Invited guest speakers

ARJUN APPADURAI is the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where he is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. He has served as Honorary Professor and Distinguished Professor at many schools all over the world. He is the founder and now the President of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research), a non-profit organization based in and oriented to the city of Mumbai (India).

Professor Appadurai has authored numerous books and scholarly articles, including Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Duke 2006) and Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization, (Minnesota 1996; Oxford India 1997). His books have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese and Italian. Appadurai’s latest book, The Future as a Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition was published by Verso in 2013.

He has also served as a consultant or advisor to a wide range of public and private organizations, including many major foundations (Ford, MacArthur, and Rockefeller); UNESCO; UNDP; the World Bank; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the National Science Foundation; and the Infosys Foundation. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Asian Art Initiative at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Forum D’Avignon in Paris. He also acts as a consultant in the Creative Europe Pproject 4Cs – From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture, coordenated by Universidade Católica Portuguesa. He further belongs to the International Advisory Board of CECC – Research Centre for Communication and Culture, Lisbon.

LECTURE: The Phantom Heimat: Pain and Exclusion of Migrants in Europe Today
Wed., July 4, 17h30, Culturgest

MONIKA SCHMITZ-EMANS is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Ruhr University Bochum. She is the author of several books about modern and contemporary literature, such as Die Literatur, die Bilder und das Unsichtbare (1999), Seetiefen und Seelentiefen: Literarische Spiegelungen innerer und äußerer Fremde (2003), Einführung in die Literatur der Romantik (2004), Poetiken der Verwandlung (2008), Franz Kafka. Epoche – Werk – Wirkung (2010), Literatur-Comics. Adaptationen und Transformationen der Weltliteratur (2012). From 1999 to 2005 she was the president of the German Association of General and Comparative Literature (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft – DGAVL). She was Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (USA) in 2002, Visiting Guest Professor at the Tateshina Symposium (Japanese Association of German Studies) in 2009, Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison (USA) in 2011, and Visiting Guest Professor at the Sorak Symposium (Korean Association of German Studies) in 2013 . She is Member of the Academia Europaea since 2005, and Executive Council Member of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), since 2011 as Chair of the Balakian Committee. Her research areas include: European Literatures from 18th to 21st centuries; Poetics and Literary Theory, Literature and the other Arts, Literature, Images and Visuality.

LECTURE: The World and the Self from A to Z: Literary Dictionaries as Media of Information and Reflection
Fri., July 6, 16h30, UCP