Funded since October 2019 by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the network “Kulturen ästhetischen Widerstands/Cultures of Aesthetic Resistance” seeks to create an interdisciplinary dialogue to continue and expand existing debates about the forms, effects, and deficits of aesthetic resistance. It draws on a variety of discussions about the role of the aesthetic and forms of political, cultural, and social resistance in current discourses of philosophy, social sciences, cultural, and literary studies. The network wants to determine to what extent the arts and non-artistic cultural, social, and political forms of expression appear aesthetically resistant. In this regard, the continuous, post-humanist revision of Western aesthetic premises will open up crucial questions about the possibilities of aesthetic resistance. Relying on the idea of an aesthetic pluralism, the network develops theoretical and practical alternatives, synergies, and collaborations with which an equally contemporaneous and future-oriented understanding of aesthetic resistance can be formulated. In and through the cooperation of scholars from the humanities and the social sciences, the network explores new ways of dealing with the aesthetic and the powerful forces of resistant practices.

(private, 2017)

The Network


March 2021
Dustin Breitenwischer
has accepted an offer for the position of junior professor in American Studies at Universität Hamburg, starting on 1 April.

December 2020
Ernst-Reuter-Preis awarded to network member Jasmin Wrobel
Jasmin Wrobel has been awarded the FU Berlin’s Ernst-Reuter-Preis, endowed with 5,000 Euros, for her doctoral thesis on “Topografien des 20. Jahrhunderts: Die memoriale ‘Poetik des Stolperns’ in Haroldo de Campos Galáxias”.

Recent & Upcoming Events

May 20-21, 2021, Hamburg (online)
Third Workshop, “Performance of Protest and Resistance”
Guests: Gabriele Klein (Hamburg), Oliver Marchart (Vienna), Urs Stäheli (Hamburg)

October 21-23, 2020, Dresden (online event only)
Second Workshop, “Widerstand/Resistance”
Guests: Iris Därmann (HU Berlin) & Robin Celikates (Freie Universität Berlin)
+ Virtual tour of the exhibition “1 Million Roses for Angela Davis” @ Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden; hosted by curator Kathleen Reinhardt

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