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Referent/in:Dr. Tabish Khair, Aarhus
Thema:Leisure, Reading and Digitalization
Beschreibung:The Korean-German philosopher, Byung-Chul Han, has repeatedly highlighted that contemplation - or the ability and space to pay 'deep attention' - is the very hallmark of civilisation. He has suggested that this tendency is under threat by digitalisation and related developments, partly also because of our current and excessive privileging of 'transparency.' In that context, it has to be noted that literature is the kind of writing that demands deep attention - and repeated excavations of meaning. Language is never transparent in literature. In fact, language is not enough: no major work of literature uses language with a 'business school' expectation of transparent communication. One always has to return to the language or literature, dive under its surface, hold it up to another light, listen for its gaps and contradictions, its silences. That is the reason why literature remains the best antidote to fundamentalism - religious, political or economic. This need for 'contemplation' brings to the forefront of discussions of culture a critique of the idea of speed or acceleration. From being the index of sloth and hence non-thinking, at least a type of leisure becomes essential to thinking. This paper will examine these and related matters, but also put them in the context of class and privilege, particularly with reference to Indian literature in English.

Der Vortrag findet statt im Rahmen der Vorlesung Survey of English Literature I - Middle Ages to 18th Century (Eva von Contzen, Engl. Seminar)

Vortrag in englischer Sprache
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Veranstaltende Institution:SFB 1015 Muße und Englisches Seminar

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Ansprechpartner/in:Dr. Tilman Kasten
Zeit:06.11.2018 14:15
Ort:KG I, HS 1199
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