Medea: Violence – Family – Liberation

Workshop at Goethe-University Frankfurt

February 25th/26th, online via Zoom

Who is Medea? Feminist, mother; stranger, murderer, victim, displaced, driven, knowing (as her name says) or desperate (as her deeds tell), "witch", "fury"... How is her violent strike to be understood - as revenge, as rescue, as liberation...? What does the violence she exerts say about the violence she is exposed to? What understanding of femininity does she represent and what significance does she place on the (destruction or even preservation of the) family? What role does it play for her story and her actions that she does not belong to the world in which she lives, that she is a stranger who has no home? In what way is Medea a political figure?
Through these many ambivalences this figure contains, it has inspired the most diverse interpretations, appropriations and transformations. In philosophy, on the other hand, she has repeatedly been overshadowed by another great female figure of ancient tragedy: Antigone. In this way, however, a specific form of female liberation and a specific reference to the family, which distinguishes Medea from Antigone, are getting lost. Quoting Slavoj Zizek: „So it’s time to reassert Medea against Antigone: Medea or Antigone, that's the ultimate choice today. In other words, how are we to fight power? Through the fidelity to the old organic Mores threatened by Power, or by out-violencing Power itself? Two versions of femininity: Antigone can still be read as standing for the particular family roots against the universality of the public space of State Power; Medea, on the contrary, out-universalizes universal Power itself.” (https://www.lacan.com/zizek-love.htm)
With this workshop, we aim to place Medea at the center of an interdisciplinary dialogue. On the basis of the themes that become visible in and through the different versions of the Medea figure we want to ask: How is (female) liberation possible?

Organizers: Jonas Heller (Philosophy, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Normative Orders) and Marina Martinez Mateo (Philosophy, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Normative Orders)

Please register in advance: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is intended that the lectures will not be presented, but circulated in advance. At the workshop itself, there will be brief comments from the other panel participants.

Program (pdf): Here...

Program

February 25th 2021

3:15-3:30 pm
Introduction
Jonas Heller & Marina Martinez Mateo (Philosophy, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Normative Orders)

3:30-5:30 pm
Foreignness and Racism

Medea, the refugee
Demetra Kasimis (Political Science, University of Chicago)

Mythical Enjambment in The Hungry Woman: Nation, Desire, and Cherríe Moraga's Utopic Turn
Michelle Martin-Baron (LGBT Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges)

6:00-7:00 pm
Ambivalent Motherhood

Ambivalences of family and love. Reflections with Hegel, Antigone, and Medea
Marina Martinez Mateo (Philosophy, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Normative Orders)

February 26th 2021

2:00-4:00 pm
Affect and Subjectivity

The Dynamics of Emotion in Euripides’ Medea
Douglas Cairns (Classics, University of Edinburgh)

The Irony of Unreason. Medea after Euripides, Ovid, and Davidson
Dirk Setton (Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin)

4:30-6:30 pm
Violence and Liberation

Good Girls Go to Heaven, Bad Girls Go Everywhere: Medea, Mistress of Violence
Katharina Wesselmann (Classics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)

Violating Order. Medea and Marriage
Jonas Heller (Philosophy, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Normative Orders)

6:30-7:00 pm
Final Discussion

 

Presented by:
Institute of Philosophy Goethe University an Research Centre Normative Orders


Headlines

„Normative Ordnungen“, herausgegeben von Rainer Forst und Klaus Günther, erscheint am 17. April 2021 im Suhrkamp Verlag

Am 17. April 2021 erscheint der Sammelband „Normative Ordnungen“ im Suhrkamp Verlag. Herausgegeben von den Clustersprechern Prof. Rainer Forst und Prof. Klaus Günther, bietet das Werk einen weit gefassten interdispziplinären Überblick über die Ergebnisse eines erfolgreichen wissenschaftlichen Projekts. Mehr...

Das Postdoc-Programm des Forschungsverbunds „Normative Ordnungen“: Nachwuchsförderung zwischen 2017 und 2020

Die Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses ist seit je her ein integraler Bestandteil des Forschungsverbunds „Normative Ordnungen“. Das 2017 neu strukturierte, verbundseigene Postdoc-Programm bietet die besten Bedingungen zu forschen und hochqualifizierte junge Wissenschaftler*innen zu fördern. Zum Erfahrungsbericht: Hier...

„Symposium on Jürgen Habermas’ Auch eine Geschichte der Philosophie“ herausgegeben von Rainer Forst erschienen

Als jüngste Ausgabe der Zeitschrift "Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory" ist kürzlich das „Symposium on Jürgen Habermas, Auch eine Geschichte der Philosophie“ herausgegeben von Prof. Rainer Forst erschienen. Mehr...

Upcoming Events

17. Juni 2021, 16 Uhr

ConTrust Speaker Series: Prof. Dr. Martin Hartmann (Professor für Philosophie, mit Schwerpunkt Praktische Philosophie der Universität Luzern): Vertrauen und Konflikt. Anmerkungen zu einer komplexen Konstellation. Mehr...

23. Juni 2021, 13 Uhr

Crisis Talk: Lehren aus der Pandemie - Das europäische und das globale Krisenmanagement der EU. Mehr...

23. Juni 2021, 18.00 Uhr

Digital Lecture Series "Algorithms - Between Trust and Control": Virtual Roundtable: The Freedom to Deviate in the Algorithmic Society?. More...

-----------------------------------------

Latest Media

Videoarchiv

Weitere Videoaufzeichnungen finden Sie hier...

Solidarität_Welche Rolle spielen Emotionen, Regeln, Infrastrukturen?

Prof. Dr. Sighard Neckel (Universität Hamburg und Assoziiertes Mitglied des Forschungsverbunds „Normative Ordnungen“)
Moderation: Rebecca Caroline Schmidt (Geschäftsführerin des Forschungsverbundes "Normative Ordnungen")
DenkArt "Solidarität_Aber wie?"

Das vermessene Leben

Prof. Dr. Vera King (Professorin für Soziologie und psychoanalytische Sozialpsychologie an der Goethe-Universität und geschäftsführende Direktorin des Sigmund-Freud-Instituts Frankfurt, PI von ConTrust)
Ringvorlesung "Algorithms - Between Trust and Control"


New full-text Publications

Rainer Forst (2021):

Solidarity: concept, conceptions, and contexts. Normative Orders Working Paper 02/2021. More...

Annette Imhausen (2021):

Sciences and normative orders: perspectives from the earliest sciences. Normative Orders Working Paper 01/2021. More...