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Symposium in Abu Dhabi | Experience Richard Wagner
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Berner

Prof. Dr. Berner Foto ©Prof. Dr. Ulrich Berner Ulrich Berner is Professor (emeritus) of Religious Studies at the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Bayreuth. He studied Theology, Philosophy, History of Religions, and Indology. Before moving to Bayreuth, he taught at the universities of Göttingen, Hamburg, Bonn, and Bremen. He is an affiliated senior fellow at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS).Ulrich Berner is Professor (emeritus) of Religious Studies at the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Bayreuth. He studied Theology, Philosophy, History of Religions, and Indology. Before moving to Bayreuth, he taught at the universities of Göttingen, Hamburg, Bonn, and Bremen. He is an affiliated senior fellow at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS).

His own research interest focuses mainly on European religious history from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance and the appropriation of classical mythology and philosophy, and interreligious dialogue in medieval and early modern times. Another focus of interest is Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, as distinct from Theology. As a university teacher he designs interdisciplinary seminars in cooperation with colleagues from various disciplines, such as Islamic studies, musicology, theatre Studies and ecological modeling. His current research project, carried out with colleagues from Anthropology, Sociology of Religion, and Islamic Studies, focuses on Sacred Space in Durban and beyond.

His recent publications include:

  • „Wagner und Bayreuth. Religion auf der Opernbühne?“, in: Adrian Hermann/Jürgen Mohn (Hg.), Orte der europäischen Religionsgeschichte, Würzburg 2015, 185-207.
  • „The Bishop and the Politician. Intra- and Inter-Field Dynamics in 19th century Natal, South Africa”, in: Magnus Echtler/Asonzeh Ukah (eds.), Bourdieu in Africa. Exploring the Dynamics of Religious Fields, Leiden/Boston 2016, 139-165.
  • “Das Christentum in der Antike. Eine religionsgeschichtliche Perspektive“, in: Klaus Fitschen et al. (Hg.), Kirchengeschichte und Religionswissenschaft. Methoden und Fallbeispiele, Leipzig 2018, 135-154

Abstract: Wagner and Islam
It is well known that Richard Wagner was deeply interested in and well informed about Buddhism, having read, for instance, the works of French Indologist Eugene Burnouf. During his stay at Paris Wagner also developed an interest in Islam, especially in the encounter of Islam and Christianity in medieval Southern Italy and Sicily. His interest resulted in the draft for the opera Die Sarazenin (The Saracen Woman) dealing with the last phase of Christian-Muslim coexistence and cooperation in this area. Although never finished and composed, this draft represents an important step in the development of Wagner’s conception of religion, leading ultimately to the Parsifal and the theoretical essay on Religion and Art. It seems reasonable and rewarding to take Die Sarazenin as the point of departure for reflections along two different lines: first, by relating Wagner’s presentation of Islam to the historical context of Islamic/Christian coexistence in medieval times; second, by relating his final conception of religion to recent versions of Islam that are emerging in the Islamic/Christian encounter in modern times.
 

Experience Richard Wagner - A Symposium in Abu Dhabi

29.يناير, 2019, في منارة السعديات, أبوظبي


H.E. Ambassador Ernst Peter Fischer
14:00 – 14:15pm

14:15 — 15:00pm
 

From further away than you can imagine (Parsifal, Act I): Arabian Sources, Arabian Phantasms and Richard Wagner with Q&A., Prof. Dr. Ulrich Berner (University of Bayreuth).
 

15:00 — 15:45pm
 

Friedrich Schlegel’s Philosophy of a Universal Art and its influence on Richard Wagner, with Q&A, Dr. Ronald Perlwitz.
 

15:45 — 16:00pm
 
Coffee break

16:00 — 16:45pm
 

Wagner and Film, with Q&A, Prof. Jeongwon Joe.
 

16:45 — 17:30pm
 

Panel discussion with minister of state H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh (tbc), Katharina Wagner (tbc), Prof. Dr. Ulrich Berner, Dr. Ronald Perlwitz, Prof. Jeongwon Joe (moderator: Dr. Ronald Perlwitz ).
 

17:30 — 18:00pm
 

Coffee break with snacks
 

18:00 — 19:50pm
 

Film screening:
The Life and Works of Richard Wagner, Germany 1913
dir.: Carl Fröhlich, runtime 102’, German intertitles with English
translation
 

20:00 — 23:30pm
 

Film screening:
Ludwig, Italy, France, Germany, 1973,
dir: Luchino Visconti, runtime 238’, Italian with English subtitles