New Years Thought

It is an old poem, written by Oliver Goldsmith, presenting The Deserted Village – and there may still be something in it that is worth to be thought about today – though … Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay: Princes and lords may flourish, or may … Continua a leggere

Call for submissions: Joerg-Huffschmid Award 2017

*** sorry for crossposting – please distribute widely *** Dear Colleagues, a special “New Years Wish” – please find attached the call for applications for the JÖRG-HUFFSCHMID-PREIS 2017 Below as well the call in English language. Where applicable, we encourage you to hand in your work and/or pass the call on to colleagues of whom … Continua a leggere

time …

Time to take some time … The Queen propped her up against a tree, and said kindly, `You may rest a little now.’ Alice looked round her in great surprise. `Why, I do believe we’ve been under this tree the whole time! Everything’s just as it was!’ `Of course it is,’ said the Queen, `what … Continua a leggere

year after year after year …

…  it is also the time for essential questions .., and they are asked, advertisements guided us and academics, the good boys and girls of the profession at least, ask the correct questions — concise, limited on what is answerable, guided by a clear method and ethics: publish or perish … . and of course … Continua a leggere

The Windfall of Security …

It had been a quick trip, probably a 3/3 trip: 2 days going there, 2 days working, 2 days return trip. While travelling, I am marking student’s essays and still preparing a tomorrows 8 hours lecturing – don’t say “hard working”, it is not least about gaining time to have the day of return free … Continua a leggere

Merry Go Around

Yes, it is the time of the year again … – the time to get easily mixed up, or mixing up things and times when Mary goes around, making us thinking Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me but I could’ve sworn Merry Christmas I meant …, it is the time of joy and … Continua a leggere

living and being lived …

Without doubt, a great piece Turandot, Prinzessin von China Friedrich Schiller Ein tragikomisches Maerchen nach Gozzi – though personally I found the presentation too stagy. The core remans unchanged and valid Turandot. Prinz, noch ist’s Zeit. Gebt das verwegene Beginnen auf! Gebt’s auf! Weicht aus dem Divan! Der Himmel weiss, dass jene Zungen luegen, Die mich der … Continua a leggere

Modernity ??

This modern equality, based on the conformism inherent in society and possible only because behavior has replaced action as the foremost mode of human relationship, is in every respect different from equality in antiquity, and notably in the Greek city-states. To belong to the few “equals” meant to be permitted to live among one’s peers; but the public … Continua a leggere

Don’t claim one day “But we did not know” …

After 1945, frequently people claimed “But we did not know” … – if this even may be true in some individual cases, they surely could have known … . And so we can know today about the tomorrow – and still can prevent THAT tomorrow to become real. Across Europe, there is growing support for far-right candidates who are aiming … Continua a leggere

To Those Who Follow in Our Wake (Brecht)

I am not really friend of simply reproducing from another website – ther are exceptions though: Bertolt Brecht, An die Nachgeborenen first published in Svendborger Gedichte (1939) in: Gesammelte Werke, vol. 4, pp. 722-25 (1967)(S.H. transl.)   I Truly, I live in dark times! An artless word is foolish. A smooth forehead Points to insensitivity. … Continua a leggere