Sirens4bestfragmentcompressed.jpgDeutsches Haus at NYU (42 Washington Mews, New York)
March 14th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
March 15th, 9:00am - 6:00pm
March 16th, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Wyoming Building, Goethe-Institut New York, (5 3rd Street, at Bowery)
March 16th, 8:00pm - 1:00am

A famous and iconic German thinker, Friedrich Kittler passed away in 2011 in Berlin. Some of the obituaries have stated that the German university has lost its last great figure. It is no exaggeration that Friedrich Kittler has singlehandedly revolutionized the humanities. When he declared "The Expulsion of Spirit from the Humanities" ("Die Austreibung des Geistes aus den Geisteswissenschaften") in one of his early essays, he paved the way for technology and media to enter the study of literature, art, and philosophical thought. A trained philologist and literary scholar, he founded the discipline now known as "Media Theory" and he has contributed significantly to create scientific and humanistic inroads in a number of areas of critical theory and thought. Beyond his exemplary contribution to the thinking organized around technology, scientific inquiry, and medial innovation, Friedrich Kittler always also remained a prolific and subtle literary critic, who inspired students on both sides of the Atlantic with his teaching and his books, many of which have been translated into numerous languages and are taught and studied as essential texts of the Humanities.

With this commemorative colloquium, we will honor the work and person of Friedrich Kittler and will celebrate his intellectual legacy together with many outstanding scholars, performers, writers, technobodies--including disciples, students, colleagues, friends, companion spirits--of Friedrich Kittler.

Organized by Avital Ronell, Arne Höcker, and Martin Rauchbauer, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut New York and the Onassis Cultural Center NY, The Sirens Go Silent: A Commemorative Colloquium for Friedrich Kittler is made possible by the generous support of the NYU Department of German, the DAAD, the Dean for the Humanities, the NYU Department of Media, Culture & Communication, Deutsches Haus at NYU, the Humanities Initiative, and the Provost for the Arts and Humanities.

To view the video recorded lectures of the event filmed at the Deutsches Haus at NYU, please click on the following speakers:

Elisabeth Weber
Rüdiger Campe
Bernhard Siegert
Laurence A. Rickels
Chadwick Smith
David Wellbery
Berit Jane Soli-Holt
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young
Hans-Christian von Herrmann
Bernhard Dotzler
Antje Pfannkuchen
Ben Kafka