Walter Benjamin Kolleg


International Walter Benjamin Conference 2019

Wednesday, 2019/06/26 - Saturday, 2019/06/29

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the promotion of Walter Benjamin's doctorate the next conference of the International Walter Benjamin Society will be held at the University of Bern from June 26 to 29 of 2019. 

Event organizer: Walter Benjamin Kolleg
Date: 2019/06/26 - 2019/06/29
Time: 10:30 Time
Locality: diverse
3012 Bern
Characteristics: open to the public

Benjamin’s Beginnings 


  • Preliminary program on Wednesday evening, June 26
  • Conference from Thursday, June 27 until Saturday, June 29 (noon)

Conference languages

  • German
  • English
  • French


  • Walter Benjamin Kolleg at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Bern in collaboration with
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
  • Schweizerische Akademische Gesellschaft für Germanistik
  • Schweizerische Philosophische Gesellschaft
  • Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften 


  1. Uncanny Modernities / Modernisms – Repetition, Phantom, Phantasm in the Wake of World War I
  2. Early Lives – Childhood and Youth
  3. Exile and Migration – Peripatetic Lives and Traveling Ideas
  4. Benjamin, Switzerland, and Horizons of Jewish Identity – A Space of Experience
  5. The Berne PhD. Dissertation – Art Criticism and the Art of Criticism
  6. The Art of Translation – Experiencing Other Languages

Reading group


What is next

  • Call for Papers in April, Deadline on Oct 31
  • conference website online until April 15


Dr. Ariane Lorke: