International Conference

Between Passion and Profession: Idioms, Performances and Institutions of Critique

15.-17.11.2018, Goethe University of Frankfurt

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

From 7 pm: Informal Conference Warming over Drinks and Dinner
Meet at the reception of Hotel Nizza

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

9:45 am Registration, Tea and Coffee

10 am Opening remarks

Panel 1 – Institutions

Chair: Melissa Schuh (Goethe University Frankfurt)

10:30 am Nicola Glaubitz (Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel): Code switching as critical practice. Thoughts on the narratives and the institutional logic of (post)critique.

11:30 am Tea and Coffee break

12:00 am Julika Griem (KWI, Essen): Masters of Cool Flatness: Critiques of Critique in Novels of J.M. Coetzee, Tom McCarthy and China Miéville                             

1 pm Lunch

Panel 2 – Critique and the contemporary

Chair: Laura McAleese (Goethe University Frankfurt)


2:30 pm Julie Tanner (Queen Mary University of London): Between seduction and suspicion: Critique as a feature of contemporary fiction


3:30 pm Break (room changes for workshops)

4 pm Workshop (three concurrent talks) – Blind Spots of Postcritique

  • Workshop 1 / Chair: Miriam Zeh (Goethe University Frankfurt) 
    Maren Scheurer (Goethe University Frankfurt): Passionate Analysis? Re-Reading the Hermeneutics of Suspicion
  • Workshop 2 / Chair: Laura McAleese (Goethe University Frankfurt) 
    Johannes von Moltke (University of Michigan): After Crrritique: Critical Theory in a Postcritical Age
  • Workshop 3 / Chair: Melissa Schuh (Goethe University Frankfurt) 
    Clive Barnett (University of Exeter)Debunking Critique

5:30 pm Tea and Coffee Break


Keynote – Rita Felski (University of Virginia | University of Southern Denmark)

Chair: Melissa Schuh (Goethe University Frankfurt) 

6:00 pm Hooked: Art, Attachment, Academia


8 pm Conference Dinner at Eppstein Eck



Friday, November 16th, 2018

9:45 am Tea and Coffee

Panel 3 – Affects: Hate, Confusion and Depression

Chair: Andreas Bülhoff (Goethe University Frankfurt)

10 am Sarah Garrigan (Tufts University): Confusion as Critical Practice

11 am Jan Wilm (KWI, Essen): The Critique of Hatred

12 am Coffee break

12:30 pm Sara Heristchi (Goethe University Frankfurt): Critique and Depression in Academic Memoirs

1:30 pm Lunch

Panel 4 – Critique and empirical research

Chair: Kevin Kempke (Goethe University Frankfurt)

3 pm Lotta Bergman, Erik Karlsson, and Magnus Persson (Malmö University): Critical Reading and Ordinary Reading – Within and Beyond the Academy

4 pm Tea and Coffee break

4:30 pm: Kristina Petzold (University of  Hildesheim): Institution of Confusion? On the Process of 'Deinstitutionalization' in Digital Literary Criticism

7 pm Informal Dinner at Pak Choi


Saturday, November 17th 2018

9:45 am Tea and Coffee

Panel 5 – On the mediality of critique

Chair: Lena Vöcklinghaus (Goethe University Frankfurt)

10 am Andreas Bülhoff (Goethe University Frankfurt): Writing with / Writing against. Modes of Critique in Post-Digital Literary Discourse

11 am Christian Steinau (Ludwig-Maximilians-University München): Art Writing as Creative Practice

12 am Coffee break

12:30 Christoph Reinfandt (Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen): Findings and Doings: Non-Conscious Cognition as a For(u)m and Focus of Critique



You can download the abstracts here.