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Thursday March 14 | Session 15:35 - 17:05University Theatre Building | University Theatre
This lecture performance is based on 30 confidential interviews with academic philosophers in Germany (professors, junior faculty, and students) on their reading habits and professional life. One aspect of these interviews that struck me in particular and will be my focus here, is that several of the interviewees told me that that some of their most central convictions in philosophy and certain points of view regarding their working life at the university they had harboured for years but would never reveal openly in their professional environment. While some people were very aware of this contradiction between what they think and what they are prepared to say openly, others were only partly conscious of it. In both cases it was apparent that these contradictions made them discontent or sad or somewhat crazy and it made them deduct or dream up a range of explanations about what is wrong with academic philosophy. In the end, it made them develop different – often very personal – ways out of this contradiction. In this lecture performance I want to name some of the beliefs, taboos and double binds that seem to reside within philosophy departments, make assumptions how they arise and describe how academics try to deal with them.

Veronika Reichl (Dr. phil) works as a writer, lecturer and artist in Berlin.
Her performance lectures, installations and films are shown at many exhibitions and festivals (e.g. European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, 2017, Macht_Denken, Leipzig, 2016; Cyberfest, New York, Bogota, Sankt Petersburg, 2015/2016). She received her PhD in the field of Art, Design and Media from the University of Portsmouth. Her book Sprachkino [Language-Cinema] describes in the interface between abstract, philosophical language and pictorial media.


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