CONF 08.10.2005

Image and Imagination (New York, 13-15 Oct 05)

Bernd Huppauf

Image and Imagination
International Conference

13. - 15. October 2005

New York University,
Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003

During the last decades, the growing importance of images has triggered
intensive public debate. Following the "linguistic turn" of the humanities
during the 20th Century, an "iconic turn" could lead to an equally
fundamental reconstitution not only of the humanities but also of our ways
of communication. The conference will bring together experts from the USA
and Europe who will address issues of the individual and collective
imagination in creating and understanding images.

Sponsored by Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD); The Humanities
Council; Department of German; Deutsches Haus; The Center for European
Studies; Sonderforschungsbereich "Kulturen des Performativen", Freie
Universität Berlin

For Conference Description see:

Conference Program

Thursday 13 October 2005


Introduction (Bernd Hüppauf and Christoph Wulf)


Theories of the Visual Imagination

W.J.T. Mitchell: The Unimaginable and the Unspeakable
Christoph Wulf: Mimesis, Image, and Imagination




Contemporary Art and Image Theory

Video presentation by artist Gabriele Leidloff (Berlin)
Imaging and Imagining the Face. Image Generating Techniques and What They Do
Not Generate
Round Table Discussion with Claude Ghez, Gabriele Leidloff, David Poeppel


Catered Lunch for registered conference participants at the Torch Club, 18
Waverly Place

Afternoon session at Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center Rm 101, 32 Waverly


Constructing Images 1

Lisa Cartwright and Morana Alac: Affect, Identification, and Embodied
Experience: Participant Observation in MRI and Robotics
Britta Schinzel: The body in medical imaging between reality and

Friday 14 October 2005

Morning sessions at Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews


Constructing Images 2

Anthony Movshon and collaborators: Images and the Neurosciences



11:00 - 12:00

Keynote Address

Peter Sloterdijk: Image and Imagination
Followed by reception
Location: Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center Rm 101, 32 Waverly Place

Afternoon sessions at Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews


Creating Images and the Visual Imagination

Gabriele Brandstetter: Doodling, Scraping, and Painting Over. Erasure as a
Narrative Technique

Dieter Mersch: Imagination and Creativity



15:45 -17:15

Rituals as Images

Michael Taussig: Ritual Aspects of Vision as in Abu Gharaib and the Colors
of the "Fascination of the Abomination"

Rebecca Schneider: A Small History of Images as Ritual: Reenactment and the
Optical Unconsciousness




Imagining Moving Images

Gertrud Koch: Moving and Removing Images: The Cinematic Construction

Erika Fischer-Lichte: Performative Spaces and Imagined Spaces


Conference Dinner

Saturday 15 October 2005
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews


Signs, Perception and the Senses

Gunter Gebauer: Language games and Imagination

Roland Posner: Synaesthesia. Physiological Diagnosis, Practice of
Perception, Art Program - A Semiotic Re-analysis




The Images' Fuzzy Logic

Gottfried Boehm: The Logic of the Indeterminate

Bernd Hüppauf: Blurring Lines and Creating Spaces for the Imagination


Catered Lunch for registered conference participants


Imaging and the Intuitive Self

Karlheinz Kohl: Popular Images and the Conception of Self

Ludger Schwarte: Intuition and Imagination. How to see something that isn't




Entertaining the Imagination with Images

Ludwig Pfeiffer: Sport Rituals, Media Images, and the Imaginary

Martin Puchner: Kierkegaards Shadow Figures and the Ethics of Squinting


Final Discussion, chaired by Marvin Carlson

All panels on Thursday, October 13, 2005 take place at the Center for
European Studies. All Panels on Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October
15, 2005 take place at Deutsches Haus. The venue of the Keynote Address is
Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center Room 101, and the lecture by Peter
Sloterdejk will take place at the Silver Center Room 405.

Contact Information:
Jennifer Denbo, NYU Center for European Studies -
Dr. Kathrin DiPaola, NYU Deutsches Haus -

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