The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to re-assess the Freudian concept of the ‘uncanny’ in relation to its reverberations in literature, arts, aesthetics and politics. Built upon a tension between familiarity and non-familiarity, the ›uncanny‹ is characterized by a peculiarly floating and undetermined nature, thereby allowing to re-discuss it as a model for understanding the interrelation between possible and impossible, norm and deviation in a given culture.

Texts were circulated among attendants before the beginning of the workshop, in order to offer a basis for discussion.

Further information and the programme can be found at

In English

Christine Blättler
Sandra Evans
Mathias Korn
Catherine Smale
Tan Wälchli
Roman Widholm
Michaela Wünsch
et al.

Keynotes by Elisabeth Bronfen and Anneleen Masschelein

Organized by

An ICI Event organized by Fabio Camilletti, Martin Doll, Rupert Gaderer, Jan Niklas Howe, and Paula Schwebel, in collaboration with the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies (FU Berlin)

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