International Symposium
10 Oct 2019 – 12 Oct 2019

New Approaches to Hans Blumenberg

Venue: ZfL, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin, 3. Et.
Contact: Birgit Raabe,

Interest in the work of Hans Blumenberg (1920–1996) has been on the rise in Germany and many other countries for some time. Today, an older generation of scholars, who knew Blumenberg personally or had studied with him, is joined by a younger generation forging its own approaches to his works under different circumstances. New materials come to light as more and more posthumous material is being published. Numerous conferences and workshops, as well as translations of his works into various languages, testify to an increasingly internationalized reception. While a critical edition of Blumenberg’s collected works is still a desideratum, a handbook (ed. by Oliver Müller and Rüdiger Zill) is currently in progress, sealing Blumenberg’s status as a modern classic. The canonical questions that dominated and often divided Blumenberg scholarship in the past—the prioritization of, and relationship between, metaphorology, phenomenology, rhetoric, and anthropology—have not lost their urgency, as they remain largely undecided. However, new perspectives, questions and approaches have emerged in many disciplines. Bringing older and more recent scholarship into dialogue and exploring new perspectives on Blumenberg is the aim of this symposium organized by the Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin (ZfL).

The international Hans Blumenberg-Society, founded last year in Berlin, will hold its first general meeting during the symposium in fall of 2019. We encourage you to become a member. The advisory board of the Blumenberg-Society will also convene on this occasion. We are very pleased that Bettina Blumenberg, who is a member of the board, will be present and will lead the general meeting. And we are also pleased and honored that Manfred Sommer has agreed to give the symposium’s keynote lecture.