Philip Manow, Reinhard Mehring: Carl Schmitt, Hamlet and the question of politics in theater

June 30, 2022, 7:00 p.m. (CEST)

Time: June 30, 2022, 7:00 p.m. (CEST)
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In his essay "Hamlet or Hecuba: The Intrusion of the Time into the Play," first published in 1956, Carl Schmitt explores the relationship between theater and politics, art and reality. To Schmitt, the figure of Hamlet becomes a cipher that serves to interpret the present. In a letter to Ernst Jünger in 1958 he even wrote: "... the whole world is Hamlet".But how exactly should we understand Carl Schmitt's text? What strategies does he pursue and against whom does he polemicize?

Most importantly, what do we learn from engaging with his reflections on the relationship between theater, politics, and political theory?

As part of the joint seminar "The Theater of Politics - The Politics of Theater" we invite Prof. Dr. Philip Manow and Prof. Dr. Reinhard Mehring, two outstanding experts and interpreters of Carl Schmitt, to discuss these questions. With their important contributions to research on Schmitt, both have demonstrated why it is worthwhile to engage with this justifiably controversial thinker.

Moderation: PD Dr. Felix Heidenreich and Prof. Dr. Florian Weber-Stein.

This event will be held via Webex. The access link will be announced shortly.

This event is sponsored by the Professional School of Education (PSE) as part of a joint teaching project between the PH Ludwigsburg and the University of Stuttgart.

Online per Webex
Sarah Bernhardt als Hamlet 1899
[Picture: Lafayette – Photo – London]
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