The series of three seminars will be dedicated to a close reading and discussion of three key texts of Critical Theory, Adorno’s texts ‘Commitment’ (‘Engagement’, 1962, in Noten zur Literatur III) and ‘Cultural Criticism and Society’ (Kulturkritik und Gesellschaft’, 1951, u.a. in Prismen), and Walter Benjamin’s ‘On the Concept of History’ (also known as ‘Theses on the Phi- losophy of History’, in the original: ‘Über den Begriff der Geschichte’, written 1940, first published in 1942). ‘Commitment’ discusses the dialectic between the ‘committted’ (to be distinguished from ‘propagandist’) and the ‘autono- mous’ artwork, commenting on Sartre, Brecht and Benjamin; ‘Cultural Criticism and Society’ plays on the double meaning of ‘Kulturkritik’ as critique of culture (or of civilization) or/and the criticism of cultural artefacts, and their relation- ship. Adorno points to a criticism of cultural artefacts that is committed to the progress of culture/civilization while refusing to be happy and at ease with its actuality. Benjamin’s text entirely resists summing up, but needs no introduction; at its centre it contains, amongst other things, a critique of the optimism of the labour movement.
Marcel Stoetzler is a lecturer in Sociology at Bangor University, Wales, UK. He works on social and political theory, intellectual history and historical sociology, and has lately concentrated on various aspects of modern anti- semitism, especially its interconnections with liberalism and nationalism and the emergence of the discipline of sociology. He has also published on feminist theory, critical theory (‘Frankfurt School’), Hannah Arendt, and Marx. His first book, The State, the Nation and the Jews. Liberalism and the Anti- semitism Dispute in Bismarck’s Germany was published in 2008 by the University of Nebraska Press. He serves on the editorial board of Patterns of Prejudice of which he has edited a special issue (May 2010) on Modern Antisemitism and the Emergence of Sociology.
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Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55
The Greatest Emergency is the Absence of Emergency: Anarchic Hermeneutics, Emergency Aesthetics, and Philosophical Warnings
16,18, and 19.03.2021
4 pm - 7 pm
The seminar will take place online only.
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1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Friday, 3pm to 7pm and by appointment. Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 1pm.
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Ao descer a escada
Há um degrau p’ra me sentar.
Não há outro degrau
Não estou lá em baixo
Nem lá em cima estou.
Estou é na escada
Onde sempre estou.
Ao subir a escada
Não estou em cima, nem em baixo.
Não estou na creche,
Nem mesmo no sopé, acho.
Ideias estranhas começam a girar
Na minha cabeça
Fora do lugar!
09.11.2019 - 02.02.2020
25.01 | 17h00 Talk with Tonio Kröner, Simon
Thompson, Jürgen Bock
All the light that's ours to see
Extended until 6 December 2020
In line with revised recommendations from the authorities, we are postponing the exhibition, which was scheduled to open on 28 March. A new date will be communicated in due course.
In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019
Johann Jacobs Museum
Maumaus / Lumiar Cité
is funded by Ministério da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar