Lecture Lecture 12: Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin © Goethe-Institut Mumbai

Sat, 12.08.2017

Library MMB

K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda
400001 Mumbai

with Ranjit Hoskote & Kaiwan Mehta

"To articulate the past historically does not mean to recognise it "the way it really was". It means to seize hold of a memory as it flashes up at a moment of danger."
Walter Benjamin, from 'Theses on the Philosophy of History'

Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a literary critic and a writer. He was born in a wealthy Jewish family in Berlin on July 15, 1892. Benjamin’s inspirations and influences came from the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, the Marxism of Bertolt Brecht and the Kabbalistic philosophy of Gerschom Scholem. The three schools of thought did not get mixed into an amalgam; rather Benjamin’s writings seem to flow dynamically from one intellectual tradition to another.

Lectures by:
  • Ranjit Hoskote, cultural theorist, poet and curator
  • Kaiwan Mehta, PhD, architect, academic and researcher
Followed by interaction with the audience.
Organised by the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai and University of Mumbai
Participating colleges: HVPS´s  Ramaniranjan Jhunjhunwala College /Ruia College / SIES College of Arts, Science, and Commerce / Sophia College for Women  /  St. Xaviers College – Autonomous, Mumbai / VPM´s K. G. Joshi College of Arts & N. G. Bedekar College of Commerce / Wilson College

Please email djnishant05@gmail.com to register for the lecture on August 12, 2017