„Literature as Subversion: Potentials and Aporias of Contemporary Political Writing“. Video presentation at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Video presentation by Thomas Ernst on „Literature as Subversion“ (23:50 min.)

Not least because of its 40th anniversary and the commemoration of the host University’s name patron, Carl von Ossietzky, the University of Oldenburg has organized a conference “Resistance. Subjects, Representations, Contexts”. The conference will explore phenomena of resistance in different historical and contemporary contexts from an interdisciplinary and transcultural perspective in order to add to a theoretical debate on the term and concept(s) of resistance. Invited speakers are Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (New York), Maria do Mar Castro Varela (Berlin), Alex Demirovic (Berlin), Sabine Hess (Göttingen), Micha Brumlik (Berlin), Jens Martin Gurr (Duisburg-Essen), Rainer Winter (Klagenfurt) and others.

I am invited to give a presentation on the conceptual framework of my monograph “Literatur und Subversion. Politisches Schreiben in der Gegenwart” (2013). Since I am in Berlin at the moment (see below), I will give a video presentation on Friday, November 7th, at 11:30, and discuss my presentation via skype. Unfortunately, I had to shorten my Oldenburg-presentation on video (19:51 min.) to less than 20 minutes, you find the missing part on my handout and can take a look on my visual presentation. The original and long version of the video (23:50 min.) is available online as well.

The abstract reads as: „In my study Literatur und Subversion. Politisches Schreiben in der Gegenwart (2013) I have differentiated four forms of political resistance as political-institutional, avantgardistic-aesthetic, subcultural and deconstructive discourses of subversion. Literary texts as ‘subversive literature’ can archive, reflect or ironize these discourses of subversion and in certain cases even inscribe themselves into these discourses.

The presentation will introduce this concept of ‘subversive literature’ and analyze shortly examples of subversive German prose (‘Kanak Sprak’ by Feridun Zaimoğlu and pop-novels by Thomas Meinecke). Finally, I will give an outlook on ‘studies of subversion’ which could transform this concept to analyze subversive potentials and aporias of other genres and media (in a comparative perspective).“

Not least because of its 40th anniversary and the commemoration of the host University’s name patron, Carl von Ossietzky, the University of Oldenburg has organized a conference “Resistance. Subjects, Representations, Contexts”. The conference will explore phenomena of resistance in different historical and contemporary contexts from an interdisciplinary and transcultural perspective in order to add to a theoretical debate on the term and concept(s) of resistance. Invited speakers are Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (New York), Maria do Mar Castro Varela (Berlin), Alex Demirovic (Berlin), Sabine Hess (Göttingen), Micha Brumlik (Berlin), Jens Martin Gurr (Duisburg-Essen), Rainer Winter (Klagenfurt) and others.

I am invited to give a presentation on the conceptual framework of my monograph “Literatur und Subversion. Politisches Schreiben in der Gegenwart” (2013). Since I am in Berlin at the moment (see below), I will give a video presentation on Friday, November 7th, at 11:30, and discuss my presentation via skype. Unfortunately, I had to shorten my Oldenburg-presentation on video (19:51 min.) to less than 20 minutes, you find the missing part on my handout and can take a look on my visual presentation. The original and long version of the video (23:50 min.) is available online as well.

The abstract reads as: „In my study Literatur und Subversion. Politisches Schreiben in der Gegenwart (2013) I have differentiated four forms of political resistance as political-institutional, avantgardistic-aesthetic, subcultural and deconstructive discourses of subversion. Literary texts as ‘subversive literature’ can archive, reflect or ironize these discourses of subversion and in certain cases even inscribe themselves into these discourses.

The presentation will introduce this concept of ‘subversive literature’ and analyze shortly examples of subversive German prose (‘Kanak Sprak’ by Feridun Zaimoğlu and pop-novels by Thomas Meinecke). Finally, I will give an outlook on ‘studies of subversion’ which could transform this concept to analyze subversive potentials and aporias of other genres and media (in a comparative perspective).“

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