Critique and Depression in Academic Memoirs


13:30  Lunch


Panel 4 – Critique and empirical research

Chair: Kevin Kempke (Goethe University Frankfurt)


15:00  Lotta Bergman, Erik Karlsson, and Magnus Persson (Malmö University): Critical Reading and Ordinary Reading – Within and Beyond the Academy


16:00  Tea and Coffee break


16:30  Kristina Petzold (Literaturinstitut Hildesheim): Institution of Confusion? On the Process of ‘Deinstitutionalization’ in Digital Literary Criticism


19:00  Informal Dinner


Saturday, November 17th 2018


9:45  Tea and Coffee


Panel 5 – On the mediality of critique

Chair: Lena Vöcklinghaus (Goethe University Frankfurt)


10:00  Andreas Bülhoff (Goethe University Frankfurt): Writing with / Writing against. Modes of Critique in Post-Digital Literary Discourse


11:00  Christian Steinau (Ludwig-Maximilians-University München): Art Writing as Creative Practice


12:00 Tea and Coffee break


12:30 Christoph Reinfandt (Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen): Findings and Doings: Non-Conscious Cognition as a For(u)m and Focus of Critique