death | text | resonance - Simone Weil and Writing To(wards) Death

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: thomas.sojer@uni-graz.at
Deadline: 01.03.2020
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Ort: Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt; diffrakt Berlin
Datum: 01.07.2020
Uhrzeit: 20:00 Uhr
Ende: 04.07.2020 22:00
Veranstaltende Institution: trans | disziplin Simone Weil den?kollektiv

Together with Simone Kotva (University of Cambridge) and Hartmut Rosa (University of Jena/Max-Weber-Kolleg), we will trace the movements of textual experiments that search for and attempt to approach that which we cannot understand but sometimes experience, that is, the infinite, the numinous, and the ineffable. Simone Weil’s texts will provide our workshop with a constant reference point, amid participants’ differing approaches of writing (to)wards death, darkness and existential uncertainty. Against this backdrop, we will confront and challenge contemporary questions raised by scholars in philosophy, sociology, economics and psychology about the nature of the proverbial “good life.” We will do this by entering into a transdisciplinary dialogue with Hartmut Rosa's ‘Sociology of Our Relationship to the World,’ which raises questions about how far it is possible to ‘resonate’ with death and what particular functions literary practices assume in this context. In addition, we will attend to the role of the attention and will in such endeavors, aided by Simone Kotva’s work on ‘Effort and Grace.’ Each participant is asked to submit selected passages by Simone Weil and/or other writers (15 pages maximum) prior to June 1st, 2020. These passages will be collected and distributed among participants two weeks in advance. The four-days of our workshop will follow the principle of dialogue, realized via multiple practices and forms of reading, thinking and discussing together.

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