The Loulé City Council and the University of Algarve hold the conference “Can the Baroque be European?” by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

The conference “Can the Baroque be European?” by the Stanford Professor, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, organized by the Loulé City Council and the University of the Algarve will take place on November 13 at 9.30 pm in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall.

This Conference, which will be presented in Portuguese and will have an initial introduction by Mirian Tavares, Professor at the University of Algarve and Coordinator of the Center for Research in Arts and Communication, is part of the theme on Europe – “The place of the European – visions from the South” that the Municipality will continue to develop. The admission is free.

About the Lecturer:

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (born in 1948) is one of the most interesting and important thinkers of our time. With a German background, he has taught at Stanford University since 1989 and is a Visiting Lecturer of Literature Theory at the Faculty of Letters of Lisbon and teaches annually in graduate programs at universities in Brazil. His chronicles are regularly published in German, Portuguese, Spanish and English newspapers.

Hans Gumbrecht dedicated early on to the study of Western culture, in a broader scope, from the analysis of medieval texts. The scope of his thought, challenging and restless, has come to encompass areas ranging from the history of literature and culture, to philosophy, to the aesthetics of sports – one of his most stimulating books, published in 2006, In Praise of Athletic Beauty, suggests new ways of understanding sport, as well as tools for analyzing what is, in our day, the object of true fascination. Some other works focus on how we perceive time and how this perception shapes what we think of our days: a study of Western History from the twentieth-century axis – In 1926 – Living on the Edge of Time , from 1997; a reflection on the human, personal and collective catastrophe that was the World War II – After 1945: Latency as the Origin of the Present, in 2012, and, more recently, a somewhat embittered and somewhat entertaining view of the world as a place of dispersion and demand of ubiquity – Our Broad Present: Time and Contemporary Culture, published in 2015. His contribution to what he likes to call riskful thinking, an attitude of permanent questioning, gave the Humanities a series of operative concepts for the analysis of culture: materiality of culture, production of presence, latency, stimmung or ambience, ample time, among others. To hear him is to listen to the voice of someone who stands in the place of the individual to reflect critically about the time of society.


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