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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities

Lecture Series: Aesthetic Entanglements in Transnational Literature and the Arts

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Department of English and American Studies
WiSe 2018/2019




The discourse on entangled histories/histoire croisée is not new and in our postcolonial and globalised present the idea that any recourse to culture must be understood as transnational and based on complex forms of global interactions and power hierarchies a widely held consensus that also affects how we reassess cultural interactions of the past. Nevertheless, literary studies and artistic practice still tend to focus on the national canon or promote curatorial practices that rely strongly on national frameworks, e.g. in the form of national pavilions. The lecture series Aesthetic Entanglements in Transnational Literature and the Arts at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is meant as a forum to discuss literary and artistic practices of the past and present as entangled, inviting scholars working in different national philologies to probe what such an entangled approach to culture might contribute to our disciplines. Entanglement here is explicitly understood as not only limited to a question of transnational post/colonial interactions but also as an aesthetic lens that might help re-examine artistic formations and genres.


Mondays 18-20h
Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, Room 2094
Free to the public.




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(Lisa Lowe's talk unfortunately had to be cancelled; see the updated program below)


Aesthetic Entanglements in Transnational Literature and the Arts – Ästhetische Verflechtungen in transnationaler Literatur und Kunst


  1. 29.10.2018: Antrittsvorlesung Elahe Haschemi Yekani (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Up Close and Postcolonial with Fanny Price: British Literary History as Aesthetic Entanglements
  2. 12.11.2018: Lill-Ann Körber (Aarhus University): Kopenhagen und die karibische Kolonie: Kunst über Dänemark und die Virgin Islands 100 Jahre nach dem Transfer an die USA (lecture in German)
  3. 03.12.2018: Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen (ICI Berlin): Drawing a Line: German Parallelgesellschaften, the NSU, and Postmigrant Film
  4. 10.12.2018: Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa (London): Video Lecture: Visual Arts Education in Colonial Uganda
  5. 07.01.2019: Lars Eckstein (Universität Potsdam) and Anja Schwarz (Universität Potsdam): Tupaia’s Map: Indigenizing Cartography on James Cook’s Endeavour
  6. 21.01.2019: Susanne Gehrmann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Aesthetic Engagements in Francophone Afropolitanism and Afropeanism
  7. 04.02.2019: Ethel Matala de Mazza (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Theater vom fahrenden Volk. Großstadt- und Vorstadtkomödien im 19. Jahrhundert (lecture in German)


Contact: Elahe Haschemi Yekani (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)