Leiden University, Netherlands, 28 – 30 August 2013






Registration KOG/reception desk, Steenschuur 25, Leiden


Welcome (chairs: Madeleine Kasten, Herman Paul) KOG/A144


Keynote lecture: Uwe Steiner, 'Zur Idee der metamorphose bei Benjamin' (KOG/A144)



Thursday 9.00-10.00

Drinks (with brief announcement on Cultuur?Barbaar!)

Venue: Café de Koets, Doelensteeg 8, Leiden


Keynote lecture: Vivian Liska, The reproduciblity of Walter benjamin's  Angel of History  (chair: Rico Sneller) KOG/A144




Translator (chair: Madeleine Kasten)

KOG/A 008

Angel (chair: Gerard Visser) KOG/A051A

  • Daniel Weidner, ‘Vocation and Task: Benjamin and the Politics of the Intellectual’

  • Gisela Brinker-Gabler, ‘The Translator/Critic in the Age of Globalization: Benjamin’s Übersetzung in Postcolonial Thought’

  • Mathelinda Nabugodi, ‘Pure Language 2.0: Walter Benjamin’s Theory of Language and Translation Technology’

  • Rico Sneller, ‘Benjamin’s Angel’

  • Jostein Hølland, ‘Back to the Future: Contemplating Time and Its End Through the Eyes of Walter Benjamin’s Angelus Novus’

  • Anna Köberich, ‘To make the continuum of history explode’ - On the Concept of Time in Walter Benjamin's Theses on History and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas




Flaneur (chair: Annelies Schulte Nordholt) KOG/A008

Child (chair: Heman Paul) KOG/A051A

  • Nassima Sahraoui, ‘On the Constellation of Historical Knowledge in Times of Critical Masses: The Flaneur and Socio-Economic Critique’

  • Sara Miellet, ‘The Flâneur and (Re)appropriation of Urban Social and Public Spaces: Reading Benjamin’s Flâneur in Light of Henri Lefebvre’s Theory of the Production of Space’

  • Jan Sieber, ‘Subjektivität und Krise: Phantasmagorische Subjektivität am Beispiel von Benjamin’s Flaneur’

  • Naomi Waltham-Smith, ‘Benjamin’s Ear, or a Free Use of the Coming Humanities’

  • Corina Stan, ‘The Child as the Threshold: Benjamin’s Berlin Childhood Around 1900

  • Matthew Charles, ‘Refiguring the Child: Benjamin, Brecht, and the Inhumanities’

  • Anna Wołkowicz, ‘Das (lesende) Kind / der Kritiker: Lektüre als Opfer’

  • Florian Telsnig, ‘”Das Gesicht, das die Dingwelt gerade ihnen, ihnen allein, zukehrt”: Kinder als Repräsentanten einer nicht-intentionalen Form der Erfahrung bei Walter Benjamin’




Allegorist (chair: Rico Sneller) KOG/A008

B arbarians and masses (Frans Willem Korsten) KOG/A051A

-Madeleine Kasten, ‘Benjamin’s Allegorist and the Meaning of Life’

-Daniel Mourenza, ‘Walter Benjamin’s Chaplin: The Return of the Allegorical Mode in Modernity’

-Gustan Asselbergs, ‘Benjamin’s Thought-Images in Einbahnstraße

-Maria Boletsi, ‘Barbarizing the Humanities: Listening to the Voice of Benjamin’s “Barbarian” Today’

-Sami R. Khatib, ‘Walter Benjamin’s Figures of De-Figuration: Towards a Materialist Humanities of the “Unmensch”’

-Bernard Micallef, ‘Adjusting Reality to the Masses’



Conference diner (Scheltema Complex, Marktsteeg 1, Leiden)




Keynote lecture: Detlev Schöttker Glück des Sammlers, Glück des Privatmanns!” Benjamins  Bücher’" (chair: Gerard Visser) KOG/A144


Narrator (chair: Madeleine Kasten) KOG/008

Translator and others (chair: Rico Sneller) KOG/C131

  • Adam Lipszyc, ‘The Narrator as Witness: Benjamin and Celan’

  • Gerard Visser, ‘Der Gerechte. Über das Gute bei Benjamin und Meister Eckhart’

  • Ton Groeneweg, ‘”Drawing on an Unlikely Source”: Refiguring Religious Revivalism Through Benjamin’s Philosophy of Language’

  • Knut Martin Stünkel, ‘The Attraction of the Aura: On the Topicality of Walter Benjamin for Religious Studies

  • Wolfram Malte Fues, 'Die Autorinstanz des Passagen-Werks'
  • Orr Scharf, ‘Bleakness in the Age of Google: Walter Benjamin and the Possibility of Redemptive Translation’
  • Giulio Giadrossi, ‘Post-Leben: Benjamin’s Philatelic Collector After the Age of Technical Reproducibility’

  • Yoav Rinon, ‘Benjamin’s Figure of the Poet as Educator: The Vocation of the Humanities’




Historian (chair: Herman Paul) KOG/A008)

Collector’s Items (chair: Herman Siemens) KOG/C131

  • Chiel van den Akker, ‘Mechanical Reproductions and the Concept of History’

  • Stefano Marchesoni, ‘Zur Konstruktion des Eingedenkens: Benjamins geschichtsphilosophische Literaturkritik in den Jahren 1929 bis 1934’

  • Bennet Carpenter, 'Closing time: Occupy, History, Eschatology
  • Ruud Welten, ‘Tourist Phantasmagoria’
  • Giulio Giadrossi, ‘Post-Leben: Benjamin’s Philatelic Collector After the Age of Technical Reproducibility’
  • Nuno Atalaia, 'Bach and his Aura: Benjamin's Historian as Musician'


Concluding remarks (KOG/A008)


Art project Cultuur? Barbaar! (Pickup point: entrance KOG)


List of speakers

List of speakers


Although the conference is funded by various institutions in Leiden we have to ask our participants for a conference fee. Please let us know in case this should prove a problem for you; in that case we will see what we can do. We offer the following options:

A.    Standard rate, € 100,--. Included: Admission, participation in the parallel art event Cultuur? Barbaar! on Friday; conference dinner on Thursday; lunches on Thursday and Friday; coffee and tea; drinks.

B.     Reduced rate, € 50,--. Included: everything mentioned above except the conference dinner on Thursday.

C.     Students (BA/MA level) are welcome to attend the lectures free of charge (lunches and conference dinner excluded).

Kindly make your contribution over to the following bank account before August 1st:

Bank name                              Rabobank Nederland

Swift                                       RABONL2U

Swiftadress/IBAN                     NL74RABO0102054266

Bankadress                             Schipholweg 105

                                              2316 XC  Leiden, Netherlands

Bank account no.                     1020.54.266

Account name                          Universiteit Leiden / Geesteswetenschappen


N.B.: Do not forget to add

-           your name

-           ‘Benjamin’s Figures’ – SAP 1550003031


Last Modified: 22-08-2013