Georg Lukács: An Intellectual Biography

“Georg Lukács has become a historical figure,” the Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte’s editorial of the 2014 special issue on ‘Commissar Lukács’ announced. “Astonishingly,” they continued, “there is no extensive biography on him, although his life alone reads like a novel.” It is this hitherto lacking biography of the Hungarian literary theorist, philosopher and political intellectual Georg Lukács (1885–1971) that, as a Heisenberg fellow, I will set out to write. Though it will not be written as a novel, I will try to never lose sight of the novelesque within this extraordinary life—for Lukács himself never stopped meditating on the relation between the form of the novel and the form of life, or more generally: He never stopped to ask how life, how our life under modern, capitalist (but also under post-capitalist, socialist) conditions may attain a form that can be lived consciously and affirmatively.

Heisenberg Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) 2020–2025
Head researcher(s): Patrick Eiden-Offe


10 Jun 2021 · 5.00 pm

Patrick Eiden-Offe: Massenbewegung und Klassenaktion: Differenzierungsversuche


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Conference marking the 50th anniversary of Georg Lukács’ death
04 Jun 2021

Georg Lukács im 21. Jahrhundert

Aufbau Haus am Moritzplatz, Prinzenstraße 84, 10969 Berlin / Livestream

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02 Jun 2021 · 8.00 pm

“Werkstattgespräch II: Theatergeschichte” with Patrick Eiden-Offe and Patrick Wengenroth

Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus, Chausseestraße 125, 10115 Berlin / Livestream

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International Conference
22 Apr 2021

Selbsttransformierendes Leben? Lukács und die Kritik des Kapitalismus, a.o. with Patrick Eiden-Offe and Eva Geulen

online via Zoom

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4 Jun 2021 Video
“Georg Lukács im 21. Jahrhundert”
Panels and lectures at the conference marking the 50th anniversary of Georg Lukács’ death, organized by Rüdiger Dannemann, Patrick Eiden-Offe, and Frank Engster.
© Helle Panke

2 Jun 2021 Video
“Re-Reading Lukács. Theatergeschichte”
Workshop talk with Patrick Wengenroth and Patrick Eiden-Offe, moderated by Anja Nioduschewski, as part of the event series “Georg Lukács und das Theater – Re-Reading Lukács” at the Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus.
© Helle Panke