As a literary and social critic, essayist, radio broadcaster, and philosopher, Walter Benjamin made critical contributions to the way we think about modernity. He has come to be recognized as one of the twentieth century’s most important intellectuals. His mosaic style of writing incorporated ideas from philosophy, art, literary criticism, aesthetics, Marxist theory, and syncretistic theology. With his pioneering studies of modern media and critique of commodity capitalism, he proved himself a visionary who could foresee the conditions that would later lead to the internet and globalization.
In a week-long series of events, City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in conjunction with its academic and curatorial partners, revisit his life and ideas, utilizing Benjamin's text as a lens through which to observe the sweeping socio-political changes that have enwrapped both the Bay Area and the globe. Through lectures, roundtables, installations, and film screenings, the goal is a total immersion in Walter Benjamin's ideas and how they can be applied to our present situation.
Haunted Reflections features the participation of Finn Brunton, Mary Ann Doane, Howard Eiland, Karen Feldman, Wlad Godzich, Martin Jay, Michael W. Jennings, Robert Kaufman, Linus Lancaster, David Meltzer, Victoria Nelson, Lecia Rosenthal, Uwe Steiner, Scott J. Thompson, Lindsay Waters, Judith Wechsler, Frederick Young, and others.
This event is produced by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers in conjunction with the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Goethe Institut San Francisco, Harvard University Press, the Program in Critical Theory at University of California Berkeley, The Mechanics' Institute Library, and the San Francisco Art Institute.
Presented by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers
in conjunction with The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Goethe Institut San Francisco, Harvard University Press, Mechanics' Institute Library, San Francisco Art Institute, Program in Critical Theory at the University of California Berkeley
with additional funding from the Sher Family Hotel Healdsburg Fund, the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation, and the Healdsburg Education Foundation
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