Hölderlin Research Day at Teak Saturday Dec 17

Hölderlin Research Day at Teak Saturday Dec 17

Joint Research Day organized by The Figures of Touch research project in cooperation with Theatre Academy Helsinki

Maßnahmen / Measures taken
Hölderlin and the politics of rhythm

At the Theatre Academy Helsinki (Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki)
17 December 2011
from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The research day has as its topic the measure (Maß, mesure, metron) both as a political-economical-ecological category and an artistic procedure: as a mode of spatio-temporal arrangement according to which the rhythm of an artwork or a performance is articulated. The point of departure for the discussion is provided by the work of the German poet-philosopher Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) and his reflections concerning the task(s) of poetry and poets in the bourgeois world order, after the French Revolution. On which conditions and in which ways can an artwork, its mode of taking place, contribute to equality, liberty, justice and peace? Is there a common measure to be found between artistic composition and the composition of a political community? How should we understand today the Hölderlinian claim for measure in a world turned “measureless” (Unmaß, démesure, hybris)? The research day calls for contemporary reactions to these early modern initiatives. In which ways do rhythm and measure meet each other in contemporary artistic, political and philosophical practices?


Opening words by Esa Kirkkopelto, Theatre Academy Helsinki

Samuel Weber, the Paul de Man Chair at the European Graduate School (EGS), Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, Chicago-Evanston, IL, USA, and Co-Director of the Paris Program in Critical Theory

“Gibt es auf Erden ein Maas?” Encountering Feeling.

15 min coffee break

Marcia Cavalcante-Schuback, Södertörn Universitet

Becoming in Dissolution

Artemy Magun, European University& Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg

Hölderlin and Revolution

45 min Lunch break

Antonia Birnbaum, Université Paris VIII

Searching for a common measure in absolute freedom. The « failure » of
Schelling¹s Ages of the world

Nikolaus Müller-Scholl, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main

On Hölderlin and Brecht

15 min coffee break

Susanna Lindberg, University of Tampere

Rhythm counter Melody

The participants are kindly asked to enroll before 9 December to Mrs. Noora Arvola (noora.arvola.helsinki.fi). The enrollment fee 10 € includes a lunch at the canteen and refreshments. It is paid at the entrance.

The research project “Figures of Touch” (2009-2012) is an interdisciplinary project deploying epistemic interests of media studies, art research, aesthetics, philosophy, and medical anthropology. The project is organized between Aalto University, Helsinki University, Theatre Academy Helsinki and Linköping University. It is led by the Department of Art and Media Pori at Aalto University and funded by the Academy of Finland.