Education - DAAD Artists in Residence Berlin

Guest Lectureships

Three sections of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm - visual arts, literature and music - have recently become associated with Berlin's universities through guest lectureships. Foreign literary figures, composers, academics, art historians and critics are invited to Berlin for one semester in order to teach as guest lecturers at the universities.

Together with the Humboldt University Berlin, the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor attached to the Bankgesellschaft Berlin, the DAAD established a Rudolf Arnheim Guest Lectureship in Art History at the Humboldt University in the winter semester of 2000/2001. Since then, the guest lecturers have been: Sarat Maharaj (Great Britain), Barbara Maria Stafford (USA), Bojana Pejic (Serbia), Catherine David (France), Ali Akay (Turkey), Ján Bakos (Slovakia), Anna Wessely (Hungary), Bice Curiger (Switzerland).

The guest lectureship is dedicated to the emeritus professor of art psychology Rudolf Arnheim, the co-founder of Gestalt psychology. Arnheim developed the theory of "visual thinking" and creativity as survival strategies with exemplary clarity. His book "Film as Art" (1933) is a classic of film theory. Today Arnheim lives in the USA, where he was delighted to hear the news that a guest lectureship was to be named after him.

In cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, S. Fischer publishers Frankfurt am Main/Berlin and the "events forum" of the publishing group Georg von Holtzbrinck, the DAAD has established a Samuel Fischer Guest Lectureship in Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin. Far from the well-trodden paths of academia, the author at the university opens up new perspectives, offering a contrast to the usual practice of literary theory: lively mediation of literature rather than dry poetics. Since the summer semester of 1998, the guest lecturers have been Vladimir Sorokin (Russia), V.Y. Mudimbe (Congo), Kenzaburo Oe (Japan), Sergio Ramírez (Nicaragua), Scott Bradfield (USA), Marlene Streeruwitz (Austria), Robert Hass (USA), Yann Martel (Canada), Alberto Manguel (Argentina), Etgar Keret (Israel), Feridun Zaimoglu (Turkey/Germany), Nora Amin (Egypt), Michèle Métail (France), Chaudhuri Amit (India), Dubravka Ugresic (Croatia/Netherlands), Fernando Pérez (Cuba).

The lectureship was named in memory of the exemplary achievements of Samuel Fischer, whose work as a publisher of world literature in the German language during the first third of the last century was unparalleled.

Together with the Technische Universität Berlin and the Sender Freies Berlin, the DAAD has established an Edgard Varèse Guest Lectureship in Music at the Technische Universität. Since the summer semester of 2000, this lectureship has served the mediation of and critical reflection on new developments in the interplay between media technology and art, between the electronic studio and music. Previous guest lecturers have been Stephen Travis Pope (USA), Diemer de Vries (NL), Gerhard Eckel (Austria), David Behrman (USA), Gottfried Michael Koenig (NL), Hans Tutschku (France), Trevor Wishart (Great Britain), Alberto de Campo (Austria), Daniel Teruggi (France), Kees Tazelaar (Netherlands), Axel Röbel (France/Germany), Eduardo Reck Miranda (Brasil).

The lectureship was named after the American composer and pioneer of avant-garde music, Edgard Varèse, who was one of the first representatives of his field to experiment with electronic music.

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