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Wolff Bernstein

The Return of the Past in the Present: The Work of Edouard Manet

Lecture, 16 Jan 2023, 20:00

In contrast to today’s view that Manet re-interpreted scenes of the past and molded them in intriguing ways into contemporary images, ‘traditional’ critics accused him of plagiarism and technical inaptitude whenever they detected the influence of Italian or Spanish masters upon his work. The psychoanalytic concept of Nachträglichkeit or apres-coup proves to be very valuable for an understanding of the complexities of Manet's citations of the past. Instead of thinking in linear terms, the idea of Nachträglichkeit emphasizes the process of interpreting the present retroactively, so that a twofold process can ensue, as is the case in Manet's Olympia, where he explicitly cites Titian's Venus of Urbino

Part of the Lecture Series Psychoanalytic and Cultural Theory

The lecture series is a cooperation of the Berlin Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (BiPP), the Cultural Science Institute of the Humboldt University Berlin, the International Psychoanalytic University (IPU), and the ICI Berlin

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Gender brWithout Identity

Without Identity

Discussion, 19 Jan 2024, 19:00

Based on an award-winning article that was censored before it could be published, Gender Without Identity — the text about which this evening’s discussion will revolve — offers a revolutionary new psychoanalytic theory of gender. 

With Ann Pellegrini and Avgi Saketopoulou
Moderated by Marta Aleksandrowicz and Ruth Ramsden-Karelse

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Victor brStoichiță


The Nervous Statue

Lecture, 22 Jan 2024, 19:30

Eighteenth-century art and literature developed a veritable passion for the myth of Pygmalion. The revival of the Ovidian myth of the living statue served to call into question the divine nature of human creation. Since an artist can bring a statue to life, life is no longer God’s prerogative.

Part of the ICI Lecture Series Models 2023 – 24

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Trails brand Ruins

and Ruins

Poetry and Poetics of Place

Reading and Discussion, 7 Feb 2024, 19:00

This event features poets whose disparate thematic preoccupations and formal proclivities constellate around matters of place. Spanning three languages, the poems to be showcased, when read collectively, conjure up a variety of affective states that inform the poetic subject’s immersion in location and their experiences of relocation and dislocation.

With Johannes Heldén, Jaya Jacobo, and Donna Stonecipher

Organized by Mark Anthony Cayanan

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At the venue: Registration will open on 24 Jan 2024

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A Novel brWithout A World

A Novel
Without A World

Reading and Discussion, 15 Feb 2024, 19:30

Novels make and sustain worlds, systems of meaning, consistency, and plausibility. By doing so, they extend a domain of intelligibility, referentiality, and possibility. What would it mean, then, to imagine a novel without a world?

With Gareth Gavin, Bobby Benedicto, and Daniel Colucciello Barber

Organized by ICI Berlin in cooperation with the Centre for New Writing

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Leigh brRaiford


When Home is a Photograph: Kathleen Cleaver's Albums of Exile

Lecture, 26 Feb 2024, 19:30

This talk examines how former Black Panther Party Communications Secretary Kathleen Neal Cleaver has used photography to make ’home‘ in the world.  Raiford considers the everyday image making practices that a public figure committed to improving the conditions of Black lives globally has engaged to imagine, identify, create, fabulate, inhabit, leave and, sometimes, destroy ‘home‘.

Part of the ICI Lecture Series Models 2023 – 24

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At the venue: Registration will open on 12 Feb 2024

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Symposium Recognition


Symposium, 23 – 24 May 2024

Constitution as a viable social subject is dependent on being recognized by others as such, whether that recognition takes the form of an ethical gesture, a political objective, or a legal instrument. The desire for recognition is therefore often assumed to be universal. For many activists and theorists, recognition of rights and identities has been at the heart of social justice movements, particularly since the 1980s.

Organized by B Camminga, Ruth Ramsden-Karelse, and Natascia Tosel

Please send 300-word abstracts for 15 to 20minute papers to

Deadline: 15 January 2024

KV Shifting Natures


Symposium, 14 – 15 March 2024

The very concept of nature has been the subject of thorough critique for quite a while. From a Western deconstructive perspective, nature is a signifier standing for naive immediacy or reactionary normativity. Poststructuralist and queer paradigms have shifted from an idea of nature as a being and of the natural as a given to a conception of them as effects of discursive, performative practices. These critiques marked a turning point in the centuries-long debate on the concept of nature, pluralizing and de-essentializing it — hence, shifting natures.

Organized by Federica Buongiorno, Alberica Bazzoni, and Xenia Chiaramonte

Abstracts of 200 words for 15 minutes contributions addressing the question of Shifting Natures in one the three sections – Environment, AI, or Gender – should be sent to

Deadline: 28 January 2024
Acting brOut


Cuban Artists Challenge to the State
Ankhi brMukherjee


Unseen City: The Psychic Lives of the Urban Poor


World Picture Conference