Gertrud Koch – The Oldest System Programme of German Idealism and the Newest Film Theories



Event Date 8 – 9 May 2013

Room 22/26
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy


Romantic Transdisciplinarity: Art and the New Conference

2011–2013 (AHRC 914469)

This conference is dedicated to discussion of the transdisciplinary legacies of early German Romanticism in contemporary theory and practice in the arts and humanities, with particular reference to the construction of the concepts ‘art’ and ‘the new’. Themes to be discussed include: Romanticism and disciplinarity; aesthetics as a transdisciplinary field; transdisciplinary constructions of art, nature and the new; medium, media and transmedia as transdisciplinary concepts.

The conference is in collaboration with the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Professor Gertrud Koch (Film Studies, Free University Berlin) – The Oldest System Programme of German Idealism and the Newest Film Theories

Starting with the history of the editions of The Oldest System Programme of German Idealism, I will explore how this fragment has shaped central thoughts in Film Theory and inspired a hidden Romantic legacy in film philosophers like Jacques Rancière. The radical assumptions in the fragment prompted a sharp turn in political aesthetics that is still at work.

Gertrud Koch is Professor of Film Studies at the Free University in Berlin, where she is the director of a research center on aesthetic experience She has taught at many international universities and was a Research Fellow at the Getty Center. She has written books on Herbert Marcuse and Siegfried Kracauer, feminist film theory, and the representation of Jewish history. She has edited numerous volumes on aesthetics, perception and and film theory. She is a co-editor and board member of the journals Babylon, Frauen und Film, October, Constellations and Philosophy & Social Criticism.






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