Lars Rensmann: The Politics of Unreason
The lecture will be in German.
The Politics of Unreason: The Antisemitism of the Present in the Mirror of Critical Theory
Contrary to manifold invocations in politics and the public that it is different, anti-Semitism has lost its relevance neither in the national nor in the European and global context. On the contrary, Jewish finality is often less coded today than it was a few years ago. It acts as a binding agent in different political-social milieus and cross-fronts, succeeds as everyday antisemitism in schools and among the most varied social groups, and it is increasingly gaining acceptance in changing public spaces shaped by social media especially in discussions about and against Jews.
In his new book, The Politics of Unreason, Lars Rensmann returns to the foundations of Critical Theory and acknowledges its continuing contribution to the analysis of the never-ending, revitalized, modern anti-Semitism. The lecture presents central theoretical models and illuminates the relevance of the Critical Theory of the "Frankfurt School" as a source for the analysis of the causes, phenomena and forms of a partly subtle, partly unrestrained contemporary anti-Semitism in the "post-factual" present.
Prof. Dr. Lars Rensmann is Professor of European Policy and Society and Managing Director of the Department of European Languages and Cultures at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Netherlands). Until Protected content , he headed the Department of Political Science and International Relations at John Cabot University in Rome (Italy). Rensmann also taught and researched inter alia. University of Michigan, Yale University, University of California at Berkeley, Haifa University (Israel), University of Vienna, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Humboldt University of Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. He is the author of numerous books and other publications, among others. The Politics and Resentment: Anti-Semitism and Counter-Cosmopolitanism in the European. The Politics and Resentment: Anti-Semitism and Counter-Cosmopolitanism in the European (Princeton UP, with Andrei S. Markovits, Protected content , Democracy and the Image of the Jews: Anti-Semitism in the Political Culture of the Union. (Brill, ed. With Julius H. Schoeps, Protected content , Gaming the World: How Sports are Reshaping Federal Republic of Germany (VS Verlag, Protected content .
Organized by the Alliance against Anti-Semitism Cologne, the AStA of the University of Cologne and the German-Israeli Society AG Cologne. Supported by the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, the Anne Frank Zentrum Berlin and the Student Committee of the General Assembly (StaVV) of the Humanities Faculty.
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