And finally from Johannes Türk:
“I have coconvened the Center for Theoretical Inquiry’s reading group focussed on Lyotard’s “The differend” in the spring. With a large group of colleagues and graduate students from different departments, we rediscovered this magisterial book and its topic of conflicts in which a wrong cannot be articulated in a shared language. With Hall Bjørnstad, I organized a workshop “Exemplary Affect” that aimed to redefine the terms in which we understand the political dimension of affectivity.
This coming year, the Institute of German Studies goes into its 50th year. My position at the head of the institute was renewed for three years, and one of my responsibilities is the recruitment of graduate students. In spite of the difficult environment, our recruitment was successful and we continue to attract excellent students to our department. But the question of how to face the future of German Studies and how to respond to a changing discipline and university remains critical.
I have published on “Health and Illness” in Kafka and on Schiller relationship to the French Revolution. Currently I am teaching Goethe’s “Faust I” for the first time in a course for undergraduates.”