Who we are:
The Internationale Walter Benjamin Gesellschaft is an interdisciplinary consortium
of academics, writers, media theoreticians, publishers and representatives from
other cultural and social areas. The members of the society come from 19 countries,
both within and beyond Europe.
The Society is registered in Karlsruhe (Germany); Chairman of the Board of Directors
is Bernd Witte, an internationally recognized Benjamin scholar and Professor
of Modern German Literature in Düsseldorf (Germany).
The IWBG represents an international forum for discourse. The Society supports
research endeavors devoted to the creative and visionary potential of Benjamin’s
works and their view of 20th century modernism. Special emphasis has been placed
upon strengthening academic ties to Latin America and Eastern and Central Europe.
In keeping with its goals the Society would like
- to elicit interdisciplinary dialog on Benjamin’s works, their reception
and their validity today
- to trace the changing role of the individual in society, especially the
intellectual, in order to reflect critically on future concepts
- to research the interrelationship of history, memory and cultural traditions
as mirrored in their social and political evolution
- the shed light upon the past and present of exile and emigration, including
the social and political function of old and new borders
- to analyze the development of art and culture within the global media network
- to document the social and economic effects of differing access to information
flow and information technology
- to foster discussion on basic political questions.
The society conducts conferences and exhibitions, as well as interdisciplinary
and intermedial events, at regular intervals and different European venues.
All activities are conducted conjointly with partner institutions.
- Society founded in Karlsruhe – Mai 2000
- Barcelona Conference – September 2000
- Walter-Benjamin-Abend in Berlin – November 2001
- Walter-Benjamin-Abend in Karlsruhe – January 2003
- Rome Conference – November 2003
- Zurich Conference – October 2004
- Paris Conference – June 2005
- Düsseldorf Conference – June 2005
- Düsseldorf Conference – November 2005
- Antwerpen Conference – May 2006
- Vienna Conference – March 2007