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Lecture by Giorgio Agamben:
"Oikonomia: The Theological Paradigm of Government"
May 30, 7pm
Place: Städelmuseum, Gartensaal, Dürerstrasse 2
image: Giorgio Agamben in "The Gospel According to St. Matthew,"
directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964
STAEDELSCHULE, FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Lecture by Giorgio Agamben: "Oikonomia: The Theological Paradigm of Government"
In recent years Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has established
himself as one of the world’s most significant political thinkers.
His recent studies of bio-politics develop new theoretical tools for
analyzing the political situation of today. In books such as Homo
Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life (1998), Remnants of Auschwitz:
The Witness and the Archive (2002), and State of Exception (2005), he
explores legal, philosophical, literary, and political themes in an
attempt to develop a new understanding of the concepts of life and
power. Drawing on sources as different as Walter Benjamin, Michel
Foucault, Martin Heidegger, and Carl Schmitt, his writings also
question the foundation of the concepts of authority in sovereignty
in today’s globalized world.
Agamben has emerged as an important public intellectual. In a famous
article published in January of 2004 in Le Monde he explained his
reasons for refusing to return to NYU to teach that year: "A few
years ago I wrote that the political model of the West is not the
city but the concentration camp, not Athens but Auschwitz. That was,
of course, a philosophical, not a historical thesis. This is not
about mixing phenomena that must be separated. I only want to remind
readers that the tattooing in Auschwitz possibly appeared as ‘normal’
and economic in order to regulate the admission of the deportees in
the camp. The bio-political tattooing, which we are forced to undergo
today in order to enter the United States, is a relay race to what we
could tomorrow accept as the normal registration of the identity of
the good citizen considering the mechanisms and machinery of state."
Agamben’s Frankfurt lecture is a collaboration between the Institute
for Art Criticism at the Städelschule and the Institut für Allgemeine
und Vergleichende Literturwissenschaft at the Johann Wolfgang
The Institute for Art Criticism was founded in the summer 2003 by
Daniel Birnbaum, Rector of the Städelschule, and Isabelle Graw,
Professor for art theory. It focuses on the practice of criticism and
its relationship to other disciplines. The institute regularly
invites art historians, critics, and philosophers -- most recently
Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Yve-Alain Bois, and Michael Fried. The
complex relationship between criticism and artistic practice is
particularly relevant to the Städelschule, well-known for its
experimentally inclined students.
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