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Amo Lecture 1: Michael Hutter - Übersetzung und Dissonanz. Innovationsmuster in der Kreativindustrie

Die Zweige der kulturellen und kreativen Industrie bringen einen zunehmenden Strom neuer Produkte und Dienstleistungen hervor. Bei der Produktion dieser Neuheiten lassen sich zwei grundlegende Muster erkennen. Ein Disney-Film dient dazu zu zeigen, wie Formen der Bedeutung, die erfolgreich darin sind, emotionale Erlebnisse beim Publikum auszulösen, auf neuen Inhalt übertragen werden, und ein Beatles-Song dient dazu zu zeigen, wie neue Unterschiede zwischen Welten der Wertschätzung in neue Produkte verwandelt werden.
Amo_1_Michael_Hutter_Druck.pdf (2.4 MB)  vom 26.06.2018

Amo Lecture 2: Hans Jörg Sandkühler - Recht, Staat und Demokratie in menschenrechtlicher Perspektive

The question has been often posed concerning the post-1945 human rights, which developed out of the experience of injustice, whether these rights are in need of an “ethical foundation”. Moral claims, which are directed against the violation of human rights, and which owing to moral intuition are held to be good and just, have further contributed to their emergence. Yet, “the” legitimate and universally valid morality does not exist in a pluralistic society, beyond perhaps the general form of legal equality. Thus, the positively conceived human rights have come to have their meaning as a universally binding commitment grounded in the protection of human dignity. Their legal validity is grounded in what has been negotiated in the Covenants on Human Rights, as well as in the universal principle of ius cogens, which is considered “compelling law” in all states. Moral claims are politically transformed in the sphere of neutrally-bound states into positive law, to the extent that they are generalizable. The “charging” of constitutional law with specific ethical opinions or philosophical speculations along the lines of natural law must be avoided in constitutional democracy.
Amo_2_Sandkühler.pdf (299.9 KB)  vom 26.06.2018

Amo Lecture 3: Arjun Appadurai - The precarious future of national sovereignty

National sovereignty today operates in changed ecology. The primary reason for this is the erosion of national borders by the flows of ideas, people, technologies and money across national boundaries which has accelerated since the late 1980’s, in what is usually referred to as the period of globalization. In addition, as national economies have become increasingly fictions due to the realities of global finance, nation-states and political elites have had to invent other justifi-cations for their existence and this accounts for the global shift to right-wing ideologies of soil, blood and ethnos. Finally, as the tension between universal human rights and the plight of refugees and other undocumented aliens increas-es, especially in Europe, we see the emergence of a deep divide about the mean-ing of national sovereignty, and a gap between ethnonational views and those of a more liberal variety, which stress inclusion, diversity and hospitality. More than three centuries after the Treaty of Westphalia, Europe (and the world) are in dire need of a new narrative of sovereignty.
Amo_3_Appadurai_final.pdf (141.4 KB)  vom 26.06.2018

Amo Lecture 4: Souleymane Bachir Diagne - Decolonizing the history of philosophy

In order to decolonize the history of philosophy against the fabrication of translatio studiorum as the unilinear path connecting Greek thought and sciences to medieval European Christianity, we need to pluralize that history. And to manifest in our textbooks that translatio studiorum is not just Jerusalem-AthensRome-Paris or London or Heidelberg … but, as well: Athens-Nishapur-Bagdad-Cordoba-Fez-Timbuktu …. To decolonize the history of philosophy is also to take into account the plurality of languages, in order to consider the perspectives introduced by tongues other than European, and thus undo the “ontological nationalism” upon which rests the assumption that philosophical exercise is intrinsically tied to certain (European) languages
Diagne_final_print.pdf (203.9 KB)  vom 26.06.2018

Amo Lecture 5: Werner Schiffauer - Ethos und Wissensproduktion bei Sicherheitsbürokratien

The text discusses the production of security knowledge relating to Islamism in the German internal secret service, the Verfassungsschutz, (literally: office for the protection of the constitution). This knowledge is constitutive for the design of the German "Islampolitik". The text discusses the interrelation of the particular ethos of the office with knowledge production and policy development. The focus is on the construction of a classificatory system with which Islamism is made legible and thus presumably controllable and governable. The text discusses the epistemic assumptions underlying the construction of such a classificatory system. What happens in particular when the classificatory system is applied, i.e. when communities and groups are fitted into to classifications by means of indicators? My hypothesis is that the classificatory system systematically neglects the complexity and dynamism of the field and leads to non-intended consequences when it is translated into governmental strategies. This happens regularly when biopolitical governance is demanded which requires a different type of knowledge. Taking the example of de-radicalization politics I show how governmental strategies become self-contradictory.
Schiffhauer print.pdf (517.3 KB)  vom 11.09.2018