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Warwick Workshop for Interdisciplinary German Studies

Funded with the generous support of Warwick's Humanities Research Centre.

This is an interdisciplinary workshop series dedicated to all areas of German cultural studies. Meeting two to three times during term in the Department of German Studies or online, the workshop hosts presentations on a Wednesday afternoon by senior national and international scholars, Warwick colleagues and doctoral students. Presentations can be delivered both as finished conference-style papers, or more informally as work-in-progress. Please contact the workshop convenors, Antonia dot Hofstatter at warwick dot ac dot uk and c dot e dot achinger at warwick dot ac dot uk, if you wish to offer or attend a presentation!

Complete programme see further below - coming up next:

Lydia Goehr (Columbia University): On working-through—durcharbeiten—with musical notes: Adorno, Fanon, Freud


My talk discusses the many uses of the term “durch” in the thought of Adorno, Fanon, and Freud. But it focuses on two sentences of almost compulsive repetition. In the first, Adorno exposes the dissonance in the way of teaching music in a verwalteten (topsy-turvy) world: “Only through the [form of the] process, through the experience of the works, and not through self-sufficient, blind music-making, […] can music education fulfill its function. [….] [O]nly through specialization, not through its denial, does music save the part in the human that seems to have been dismembered by specialization.” There is one notion of work that belongs to music’s production and another to a broader scheme of social formation and labor. In introducing his 1952 Black Skin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon noted the “juxtaposition of the white and black races” that had “created a massive psychoexistential complex,” after which he wrote that by “analyzing it,” he hoped to “destroy it.” Performed as a deconstruction, the analysis left the question strategically hanging as to what happens after the work has been done. What is involved in this work by way of a working through? When does analysis become only an analytic breakdown?

Location: S0.18

This event is co-organised with the CRPLA

All welcome!

WWIGS 2022-23

All talks at 5pm unless otherwise indicated.

Term 1

20 October 2022

Clara Verri (Gießen/Helsinki): Satisfaction and consumption in Houellebecq’s Submission: an imposing mode of narration

FAB 3.25

02 November 2022

Yuliia Lysanets (Poltava State Medical University): Metaphors and Metonymies in Medical Discourse as a Challenge for Cross-Cultural Communication

In cooperation with TTS

FAB 2.32

23 November 2022

Nora Michaelis (Warwick): A linguist’s fascination, an interpreter’s pain, a language teacher’s headache: English as a Lingua Franca and the concept’s implications for Foreign Language Teaching

FAB 3.30

07 December 2022

Research Roundtable with colleagues from the German Department

FAB 4.73

Term 2

25 January 2023

Nicholas Lawrence (Warwick): 'Everything Changes': Brecht, Benjamin, Adorno

FAB 3.30

8 February 2023

Marlene Gallner (University of Vienna): The Leftist Self-Betrayal: Jean Améry's essays on Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism, and the Left

FAB 3.31

23 February 2023

Christine Kirchhoff (International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin): The 'Non-Identical and the 'Leftover'. Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis and Ideology


25 February 2023

Symposium on ‘Adorno’s Sexual Taboos and Law Today” – Sixty Years On’

10 am – 6 pm S0.20 and on Zoom

In cooperation with the Department of Philosophy

15 March 2023

Katie Stone (Warwick): “Slaves and Objects of Amusement: West German Women under the Yoke of the American Colonizers”: Sexual Violence, Moral Outrage, and Propaganda in Cold War East Germany.

Postponed due to industrial action

FAB 3.30

Term 3

3 May 2022

Lydia Goehr (Columbia University): On working-through—durcharbeiten—with musical notes: Adorno, Fanon, Freud

In cooperation with the CRPLA


17 May 2022

Yara Staets (Warwick): Presentation of PhD project on ‘Coming to Terms with the Present: Non-Realist Representations of War in early post-1945 German Literature’