Conducted in English
This is a 2-credit course that meets from January 28 - March 15, 2019
Taught by Esther Dischereit (DAAD Chair for Contemporary Poetics at NYU, Spring 2019)
“To contemplate in passing, or to eat an ice cream” is a discourse about memory, about the presence of the past, and further about how the experience of the Shoah informs the self-determination of Jewish identity in Germany. The everydayness of life as a citizen is lost, even for generations after the Shoah. How is witnessing sought, preserved, and which artistic modes of expression are found for it? This bearing witness—and the demand for it—is bound up with calls for truth and information, such those of the surviving victims and relatives of the NSU’s (National Socialist Underground) racially motivated murders from 1998–2007. With only one exception, those affected belonged to immigrant families. This seminar considers presence and absence, past and present, through texts, performances, and installations.