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Andreas Kilcher: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2016

Name Prof. Dr. Andreas Kilcher
FieldLiterature and Cultural Studies
Literatur- u. Kulturwiss., Kilcher
ETH Zürich, RZ H 1.2
Clausiusstrasse 59
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 79 20
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences
RelationshipFull Professor

851-0300-60LFranz Kafka. Modernism's Literary Knowledge3 credits2VA. Kilcher
AbstractThe course offers an overview of Kafka's texts while revealing a twofold perspective. On the one hand, the text as a literary composition occupies central stage; at the same time, however, the aim is to understand the interrelatedness of these texts with cultural, political, economical and literary discourse of Kafka's time.
Objective1) Students are acquainted with Kafka's texts; 2) students are familiar with the historical, cultural and political contexts of Kafka's work; 3) students gain insight in Kafka's process of writing; 4) students gain insight into the nature of knowledge of Kafka's texts.
851-0301-03LGoethe: Literature and Natural Science3 credits2SA. Kilcher
AbstractIn addition to literature, Goethe immersed himself in studies of geology, physics and botany. In combining empirical methods with speculations, he conceived a holistic concept of nature. We will analyze and contextualize this concept as to its epistemic status, but also with regard to Goethe's literary works ("Faust", "Wahlverwandschaft", "Weltallroman").
Objective- Analysis of Goethe's writings on the natural sciences
- historical contextualization of these writings around 1800
- understand epistemic connection between Goethe's literary and scientific work
- understand the relation between literature and science with the methods of the history and poetics of knowledge
- Goethe: Schriften zur Naturwissenschaft. Reclam UB 9866
- Goethe: Faust I. Reclam UB 1
- Goethe: Wahlverwandtschaften. Reclam UB 7835
851-0550-01LColloquium Postgraduate Programme "History of Knowledge" Restricted registration - show details
Only for doctoral students of Graduate Center "History of Knowledge".
2 credits2KM. Hagner, M. Dommann, H. Fischer-Tiné, S. Goltermann, D. Gugerli, A. Kilcher, P. Sarasin, J. Tanner
AbstractThe colloquium is an essential part of the postgraduate programme "history of knowledge" dealing with the history of modern knowledge systems in a broad sense. In the analysis of the various systems of knowledge the programme seeks to combine approaches from the fields of Philosophy, History of Science and Technology as well as Social, Economic and Cultural History.
ObjectiveThe objective of the colloquium is to train the participants in the history of knowledge, to give an insight into different methodological perspectives of all disciplines involved, to practice presentations and develop an understanding of specific problems of interdisciplinary cooperation.
862-0002-15LResearch Colloquium History of Knowledge (FS 2016) Restricted registration - show details
Only for MAGPW students, D-GESS PHD and D-ARCH PHD students.
This colloquium is highly recommended for first and second semester MAGPW students.
2 credits1K + 1AM. Hagner, M. Hampe, K. M. Espahangizi, H. Fischer-Tiné, D. Gugerli, A. Kilcher, P. Sarasin, J. Tanner, P. Ursprung, L. Wingert
AbstractThe colloquium of the ZGW focuses on present developments, debates and perspectives in the field of history of knowledge.
ObjectiveThe colloquium deals with the general problems, questions and methods of the interdisciplinary research field "The history of knowledge". Knowledge has become one of the existential conditions of modern societies and it increasingly determines their dynamics. Therefore, it is getting more and more relevant to develop a differentiated analysis of the epistemic, social and cultural constraints of the production, circulation and the decay of knowledge. In addition, the colloquium asks after the cultural and ethical resonances of knowledge not only within science but also in relation to art, literature, technology, everyday life, and so on.
Prerequisites / NoticeKurzfristige Veranstaltungshinweise und Programmänderungen werden über den ZGW Newsletter kommuniziert, daher bitte auf eintragen!

Kreditpunkte können durch regelmässige Teilnahme und die Abfassung eines Essays (o.ä.m., Umfang: 5-7 Seiten) über das Thema eines der Vorträge erworben werden. Zusätzlich zu den Kolloquiumsterminen muss an einem weiteren Termin (nach Absprache anfangs Semester) ein vertiefendes Begleitseminar besucht werden (Dozent: Kijan Espahangizi).

Es besteht die Möglichkeit zur parallelen kostenlosen Kinderbetreuung vor Ort.
862-0089-00LAdvanced Colloquium in Literary Studies Restricted registration - show details
Colloquium is designed for advanced and graduated students.
2 credits1KA. Kilcher
AbstractThe colloquium addresses advanced and graduate students. First, it offers participants the opportunity to present their own research projects (work in progress); and, second, it provides a most fruitful space to discuss methodological, theoretical and systematic complex issues.
ObjectiveThe colloquium addresses advanced and graduate students. First, it offers participants the opportunity to present their own research projects (work in progress); and, second, it provides a most fruitful space to discuss methodological, theoretical and systematic complex issues.