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Myths Orally Transmitted in Contemporary China

July 17, 2014

Myths Orally Transmitted in Contemporary China

Based on long-term fieldwork in China, Professor Lihui Yang will explore myths that continue to be orally transmitted in China today, with especial focus on the mythtellers, their understanding about the meaning and function of myths in their lives, as well as the multipe contexts and means for transmitting myths. Mythtelling performances by tour guides and the impact of electronic media will also be discussed in the talk.

Lihui Yang

Date: 18 July 2014
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Technische Universitaet Berlin, Straße des 17.Juni 135, EB 107  

Last Lecture in Lecture Series This Summer

July 3, 2014

The last lecture in our lecture series on religion & literature at Freie Universität Berlin is with Ulrike Brunotte on Wednesday July 9 at 6pm, Rost- und Silberlaube. Professor Brunotte will give a talk on gender and diversity issues in the field of religion and literature using the example of Salome, the daughter of Herod II and Herodias. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please come and join our speaker from Maastricht University for dinner afterwards.

Ulrike Brunotte

Date: 9 July 2014
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Freie Universität Berlin, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, Rost- und Silberlaube, room, K25/11

This Week’s Lecture by Richard Faber

June 30, 2014
Please note that this week’s lecture on religion and literatur will be given by Richard Faber. Perdita Ladwig couldn’t make it. Everything else is as normal: location, 60 min talk, 30 min questions and answers.

Richard Faber

Date: 2 July 2014
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Freie Universität Berlin, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, Rost- und Silberlaube, room, K25/11

Scripture and Writing in Literature and Religion

June 18, 2014


Our next talk will be on 25th June when our friend and colleague Linda Simonis will lecture on scripture and writing in religion and literature. As all lectures in our series this talk is free and open to allno ticket required.

The Self-Referencing of Scripture in Literature: ‘Sacred Writings’

Linda Simonis

Date: 25 June 2014
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Freie Universität Berlin, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, Rost- und Silberlaube, room, K25/11

The Imaginary of Present-Day Scandinavian Subculture

June 13, 2014

Stefanie von Schnurbein (Berlin)
11 June 2014

Art-as-Religion in Nordic Culture: Germanic Neopaganism in Popular Music and Literature

In her Wednesday lecture, Stefanie von Schnurbein, professor of modern Scandinavian literatures at the Humboldt University in Berlin, offered us a disturbing peek into the abyss of the imaginary of present-day Scandinavian subculture. Focusing on popular or avant-garde literary and musical genres such as fantasy literature, Viking Metal, Neofolk, and Black Metal, Professor von Schnurbein revealed the controversial ideological baggage present in the texts and art forms propagated by Scandinavian Neo-Pagans. Its ideological and artistic roots were traced back to the distorted fabrications of northern pagan culture with its exalted and threatening notes of nationalism and anti-modernity, as it was concocted in post-Enlightenment Europe by figures such as Friedrich Gottlieb Kloppstock, Johann Gottfried Herder, Richard Wagner, Julius Langbehn of the Bayreuth Circle, and others. The controversial role of J. R. R. Tolkien was also thematized. Read more…

Passion Play in the 19th Century

June 11, 2014

Save the date: Our next talk is on Wednesday 18th June when Andrea Polaschegg will give us a lecture on passion play in the 19th century.

The Impact of the Passion Play in the 19th Century: Politics, History, Trancendence

Andrea Polaschegg

Date: 18 June 2014
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Freie Universität Berlin, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, Rost- und Silberlaube, room K25/11

The Buddha in German Poetry

June 11, 2014

Buddha in deutscher Dichtung

A new volume edited by Heinrich Detering, Maren Ermisch and Pornsan Watanangura brings together a stunning array of scholarly essays on the varying adaptations and transformations of Buddhism in Germanic literature from the 19th to the 20th century: Der Buddha in der deutschen Dichtung: Zur Rezeption des Buddhismus in der frühen Moderne (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2014). The historically rich and theoretically insightful contributions demonstrate how Buddhist writings, artworks, and practices have entered into Germanic literary and philosophical discourse. Beginning with the emergence of Buddhist Studies in Western Europe, the essays analyze and discuss a vast range of exemplary cases: Schopenhauer, Wagner, Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, Rilke, Döblin, Karl Gjellerup, Hesse, and Brecht. Altogether, the articles, written by some of today’s leading Germanists and Buddhist Scholars, provide excellent insights the ways by which Buddhist images and figures of thought have motivated and informed multiple traditions of the West. The volume appears in Wallstein’s Manhattan Manuscripts Series edited by Eckart Goebel, Paul Fleming and John Hamilton.

John T. Hamilton