Special Lectures

Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann (Max-Planck-Institute, Frankfurt a. M.)

'Säfte, Nerven, Oszillationen: Theorien zu biologischen Grundlagen ästhetischen Erlebens und Wertens von Musik von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart'

Date: 09. February 2022, 6–8 p.m.
Location: Online broadcast

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Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Erika Fischer-Lichte (FU Berlin)


The talk mainly focusses on the hypothesis that aesthetic perception (aisthesis) and experience can cause the person in question to enter into a state of liminality which is capable of bringing about a transformation.

The talk takes as its starting point rituals and other types of performances which can lead to different kinds of transformations. The latter shall be discussed in relation to relevant European as well as non-European theorizations of the aesthetic. In this way, a specific understanding of the term of ‘the aesthetic’ is to be developed.

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Meeting-ID: 948 5375 4921
Passcode: 043227

Date: 13. December 2021, 6–8 p.m.
Location: Online broadcast, for questions contact Jan Stellmann

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Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin/University of Münster)

'Ars militaris: Militär als ästhetische Praxis im 18. Jahrhundert'

In the standard reference work Der vollkommene Teutsche Soldat from 1726, war is understood as a precisely predictable event within the framework of ceremony, and the art of war is conceived of as an ars strictly governed by rules. The rule books of the time reveal striking similarities between military exercises on the one hand and courtly ballet and ceremonial on the other. What these disciplines had in common was that they each followed the rules of geometry. In both cases, an important concern was aesthetic perfection, which as an ideal, however, proved to be a hindrance on the battlefield.

Using the example of the so-called „Soldatenkönig“ (Soldier King) Frederick William I of Prussia, the talk pursues the question of how aesthetic concerns became independent from practical concerns in the military around 1700, before the „art of war“ then stopped being „art“ in the 19th century.

Date: 12. May 2021, 6–8 p.m.
Location: Online broadcast, registration by mail with Jan Stellmann

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Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. Christian Kiening (University of Zurich)

'Ästhetik und Pragmatik der Zeit im 16. Jahrhundert'

The lecture discusses two central tendencies of the intellectual, cultural and literary history of time in the 16th century: the trend of increasingly dealing with time as an aesthetic phenomenon as well as the trend of approaching questions on temporality with measurable dimensions or dimensions concerning everyday life or one’s own life span. By using examples from Jörg Wickram, Pontus de Tyard and others, the connections between these two tendencies will be analysed. Regarding the relationship between form of appearance and form of reflection as well as the praxeological dimension of the aesthetic, the lecture also touches upon programmatic aspects of the CRC 1391.

Date: 01 February 2021, 6–8 p.m.
Location: Online broadcast

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Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. Mireille Schnyder (University of Zurich)

'Die Kunst des Wahns und die Ästhetik der Wirklichkeit'

In her talk, Mireille Schnyder takes up approaches from the CRC’s research programme and tries to connect them to other perspectives of a ‘different’ aesthetics within the Christian medieval context. Her starting point is the Old French Roman de la Rose, one of the most influential works of the 13th century. As she would like to show by bringing up the example of glass (as material, mirror and metaphor), materiality, technology and the conceptualization of perceptual processes are closely interwoven – an observation which is central to her considerations and which points to the CRC’s principal concept of figures of aesthetic reflection. At the same time, although this point is not elaborated on immediately, the implication is that the sensation of wonder can also be viewed as a figure of aesthetic reflection. Prof. Schnyder would like to elucidate the fact that ‘different’ aesthetics can be determined or at least adumbrated by means of these figures of reflection and puts forward the idea of an art of delusion and an aesthetics of reality.

Date: 19. October 2020, 6–8 p.m.
Location: Online broadcast, registration by mail with Jan Stellmann

Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. Barbara Schellewald (University of Basel)

'Monumentale Bildtechnik(en) im 12. Jahrhundert und ihre expliziten und impliziten Referenzen auf die Betrachter'

As its starting point, the talk takes the painting of the Church of St. Panteleimon in Nerezi (near Skopje) which was executed in 1164, originating from aristocratic circles. To date, research has focused especially on the commissioners, and the most striking feature of the images – the fact that the viewer is confronted, in the centre, with large-scale formats clearly designed to stir their empathy – has mainly been linked to theological and liturgical texts. The talk, however, will acknowledge that the materiality and the dominant aesthetic discourses also play a central role in making the images what they are. This leads to the question of how autological and heterological dimensions – a central element of the research programme of the CRC 1391 – relate to each other, which the talk shall discuss in order to develop an adequate interpretation.

Date: 15 July 2020, 68 p.m. (CANCELLED!)
Location: Neue Aula, Lecture Hall 2 (Geschwister-Scholl-Platz, Tübingen)

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Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Trabant (FU Berlin)

'Fatto dagli uomini: vom Menschen gemacht. Giambattista Vicos Philosophie des Selbstgemachten'

With his philosophy of the man-made world, Giambattista Vico (1668-1744) challenges the whole of European thought, which has so far only been concerned with the natural world. There are two types of human creation, poiesis and praxis, whose manifestations Vico discloses in a grand construction of world history. Poetic and political or practical creation go hand in hand. The skills of the craftsman (techne, ars) who knows how his produce is manufactured turn into the assured knowledge that the world is self-made and thus into science. Being an alternative to mainstream thought, this kind of science is new: Scienza nuova (1730/1744). Therefore, Vico’s philosophy, at the same time aesthetical and practical, develops an approach which could be worth considering for the CRC Different Aesthetics.

Date: 15 June 2020, 6–8 p.m. (CANCELLED!)
Location: Alte Aula (Münzgasse, Tübingen)

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Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. Silke Leopold (University of Heidelberg)

'Tafelmusik. Musikalisches und Kulinarisches in der Vormoderne – und was das  Konzept der Anderen Ästhetik zu ihrem Verständnis beitragen kann'

With the help of selected musical sources (for example J.H. Schein, Banchetto musicale, H.I.F. Biber, Mensa sonora, G.P. Telemann, Tafelmusik), descriptions of festivities (such as the Burgundian Feast of the Pheasant), cookery books including documentations of banquets (such as Cristoforo di Messisbugo) as well as pictorial sources (such as Joachim von Sandrart, Friedensmahl in Nürnberg), the talk will reflect on the question of how the model of a ‘Different Aesthetics’ can help to avoid the dichotomy between ‘Kunstmusik’ (art music) and ‘Gebrauchsmusik’ (functional music), which is rather well-established in musicology.

Date: 08 June 2020, 6–8 p.m. (CANCELLED!)
Location: Alte Aula (Münzgasse, Tübingen)

Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. Adrian Stähli (Harvard University)

title: as yet unknown.

Date: 11 May 2020, 6–8 p.m. (CANCELLED!)
Location: Room 215, Brechtbau (Wilhelmstraße, Tübingen)

Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. Andreas Kablitz (University of Cologne)

'Ästhetik als Reflexion und Gestaltung von Welt'

Date: 29 April 2020, 6–8 p.m. (CANCELLED!)
Location: Alte Aula (Münzgasse, Tübingen)