Konferenzen, Tagungen

Organitechnoscience. Invective Dynamics of a Paradigm Shift in Literary Discourse, online


7-9 October 2020, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle | TU Dresden, SFB 1285 "Invektivität"

Online-conference in English and German.

Since the second half of the 20th century, a fundamental paradigm shift can be observed in the scientific discourses of various disciplines: The separation between the organic and the technical, which has shaped the "Western" history of ideas for centuries and has structured their imaginations continuously, seems to have been abolished.

This paradigm shift - from separation to hybridization - turns out to be a multifaceted process and becomes the scene of a contested terrain of epochal naming practices: Previously unthinkable associations such as "naturecultures" (Haraway 2003) or relations such as "écotechnie" (Nancy 2007), which emphasize a hybridization of the organic and the technical, also replace the era of "technoscience" proclaimed in the last quarter of the 20th century (Latour 1987, Angerer 1999).

The fact that Literary Studies marks a central place for these negotiations is due to its fundamental nature. For its part, Literary Studies has always been inter- and transdisciplinary, fed by figures of thought from Philosophy, Sociology of Science and Cultural Studies. A large number of the newer and newest approaches in the discourse on literature work on the basis of technical and organic figurations such as the hybrid (Mecklenburg 2008), but also the swarm (Horn/Gisi 2009), the diffraction (Kaiser/Thiele 2017) or the grafting (Wirth 2011).

Technicity and organicity are increasingly becoming interrelationships of complex associations, scandalous intersections and closely interwoven entanglements, which are summarized in the international conference under the era of an organitechnoscience. From this point of view, the violent and invective dynamics that scientific critique in general and claimed paradigm shifts in particular produce constitutively should also become negotiable.

The discussion will focus on organic-technical figures of thought in German-language texts that deal with literature in various ways (literary theory, literature on literature, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, essayism) and their integration into processes of degradation with regard to other positions of knowledge, disciplinary practices and social contexts.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will take place online.


Wednesday, October 7, 2020 

14:00 - 14:15GREETING - Julia Prager (TU Dresden) und Sarah Neelsen (Sorbonne Nouvelle) 
14:15 - 15:30Panel I - Keynote: Lars Koch (TU Dresden) Ernst Jüngers „Organische Konstruktion“. Beobachtungen zu einem Paradigmenwechsel des Heldischen in den Materialschlachten des Ersten Weltkriegs // Kyung-Ho Cha (Universität Bayreuth) Postheroischer Realismus (Ernst Jünger) 
15:30 - 16:00Break 
16:00 - 17:00Panel II - Barbara di Noi (Università Degli Studi di Firenze) Organismus und Maschinerie in Benjamins Passagen-Werk // Aleksandra Lendzinska (Université Paris-Est Créteil) Eine biopolitische Annährung an die contrainte (Formzwang) von Oskar Pastior 
17:00 - 17:30Break 
17:30 - 18:30Performance - Daniel Falb (Lyriker, Berlin) Gewächshaus der Sprache 

Thursday, October 8, 2020 

14:00 - 15:00Panel III - Alessia Pannese (University of Oxford) The paradigm of automaticity in German biophysics and philosophy // Cyril de Beun (KU Leuven) Organitechnische Hybride in der Literaturtheorie: Das produktive Spannungsverhältnis zwischen Rhetorik und Interdiskursivität 
15:00 - 15:30Break 
15:30 - 16:30Panel IV - Nadine Lordick (TU Braunschweig) Maschinen der Hölle? Strafvorstellungen in Albers von Windberg Tnugdalus // Alexander Waszynski (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg/TU Braunschweig) Wortvereine. Jean Pauls Umsetzung des Mensch-Maschine-Diskurses 
16:30 - 17:00Break 
17:00 - 17:30Panel V - Sebastian Donat (Universität Innsbruck) Urei, Garstiges Gezücht und Emporsteigerung: Organische und technische Perspektiven auf Überlagerungen und Wechselwirkungen bei Goethe und anderswo  
17:30 - 18:30Roundtable - Annäherungen, Wechselwirkungen und Abgrenzungen des Organischen und des Technischen (18./19. Jahrhundert)  

Friday, October 9, 2020 

14:00 - 15:00Panel VI - Monika Szczepaniak (Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego w Bydgoszczy, PL) Aero-Logik der Literatur. Eine organotechnische Perspektive // Tanja Prokic (TU Desden) Gestalt und Wahnsinn. Diagrammatisches Vorleben 
15:00 - 15:30Break 
15:30 - 17:00Panel VII - Chair: Anne-Isabelle Francois (Unviersité Sorbonne Nouvelle). Speakers: Pierre-Louis Patoine (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) Eating dog, feeling concrete: architectural empathy in J. G. Ballard’s High Rise // Katarzyna Wieckowska (Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu) Hybridizations: Texts and Lifeworlds in Jeannette Winterson’s Novels // Teresa Kovacs (Indiana University Bloomington) On Blasphemy, Irony, and Replication: Reading Christoph Schlingensief through the Cyborg 
17:00 - 17:15Farewell - Julia Prager und Sarah Neelsen


Acces and participation on registration. Please send an email to: organitechno@sciencesconf.org

Programme and further information: https://organitechno.sciencesconf.org/


Contact Info: 

Dr. Sarah Neelsen, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris / Dr. Julia Prager, TU Dresden

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Literatur und Kulturwissenschaften/Cultural Studies, Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts, Literatur des 21. Jahrhunderts




Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3
Technische Universität Dresden (TUD)
SFB 1285 "Invektivität"
Datum der Veröffentlichung: 02.10.2020
Letzte Änderung: 02.10.2020