Veranstaltungen

The History of Postmetaphysical Philosophy and the Future of Democracy

Conference in Honor of Jürgen Habermas

June 20 and 21, 2019

Normative Orders, EG 01 + 02
Max-Horkheimer-Strasse 2
Goethe University Frankfurt

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Program

June 20 2019

10:00
Welcome Address
Rainer Forst

10:15
Panel 1: The Genealogy of Postmetaphysical Thought

Peter Gordon – “Eine Erziehung des Menschengeschlechts? The History of Philosophy as a Rationalizing Translation out of the Sources of Religion”
Matthias Lutz-Bachmann – “Reason and Free Will of the Human Actor: The Contribution of Medieval Philosophy to an Ethics and Theory of Rights not based on Metaphysics”
Thomas McCarthy – “Thoughts on the Dialectic of Postmetaphysical Reason”

11:30 Break

12:00 Continued

Pauline Kleingeld – “Kant's Metaphysics of Morality”
Thomas Schmidt – “The Sublation of Faith and Knowledge. Hegel’s Post-metaphysical Philosophy of Religion”
Axel Honneth – “Secular Reason? A Short Comment on Jürgen Habermas, Auch eine Geschichte der Philosophie”

13:45 Lunch

15:00
Panel 2: Religion in Contemporary Society

Charles Taylor – “Our Secular Age”
Maeve Cooke – “Postmetaphysical Thinking and the Ecological Challenge”
Micha Brumlik – “Religion of Reason: Kant, Cohen and Habermas”

16:30 Break

17:00 Continued

Eduardo Mendieta – “Enlightened Religion and Liberation Theology: The Linguistification of Freedom”
Alessandro Ferrara – “Embodied, De-transcendentalized Reason and the Sources of Solidarity”

18:30 End of Session

June 21 2019

10:00
Panel 3: The Crisis of Democracy

Claus Offe – “The ‘Will of the People’ – A Fallacy of Composition?”
Oskar Negt – “‘Erosionskrisen’ - Crises of Erosions”
Klaus Günther – “Rule of Law and Rule by Law”

11:30 Break

12:00 Continued

Jean Cohen – “The Crisis of Political Representation: Rethinking the Party/Movement Relation in the Context of Populist Challenges to Constitutional Democracy”
Andrew Arato – “Populism as Movement, Government and Regime”

13:30 Lunch

15:00
Panel 4: The Future of Democracy

Seyla Benhabib – “Popular Sovereignty and Judicial Review. Challenges of Democracy in Post-Metaphysical Times”
Nancy Fraser – “Legitimation Crisis of Financialized Capitalism”
Hauke Brunkhorst – “Return of Politics. The Kierkegaardian Moment of September 15, 2008”

16:30 Break

17:00 Continued

Peter Niesen – “The Future of Democratic Revolutions?”
Cristina Lafont – “Are Democracies Stuck between Populism and Technocracy? The Democratic Case against Blind Deference to either Majorities or Experts”

18:30
End of Session


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Sponsored by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Leibnizprogram)

Presented by:
DFG-Leibniz Research Group Transnational Justice in cooperation with The Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders"

Praxis as a Perspective on International Relations and Law. Friedrich Kratochwil and his Critics

Conference

12-13 July 2019

Goethe University Frankfurt
"Normative Ordnungen", EG 02 and 5.01
Max-Horkheimer-Str. 2
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Organizers: Prof. Jens Steffek and Prof. Gunther Hellmann

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Program

Friday, 12 July 2019, Room 02 (ground floor)

12:30 – 13:00
Registration / light lunch

13:00 – 13:30
Introduction

13:30- 15:30 Session I
James Davis (St. Gallen) “I Think, Therefore IR? Psychology, Biology and the Notion of Praxis”
Antje Wiener (Hamburg) “Academic Intervention in Practice: Knowledge about Norms and Praxis”
Christian Bueger (Copenhagen) “Praxis, Methodology and Scholarly Action”

15:30 – 16:00
Coffee break

16:00 – 18:00 Session II
Karin Fierke (St. Andrews) “Knowing, Remembering, Showing, but Still not Seeing: Critical Praxis and the Modern 'We.'”
Jörg Friedrichs (Oxford) “Triple Hermeneutics: Reformist and Revolutionary Conceptions of Acting and Knowing”
Jens Steffek (Darmstadt) “Praxis and the Quest for Wholeness”

18:00
Reception and drinks

 

Saturday, 13 July 2019, Room 5.1, top floor

9:00 – 11:00 Session III
Jan Klabbers (Helsinki) “Praxis and International Organizations Law”
Chris Brown (London) “If Not Rome or the Hague, Where? Problems with Sanctions and Punishment”
Anthony Lang (St. Andrews) “Practical Constitutionalism”

11:00 – 11:30
Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 Session IV
Matthias Albert (Bielefeld) “The Praxis of Change and Theory”
Gunther Hellmann (Frankfurt) “Practicing History and Theory”

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session V
Oliver Kessler (Erfurt) “Kratochwil and the Third”
Cecelia Lynch (Irvine) “Kratochwil as the Prophet of Doubt?”

15:30 – 16:00
Wrap-up / Publication plans

Presented by:
The Cluster of Excellence "the Formation of Normative Orders"

Sovereignty and Property in (Post)Colonial Contexts

Workshop

Montag, 15. Juli 2019

Convener: Dr. Matthias Goldmann (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Exzellenzcluster "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen", MPIL Heidelberg)

Programm:
John Locke, Making Property Rights and International Law
Mónica García-Salmones Rovira (Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki)

Methodological issues relating to the history of European colonial expansion in international law: insights from Alfred Schutz’s phenomenological sociology
Mamadou Hébié (Leiden University, International Court of Justice)

Rights of Conquest, Discovery and Occupation, and the Freedom of the Seas: the Colonial Invention of International Law and the Natural Resource Injustice
Petra Gümplová (Max Weber Kolleg, University of Erfurt)

Cultural Artefacts – Returning Colonial Objects
Jochen von Bernstorff (University of Tübingen)

The Entanglement of Sovereignty and Property in International Law. From German Southwest Africa to the Great Land Grab?
Matthias Goldmann (Goethe University Frankfurt & MPIL Heidelberg)

Comments by:
Kanad Bagchi & Alexandra Kemmerer (MPIL Heidelberg), Isabel Feichtner (Universität Würzburg), Stefan Kadelbach (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), Manuel Bastias Saavedra (MPIeR Frankfurt)

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Campus Westend
Gebäude „Normative Ordnungen“
Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2
Raum EG.01

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Veranstalter:
Exzellenzcluster "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen" an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, VolkswagenStiftung

Noch einmal: Moralität und Sittlichkeit

Öffentlicher Vortrag

19. Juni 2019, 18 Uhr

Jürgen Habermas

Goethe-Universität
Campus Westend
Hörsaalgebäude, HZ 1

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In seinem Vortrag greift Jürgen Habermas ein klassisches Thema der praktischen Philosophie auf, das in seinem Werk eine große Rolle spielt. Ausgehend von der Kontroverse zwischen Kant und Hegel stellt er die Frage, wie sich die Prinzipien moralischer und politischer Autonomie zu der „sittlichen“ Realität historisch situierter Gemeinwesen verhalten. Er plädiert für den Vorrang von Prinzipien der Gerechtigkeit vor Imperativen sozialer Integration und zieht daraus Schlüsse für unsere Gegenwart.

Jürgen Habermas hat dreimal in Frankfurt Station gemacht, wo er nach eigenen Worten „die aufregendsten Zeiten“ seines „erwachsenen Lebens erfahren“ hat. Von 1956 bis 1959 war er Assistent am Institut für Sozialforschung und arbeitete mit Theodor W. Adorno zusammen. Als Nachfolger von Max Horkheimer bekleidete er von 1964 bis 1971 den Doppellehrstuhl für Philosophie und Soziologie an der Goethe-Universität.
Nach seiner Zeit am Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung der Lebensbedingungen der wissenschaftlich-technischen Welt in Starnberg, wo er bis heute wohnt, nahm er trotz attraktiver Angebote u.a. aus den USA erneut einen Ruf nach Frankfurt an. Hier lehrte und forschte er von 1983 bis zu seiner Emeritierung im Jahr 1994 als Professor für Philosophie mit dem Schwerpunkt Sozialphilosophie. Zu den zahlreichen Auszeichnungen und Würdigungen, die Jürgen Habermas im Laufe seines Lebens erhalten hat, gehört auch der Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis. Dieser nach wie vor bedeutendste und höchstdotierte nationale Wissenschaftspreis wurde 1986, als er ihn erhielt, erstmals von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) verliehen. Aus den Mitteln installierte er eine rechtsphilosophische Forschungsgruppe, die „AG Rechtstheorie“. Zu deren Mitgliedern zählten Rainer Forst und Klaus Günther, heute Sprecher des Exzellenzclusters "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen".

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Bildergalerie:

  • Prof. em. Jürgen Habermas, Philosoph und Soziologe
  • Prof. Birgitta Wolff, Präsidentin der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Staatssekretärin Ayse Asar, Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
  • Staatssekretärin Ayse Asar, Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst, Co-Sprecher des Exzellenzclusters "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen" und Professor für Politische Theorie und Philosophie der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Prof. Rolf van Dick (Vizepräsident der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main), Prof. Simone Fulda (Vizepräsidentin der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main), Prof. Manfred Schubert-Zsilavecz (Vizepräsident der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main), Brigitte Hückmann und Prof. Manfred Erb (Vizepräsident der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)

 

  • Prof. Birgitta Wolff (Präsidentin der Goethe-Universität), Prof. Rolf van Dick (Vizepräsident der Goethe-Universität), Prof. em. Jürgen Habermas, Ute Habermas, Prof. Simone Fulda (Vizepräsidentin der Goethe-Universität) (v.l.)
  • Prof. Birgitta Wolff (Präsidentin der Goethe-Universität), Prof. em. Jürgen Habermas, Ute Habermas, Prof. Simone Fulda (Vizepräsidentin der Goethe-Universität) (v.l.)
  • Prof. em. Jürgen Habermas
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Günther, Co-Sprecher des Exzellenzclusters "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen" und Professor für Rechtstheorie, Strafrecht und Strafprozessrecht der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Günther, Co-Sprecher des Exzellenzclusters "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen" und Professor für Rechtstheorie, Strafrecht und Strafprozessrecht der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Prof. Rainer Forst (Co-Sprecher des Exzellenzclusters "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen")
  • Prof. Rainer Forst (Co-Sprecher des Exzellenzclusters "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen")

 

Veranstalter:
Exzellenzcluster "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen" und Leibniz Forschungsgruppe Transnationale Gerechtigkeit

Configuring the Demos: Cinema, the Global Digital Economy, and the Crisis of Democracy

International Conference

June 20-22 2019

Aula der Städelschule
Dürerstraße 10
60596 Frankfurt am Main

According to political theorist Claude Lefort, power in a monarchy is invested in the body of the king, while in a democracy, power is an empty space: The empty space of the office, filled by a succession of office holders taking turns according to the rhythms of electoral politics, but also the public space in which the demos, the people as the source of power, manifests itself and takes shape.
Cinema, the “democractic emblem” (Alain Badiou), is one such space in which the demos configures itself, on screen and in the audience. It is a form of public poetry (Martha Nussbaum), dramatizing the conflicts and articulating the promises, but also the pathologies of modern democratic polities. But how does democracy relate to cinema in a moment of the supposed crisis of democracy?
With a focus on three case studies of relatively new players in the global cultural economy, all of which combine the emergence of a popular cinema with the consolidation of liberal democracy – India, Nigeria and South Korea –, this conference explores how cinema, and particularly popular cinema, configures the demos in modern democracies by articulating and dramatizing the conflicts and crises of democratic polities, while developing a significant appeal beyond the geographical and political boundaries of these polities thanks to digital distribution networks.

Conference organizers: Vinzenz Hediger (Normative Orders, Department of theatre, film and media studies, Goethe University Frankfurt) and Josefine Hetterich (Department of theatre, film and media studies, Goethe University Frankfurt)

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Program

Thursday, June 20

09:00 am — 09:45 am
Introduction
Vinzenz Hediger, Josefine Hetterich (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
WHICH CINEMA? WHICH DEMOCRACY? WHICH CRISIS? AN ILLUSTRATED INTRODUCTION

 

10:00 am — 01:00 pm
Panel 1 (Chair: Johannes Voelz)

Hyginus Ekwuazi, University of Ibadan
NOLLYWOOD: THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF THE STORY-TELLING SPACE AND THE NARRATIVIZATION OF DEMOCRACY

Studies of Nollywood cinema have so far mapped the world’s second largest film industry in opposition to Hollywood and Bollywood and have focused on stories, style, technology and audiences. This contribution raises a different set of questions: How has Nollywood, as it were, democratized the story-telling space by turning anyone with a story and a camera into a potential filmmaker? How has the practice of democracy been turned into content on the Nollywood screen? How does the creation and dissemination of such content on the Nollywood screen [and Nollywood filmmaking, generally] respond to the absence/presence of state policies, legislations and aids?

Hyginus Ekwuazi is professor of Broadcasting and Film in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan. He was the founding rector of the National Film Institute in Jos, Nigeria’s national film school, and served as the managing director of the Nigerian Film Corporation in the 1990s.

Ji-yoon An, Universität Duisburg-Essen
POLITICS OF THE UNDEAD AND THE AFTERLIFE IN NEOLIBERAL SOUTH KOREA

In correlation with the latest watershed in Korea’s political history in the winter of 2016–17 when millions of citizens protested against the incumbent president, the Korean film industry in the late 2010s released a surge of narratives on past political movements of the 1980s. This paper, however, looks beyond these politically-charged narratives, focusing instead on the blockbusters that appear apolitical. I examine how the zombie-flick Train to Busan (dir. Yeon Sang-ho, 2016) articulates and dramatizes the contemporary society’s core issues related to neo-liberalism, which are at the centre of its political crisis. I ask how cinema’s reimagining of the issues plaguing Korean society and its diegetic solutions are reflective of, and in turn also perhaps exert an influence on, the Korean public’s attitude towards its crisis of neo-liberal democracy.

Ji-yoon An is Acting Professor of Korean Studies at University of Duisburg-Essen and Visiting Assistant Professor in Korean Studies at University of Tübingen, Germany.

Ravi Vasudevan, CSDS Delhi
CINEMA AND DEMOCRACY: THE INDIAN CASE

In India’s General Election of 2019, cinematic biopics of premier Narendra Modi were part of a media blitz aiming to saturate the political sensorium. Such a will to dominate serves to dramatize the stakes involved in the relationship of cinema, media and democracy, but it also simplifies. Film cultures channel a complex social and political archipelago, based on diverse linguistic traditions, film and musical genres. From the 1980s, video engaged dispersed publics in a novel spectrum of practices. This paper will explore the cinema historically and in the contemporary to understand its power to stage public discourse and political contest, even as it is reinvented in radically decentred sites of film experience.

Ravi Vasudevan directs the media and urban studies programme Sarai at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi and teaches at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

 

02:30 pm — 04:30 pm
Panel 2 (Chair: Sonia Campanini)

Bhaskar Sarkar, University, California Santa Barbara
UNCIVIL ENERGIES, PIRATICAL PUBLICS: CINEMA AND POLITICS IN MANIPUR’S BORDERLANDS

What is the nature of the kratos when the demos, expanded to include vast communities of the disenfranchised, asserts to wrest political agency for itself, and in what forms does such hard-earned agency become legible? The people of Manipur, a frontier region bordering Myanmar caught between a repressive State and some 30 militant factions fighting for power, are a case in point. Here, a ban on Bollywood by one of the underground groups led to the emergence of an entire local videocinema, using the affordances of the transborder grey economies, and providing an outlet for local enterprise, creativity, and political expression.

Bhaskar Sarkar is associate professor and chair of cinema and media studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His publications include Mourning the Nation. Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition (Duke UP 2009).

Añulika Agina, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos
PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF NIGERIAN POPULAR CINEMA’S ENGAGEMENT WITH POLITICS

For decades and at great personal expense and risk, Nigerian filmmakers have taken on the burden of representing the socio-political conflicts of the Nigerian state in ways that permit a re-imagination and re-negotiation of nationhood. Political critiques like Oloibiri (2015), 76 (2016) and 4th Republic (2019) open up unofficial discursive spaces, whose impact remain under-explored. The paper questions the politics of representation to make room for the “politics of impact”. How can the representation of political upheaval be understood as having an impact when electoral violence is rife and resource allocation is politicized?

Añulika Agina teaches communication and cultural analysis at the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos. Her research interests include film and social change as well as cinema-going audiences. She is co-editor of African Film Cultures (2017).

 

05:00 pm — 06:00 pm
Presentation 1

Madhusree Dutta, Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne
BODILY IMPERSONATION AND MATERIAL RECYCLING IN CINEMA CITY

Bombay, ever since the period of early industrialization and expansion of commerce in India in the late nineteenth century, has been projected as a primary urban site for the accumulation and distribution of fortunes through speedy transactions of capital and opportunities. Production of images, in such a space, makes a sort of manifesto for the city as well as renders a justification for its mercurial ways.

Madhusree Dutta is a filmmaker, curator and author. Her works are mostly based on the city of Bombay / Mumbai, India. She is currently the Artistic Director of Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne, Germany

 

Friday, June 21

10:00 am — 12:00 noon
Panel 3 (Chair: Vinzenz Hediger)

Jinhee Choi, King’s College, London
DIRECTING GIRLS: KOREAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA AND WOMEN FILMMAKERS

Historical epics and films based on real life figures or periods like Roaring Currents (2014; General Lee of Joseon Dynasty), Ode to my Father (2014; post-war Korean history), Assassination (2015; colonial Korea) and The Attorney (2013; the early career as an attorney of the former president Rho) have recently been successful with audiences in South Korea. Their success tends to hide both the diversity and precarious nature of the Korean film industry as a whole. By focusing on the indie film scene, with particular focus on women directors’  debut films that feature a “girl” as the female lead—A Girl at My Door (July Jung, 2014), The World of Us (Yoon Ga-eun, 2016) and Microhabitat (Jeon Go-woon, 2018)—I will discuss both the current status of the Korean film industry as a whole, as well as the role
of women directors and the image of girls within their work.

Jinhee Choi is Reader in Film Studies at King’s College London. She is the author of The South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmakers, Global Provocateurs (Wesleyan University Press, 2010) and is currently completing her monograph, tentatively titled, Forever Girls: Girlhood and contemporary Korean cinema.

Onookome Okome, University of Alberta
WHOSE DEMOS IS CIRCULATING IN NOLLYWOOD FILMS?

Until recently, Nollywood existed on its terms and was defined by what one might refer to as the “popular temperament” of a group of upwardly mobile men and women in Lagos, Nigeria. But can a cinema defined as “popular” articulate the demos in a distinct and readable manner? In other words, can popular cinema truly articulate the demos as its center of narrative concern? Can the character of the modern demos—culturally plural and politically diverse—be contained in popular narratives that open up questions of class and commercialism in neoliberal global economy?

Onookome Okome is professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. He specializes in Anglophone African Literature, especially Nigerian literature, African popular culture and the “arts of the everyday”, including in particular Nollywood films.

 

01:00 pm — 04:00 pm
Panel 4 (Chair: Josefine Hetterich)

Hieyoon Kim, University of Wisconsin, Madison
ON 1987: WHEN THE DAY COMES: SOUTH KOREAN CINEMA IN THE ERA OF RE-DEMOCRATIZATION

The recent resurgence of democratic activism in South Korea in 2016/17 has generated a new spate of popular Korean films based on one of the country’s most trying eras, the 1980s. While the film industry’s interest in the period of military rule had already resulted in several productions since the early 2000s, the recent films distinguish themselves by pertaining to the contemporary social transformations that brought about the Candlelight Movement. Rather than focusing on the lives of political authorities or activist leaders, these newer films show how common people—the demos—come to recognize themselves as historical actors. A close reading of 1987: When the Day Comes in the context of re-democratization, this paper searches for alternative historiographies and argues that the mainstream film culture in South Korea tends to shut down historical thought.

Hieyoon Kim is a scholar of modern Korean history and culture and teaches in the department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Madison, Wisconsin. Her research focuses on how media develops in and transforms political uncertainty.

Tor Iorapuu, University of Jos
FILM, DEMOCRACY AND THE POST-MILITARY NIGERIA

The explosion of the Nigerian Film Industry during the last three decades, and particularly after the end of the last dictatorship on May 29, 1999, has helped to reduce unemployment and create wealth for individuals and improve exchange earnings for the country. To this extent, the government is quite excited and has created financial facilities to assist the growth of the film industry. However, the pursuit of fame, money and stardom, while socially appropriate, does not translate to enhancing basic democratic principles and social justice issues. It is therefore necessary to interrogate the dominant focus and social relevance of most Nigerian films in Nigerian democracy.

Tor Joe Iorapuu is a Professor in the department of Theatre and Film Arts, University of Jos, and a social and political activist. A playwright and actor, he has also appeared in Nigerian telemovies and soap operas like Supple Blues, Riddles and Hopes produced by the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

S.V. Srinivas, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru
WHAT COMES AFTER CINEMA?

Cinema in India does not merely open a window on the evolution of mass politics and on the emergence of an inclusive society. It is also intimately linked to the emergence of modern political subjects and their mobilisation. The film star turned politician emerges as the most disturbing contribution of the cinema to public life in India. The most successful star politicians were authoritarian and presided over regimes that blatantly violated the law. Their films, which too are authoritarian, therefore offer an excellent vantage point for testing claims on cinema’s democratic credentials and usefulness for understanding the state of democracy. The question, then, is this: Is the star politician a pointer to an imperfect—or damaged—democracy, or a functioning one?

S.V. Srinivas is professor of cinema studies in the School of Liberal Studies at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. A long-term fellow of the Center for the Study of Culture and Society, his research explores the complex linkages between popular culture and mass politics. 

 

04:30 pm — 05:30 pm
Presentation 2

Didi Cheeka, Lagos Film Society
FROM POST-WAR (1967-1970) CINEMA TO NEW NOLLYWOOD: CINEMA, MEMORY, AND THE DECAY OF DEMOCRACY

What can cinema reveal about historical amnesia and the decay of formal democracy? What processes of recall are triggered when we encounter films from a historical period? Investigating these questions, this presentation, on the political history of Nigerian cinema, seeks to offer a point of convergence between memory, cinema, and the struggle for democracy...

Didi Cheeka is an off-Nollywood filmmaker and critic and the co-founder and director of the Lagos Film Society. He is the initiator of Reclaiming History, Unveiling Memory - an archive project aimed at reanimating Nigeria‘s abandoned national film and sound archives.

 

Saturday, June 22

10:00 am — 12:00 noon
Panel 5 (Chair: Daniel Fairfax)

Bishnupryia Gosh, University of California Santa Barbara
THE IMPROPER POLITICS OF AFFECTIVE CINEMA: WHEN KASHMIR CROSSES INDIA

Cinema is a key player in the affective-performative dimension of the Indian democracy. Following Jacques Rancière, I argue that an illegible “part” of the demos crosses into the sensible in the cinema (Dissensus, 2010). Nowhere is this more evident than popular cinema’s  consistent engagement with Kashmir, which is the national fragment that recursively shows up where Indian democracy “fails” in spectacular ways. Kashmir is where the Indian democracy never was; and yet, the location invokes the phantom will of the demos as an aspirational horizon. Past the pristine beauty of Kashmir as location in post-independence Bombay cinema, in the last four decades, a number of films have sought to make sensible what controlled figurations (expungable terrorist/insurgent or the managed loyal minority) cannot. It is at this affective register that the cinema enacts an improper politics.

Bishnupriya Ghosh is professor of Global Studies English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she teaches postcolonial theory and global media studies. Her publications include Global Icons: Apertures to the Popular (Duke University Press 2011).

Steve Choe, San Francisco State University
POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY AND THE POLITICS OF MELODRAMA IN KOREAN CINEMA

How does cinema reflect upon and critiques the democratization process in South Korea since the 1980s? Films such as Black Republic (1990), Peppermint Candy (2000), and 1987 (2017), depict the trials and travails of pro-democratic activists and the exercise of violent oppression by authoritarian dictatorship. Korea’s compressed modernization process cannot be understood without considering how civil society emerged in the context of military rule, traditional Confucian values, anti-communist ideology, and regional politics. In their appeal to the audience sentiment, Korean films about democratization work within the affective and ethical constraints set out by the melodramatic mode in their mobilization of concepts of outrage, sympathy, and justice.

Steve Choe is Associate Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University. His areas of research and teaching include film theory, philosophy, and the cinemas of Germany and Korea.

 

01:00 pm — 02:30 pm
Round Table

Presented by:
Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” and Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt

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Kettemann, Matthias; Kleinwächter, Wolfgang; Senges, Max (2018):

The Time is Right for Europe to Take the Lead in Global Internet Governance. Normative Orders Working Paper 02/2018. More...

Kettemann, Matthias (2019):

Die normative Ordnung der Cyber-Sicherheit: zum Potenzial von Cyber-Sicherheitsnormen. Normative Orders Working Paper 01/2019. More...