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Cosmopolitan Spaces in Odesa: A Case Study of an Urban Context

Efraim Sicher (Be'er-Sheva, Negev)

Thursday, 29 June 2023 11:15

On 29 June 2023 we will welcome Efraim Sicher together with the Leibniz Science Campus (LWC) to our Regensburg Research Colloquium. He will give a lecture on "Cosmopolitan Spaces in Odesa: A Cast Study of an Urban Context". The lecture will be held in English.



The speaker will argue that Area Studies should generate questions which no single discipline can ask. Their proper object will keep appearing as a result, not as a starting point. In order to do this, Area Studies should become metaphorical rather than metonymical. The former abandons the pretence of offering total, integrated knowledge and full comprehension, and substitute it with intensity of insight. Area Studies should not become a sum total of areal knowledges, but a meta-discipline which inspires disciplinary efforts, a field of theoretical innovation and experimentation in which new questions are asked, conceptual vocabularies proposed, and new perspectives tested. This would mean being in a permanent crisis, constantly seeking subversion of themselves, always looking for a proper object and being in a perpetual state of methodological uncertainty.

Efraim Sicher:

Dr. Efraim Sicher is Professor Emeritus at the Abrahams-Curiel Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

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Online via Zoom 


Professor Mirja Lecke, Chair for Slavic Literature and Culture of the University of Regensburg