Book presentation: Das Janusgesicht Europas
The book cover of "The Janus Face of Europe" in neutral design.
Discussion with the author Götz Großklaus and Jesús Muñoz Morcillo
Wed, September 08, 2021 7 pm CEST, Talk
Language: German

Götz Großklaus discusses his work »Das Janusgesicht Europas. Zur Kritik des kolonialen Diskurses« with the philologist and media scholar Jesús Muñoz Morcillo.

Why is the mental program of colonialism still so relevant globally today? It resonates in a multitude of literary texts that spread, normalize and legitimize the core message of the racially inferior »other« worldwide.

»Das Janusgesicht Europas. Zur Kritik des kolonialen Diskurses« (2017) by Götz Großklaus traces the repressed colonial prehistory of Europe's position as a world power and shows the continuity of the colonial process up to the present day of its global networking. The analysis of colonial events is carried out on the basis of fictional and non-fictional texts in the historical and systemic context of colonial world power. European self-reflection thus opens up ways of freeing oneself from the unacknowledged after-effects of colonial action and thought.

The event will be held in German.

Götz Großklaus (Prof. em. Dr.), born 1933, is Professor emeritus at the Institute for Neuere Deutsche Philologie at the University (TH) of Karlsruhe (now: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT). He co-founded the Institute for Applied Culture Studies at the University (TH) Karlsruhe and was Associate Professor for Media History at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe as well as Visiting professor at the Cairo University (1974-76), Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne (1983) and at the Istanbul Universitesi Beyazit (1995). Main Field of Research: Comparative Literature / Culture Studies, Semiotics, Theory of Media.

Jesús Muñoz Morcillo studied classical philology in Salamanca and Würzburg as well as art history and media theory at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), where he wrote his doctoral thesis on the work of the media art pioneer Stephan von Huene. Since 2009 he has been an associate researcher in the field of artists' archives and a lecturer in art studies at the HfG Karlsruhe and works at the ZAK | Centre for Applied Cultural Studies and Studium Generale at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His main areas of expertise include communication and language theory, the field of art and technology and the digital transmission of media art.

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