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Münster Lectures - A Dialogue Between Literature and Theory

The Münster Lectures seek to combine the merits of theoretical and literary insight, inviting both a well-known scholar and prominent a writer to discuss current debates, scholastic and social likewise. Shedding new light on controversial debates functions as a mode of cultural encounter, the lectures and discussions are open for participation to scholars, students, and the interested public. The Münster Lectures strengthen not only the interdisciplinary exchange among members of the university, but also bridges a gap between the university and the city of Münster

Münster Lectures 2020
July 19, 2020 | 5-7 pm | Picasso-Museum, Münster

This year´s Münster Lectures will take place in the course of the Summer School 2020 - Tacet ad Libitum: Towards a Poetics and Politics of Silence.  In this occasion, Jane Njeri Kamau (Jennifer) from International Women’s Space Berlin will share her story of being a refugee woman in Germany and of the importance of self-reliance. Jennifer’s talk will be complemented by Gayatri Spivak’s presentation on subaltern women and discourses of silence/-ing. These two lectures will be followed by a moderated dialogue between the two speakers and a public discussion.
The Münster Lectures are free and open to the public.

The Lecture takes place on July 19th, 2020 from 5 to 7 pm at the Picasso-Museum in Münster.

Münster Lectures 2018

Theory and Practice in Feminism* Today?

Jan. 12, 2018 I 7pm I Lecture Hall JO1 (Johannisstr. 4)

The international Women's March in January and the #MeToo debate show it clearly: Feminism is booming. But how do these grassroots movements relate to academic practice? What's up with Alice Schwarzer's recent allegations that gender studies a la Judith Butler is too abstract and unworldly?

2018's Münster Lectures deal with the relationship between feminist theory and activism. To this end, the organizers invited cultural theorist Laina Dawes from the Department of Music at Columbia University (USA) and Sonia Eismann, co-founder, co-publisher and editor-in-chief of Missy Magazine: Magazin für Pop, Politik und Feminismus (Berlin, Germany).

The discussion is part of the student conference Pop Hero and Action Princess: Negotiating Gender in Popular Culture, which is organized by doctoral students of GS PoL, among others.


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Münster Lectures 2016

"The Selfishness of Others"

3.11.2016 I 19:00 Uhr I SpecOps Münster

The GS PoL is pleased to welcome Dr. Kristin Dombek to a reading for Münster Lectures 2016 on the topic of "The Selfishness of Others" from her recently published book The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism.

The reading and the following discussion will be moderated by Marie Schmidt, literary editor of the German newspaper DIE ZEIT.

A workshop on November 4th and the reading is organized by the Graduate School Practices of Literature of the School of Philology of the WWU Münster in cooperation with the Research Training Group Literary Form and the smartNETWORK. If you would like to participate in the workshop "Writing Narcissism - Rhetoric of Self and Selfishness in Literary and Academic Writing" please apply at m.conrad@uni-muenster.de (Coordinator of the GS, Dr. Maren Conrad).

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Münster Lectures 2015

Digital Society

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Münster Lectures 2014:

The Perfected Human Being

The Münster Lectures 2014 will deal with the issue of developments in genetic research and its ethic consequences. We are glad to welcome Charlotte Kerner (writer) and Prof. Dr. Bettina Schöne-Seifert (expert on medical ethics) to this years Münster Lectures.

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Everyone interested in the issue of developments in genetic research and its ethic consequences is cordially invited to attend the Münster Lectures 2014. The program is scheduled as followes:

16.06. 2014, 20 p.m.
Lecture: Prof. Dr. Bettina Schöne-Seifert, Zeitungslesesaal, Stadtbibliothek, Alter Steinweg 11, Münster

17. 06.2014, 18.30 p.m.
Lecture: Charlotte Kerner, Hörsaal S9, Schlossplatz 2

For further information please contact:

Katharina Müller

Münster Lectures 2012

Der Sinn der Arbeit

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