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Workshop "Arendt in the Aufbau"

Feb 19, 2024 | 09:30 AM - 05:30 PM

Organized by Na'ama Rokem. Event with Na'ama Rokem, Annette Vowinckel and Thomas Wild  

Hannah Arendt is known in different public and academic circles for different reasons: as the author of the controversial Eichmann in Jerusalem and a critic of Zionism and Israel; as a theorizer of the human condition of natality, and of narrative as a source of meaning; as a political thinker who probed concepts such as judgement, action, and revolution; or as a (not always insightful) commentator on American politics and race relations. Her biography is similarly diverse, leading from the German academic circles of Heidegger, Bultmann, and Jaspers in the 1920s, to Zionist activist circles in the 1930s and 1940s, to involvement in the politics of Jewish postwar cultural reconstruction and her work for the Schocken publishing house, to American Academia (including the University of Chicago, famously) in the 1950s and 1960s. One way to gage this diversity and consider its implications for her thinking and its reception is to consider the different languages and different venues in which she published. This workshop is part of a larger collaborative project that maps Arendt's multiple connections by using the lens of Periodical Studies. Our focus for this gathering will be Arendt's publications in the New York based German Language periodical Aufbau. [Text from the event page.]

Na'ama Rokem is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature & NELC at the University of Chicago and co-editor of Kleine Schriften II. Annette Vowinckel (ZZF Potsdam) and Thomas Wild (Bard College, New York) are general editors of the Critical Edition and co-editors of the Origins of Totalitarianism / the volumes The Human Condition / Vita Activa and Men in Dark Times.

Further information can be found on the event website (link below).

Time & Location

Feb 19, 2024 | 09:30 AM - 05:30 PM

University of Chicago,
1155 East 60th Street Building,
Room 319


  • Annette Vowinckel
  • Aufbau
  • Hannah Arendt
  • Na'ama Rokem
  • Thomas Wild
  • Workshop