Jean Améry, 1978 © ullstein bild – Behr
Thursday, Jun 30 – Saturday, Jul 2, 2022

Jean Améry. The Resilience of Enlightenment

Also streamed Live via Zoom. Please register here for
Thursday, June 30
Friday, July 1
Saturday, July 2

Conception: Susan Neiman, Potsdam
with Moshe Halbertal, Jerusalem; Stephen Holmes, New York; Peter Stephan Jungk, Paris; Ivan Krastev, Wien; Jan Philipp Reemtsma, Hamburg; David Shulman, Jerusalem; James Wood, Cambridge/Mass.

No one wrote more profound or penetrating essays on survival in Auschwitz, torture, ageing, and suicide than Jean Améry, born Hans Mayer in Vienna. Yet along with the–often despairing–works that made him famous, he also wrote the 20th century’s most passionate defenses of the much-maligned Enlightenment. Are these works in conflict with each other, or must they be read in tandem? This conference will explore this question while focusing on those aspects of Améry’s work that have received scant attention.


Jun 30, 2022

The event will be held in English
Conference brochure