Distinguished Lectures Series

The Walter Benjamin Kolleg continues the highly successful Distinguished Lectures Series (DLS) established by the former Center for Cultural Studies (CCS) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Claviez. The DLS comprises a series of lectures – usually between three and four per year – on a certain topic, and invites scholars of world renown to give a talk and a connected workshop. Among its past speakers, the DLS has welcomed scholars such as Giorgio Agamben, Paul Gilroy, Homi Bhabha, Jacques Rancière, Judith Butler, and Alain Badiou. The proceedings of the first series will be published by Fordham UP under the title The Common Growl: Towards a Poetics of Precarious Community in July 2016.

For further details, please have a look at the podcasts of some of the lectures and the programs of the past years.

Please click here for further information about this year’s Distinguished Lectures Series.

Since the year 2014, the DLS has partly been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation due to the series association with the Sinergia project "Theory and Practice of Authenticity in Global Cultural Production." Click here to get further information on the project.