Jean Améry, 1978 © ullstein bild – Behr

Susan Neiman: The Resilience of Jean Améry
Moshe Halbertal: On the Fragility of the Human. Améry on Counter-Enlightenment
David Shulman: Torturing the Mind. A Palestinian Addendum to Améry
Stephen Holmes: It May be Paradoxical but it’s Still Not True
Ivan Krastev: Enlightenment. Reflection on a Divorce
Peter Stephan Jungk: Jean Améry on a Suicide Mission. Charles Bovary, Country Doctor
Jan Philipp Reemtsma: Monsieur Bovary
James Wood: Unspeakable Realism. Defending Jean Améry, Defending Gustave Flaubert

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
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