Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco
Wednesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 9, 2014, Various Locations, San Francisco

City Lights Booksellers in conjunction with Contemporary Jewish Museum, Goethe Institut San Francisco, Harvard University Press, Mechanics' Institute Library, San Francisco Art Institute, Program in Critical Theory at University of California Berkeley

present

Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco

A week-long event celebrating the life and work of one of the twentieth century's great thinkers  

Begining on Wednesday, November 5 and lasting through Sunday November 9, 2014

Lectures, Roundtables, Installations, and Film Screenings

with Finn Brunton, Joshua Clover, Mary Ann Doane, Howard Eiland, Karen Feldman, Katherine Flynn, Wlad Godzich, Martin Jay, Michael Jennings, Robert Kaufman, Chris Kraus, Linus Lancaster, Joseph Lease, David Meltzer, Victoria Nelson, Lecia Rosenthal, Michael Saler, Uwe Steiner, Scott Thompson, Mark Van Proyen, Lindsay Waters, Judith Wechsler, Paul Yamazaki, and Frederick Young.

For more information visit:

www.hauntedreflections.net

for a full schedule and description of sessions, times and locations, biographies of the participants, and source materials

 

AGENDA:

Session One: Angel of History at the Gates of the West

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

Location: City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Moderated by Paul Yamazaki, with Lindsay Waters, Howard Eiland, Mike Jennings

Admission: Free

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Session Two: The Arcades: From Haussman's Paris to Occupy Wall Street

Roundtable and film screening premier of Judith Wechsler's "The Passages of Walter Benjamin"

Date & Time: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:00 P.M.

Location: Mechanics' Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104

Moderated by Lindsay Waters, with Howard Eiland, Catherine Flynn, Uwe Steiner, Judith Wechsler,

Admission: General Public $15.00, Members Free

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Session Three: Curating Benjamin: The Task Of The Philologist On Walter Benjamin's Life and Afterlife In Postumous Editions Of His Work

Date and Time: Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:00 P.M.

Location: Goethe Institute, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Uwe Steiner in conversation with Karen Feldman

Admission: Free

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Session Four: RADIO FREE BENJAMIN

Date and Time: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Location: San Francisco Art Institute, Location TBA, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 93133

Lecia Rosenthal joined by Linus Lancaster and Fred Young

Admission: Free

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Session Five: Shattered Illuminations: Revisiting The Work Of Art In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction

Date and Time: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Location: San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, Lecture Hall, San Francisco, CA 94133

Roundtable discussion with Finn Brunton, Mary Ann Doane, Michael Jennings, and Martin Jay, moderated by Lindsay Waters.

Admission: Free

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Session Six:  Walter Benjamin's Last Snapshot/ From Ethnographic Surrealism to Cyber-Somatism

Date and Time: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 2:15 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Location: San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, Lecture Hall, San Francisco, CA 94133

A roundtable discussion with Michael Saler and Mark Van Proyen, moderated by Frederick Young.

Admission: Free

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Session Seven: Walter Benjamin and the Two Angels

Date and Time: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 3:00 P.M. to 3:50 P.M.

Location: San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, Lecture Hall, San Francisco, CA 94133

A lecture by Victoria Nelson

Admission: Free

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Session Eight: Walter Benjamin & Experimental Psychopathology In The Weimar Republic

Date and Time: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 4:00 P.M. to 4:50 P.M.

Location: San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, Lecture Hall, San Francisco, CA 94133

A lecture by Scott Thompson

Admission: Free

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Session Nine: The Politics of Memory at the End of Time/The Legacy of Walter Benjamin

Date and Time: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Location: San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, Lecture Hall, San Francisco, CA 94133

Roundtable discussion with Wlad Godzich, Finn Brunton, and Uwe Steiner. Moderated by Frederick Young.

Admission: Free

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Session Ten: Walter Benjamin & Judaism /Two Lectures

Date and Time: Sunday, November 9, 2014, 12:30 P.M.

Location: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103

Lectures by Martin Jay and David Meltzer, followed by a roundtable discussion moderated by Robert Kaufman

Admission: Free after museum admission charge - Adults $12.00, Students & Seniors $10.00

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For more details visit:

www.hauntedreflections.net

 

 


Books related to this event:

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Walter Benjamin
A Critical Life
Howard Eiland, Michael W. Jennings
2013 Edition
Walter Benjamin is one of the twentieth century's most important intellectuals, and also one of its most elusive. His writings--mosaics incorporating philosophy, literary criticism, Marxist analysis, and a syncretistic theology--defy simple categorization. And his mobile, often improvised existence has proven irresistible to mythologizers.