Elective Affinities

December 5, 2020 (Saturday) / 9:00 am2:00 pm


Elective Affinities

Walter Benjamin on Franz Kafka

Presented by the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures.
Walter Benjamin's essay Franz Kafka on the Tenth Anniversary of his Death, published in 1934, is often as enlightening as bewildering. This colloquium will place this essay, as well as the oeuvres of Kafka and Benjamin, in the context of their intellectual reception as well as their important interlocutors.

9:00–11:00am: Introductory Remarks & First Panel

Annie Pfeifer, Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages, Columbia University

Michael Levine, Professor of German Language & Literature, Rutgers University

Ian Fleishman (moderator), Assistant Professor of German and Cinema & Media Studies and Graduate Chair of Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Pennsylvania

12:00–2:00pm: Second Panel & Closing Remarks

Rochelle Tobias, Professor and Director of the German Subdivision of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures and Co-Director of the Max Kade Center for Modern German Thought, Johns Hopkins University

Dominik Zechner, Assistant Professor of German Language & Literature, Rutgers University

Liliane Weissberg (moderator), Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor in the School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania 

Cosponsored by the Programs in Comparative Literature & Theory and Jewish Studies, the Wolf Humanities Center, and the University Research Foundation.