German Researcher to Hold Three-Day Intensive Seminar on Politics of Aesthetics in Jaques Ranciere’s Philosophy


VMU Department of Social and Political Theory is pleased to announce a three-day intensive seminar by Dr. Fabian Goppelsröder titled “The Politics of Aesthetics in the Philosophy of Jacques Ranciere”. It will be held at 1.15 p.m. on three consecutive days: May 2 at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy (Gedimino 44, Room 44), May 3 at the Rector’s Office (K. Donelaičio 58–2), and May 4 at FPSD (Gedimino 44, Room 103).

According to the organizers, Jacques Rancière certainly belongs to the most influential philosophers of the past decade in France. His La Mesentente from 1995 was received as a decidedly innovative, if not ultimately revolutionary political theory. In the years since that intervention, Rancière has intensively worked on his idea of the distribution of the sensible as the common ground of aesthetics and politics. The Politics of Aesthetics: the Distribution of the Sensible, a mixture between interview and essay book, is perhaps the most succinct document of Rancière’s politico-aesthetical thinking. Over the course of three afternoon sessions we will read and discuss this text and contextualize its ideas. Reading preparation and active participation are highly encouraged.

Dr. Fabian Goppelsröder received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in 2011, having previously studied philosophy and history in Berlin and Paris. He has written and edited books on Wittgenstein (Zwischen Sagen und Zeigen and Wittgensteinkunst. Annäherungen an eine Philosophie und ihr Unsagbares, respectively), and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the project “Visibility and Visualization – Hybrid Forms of Pictorial Knowledge,” at Potsdam University, Germany.

Seminar Schedule

Day 1: Politics and Aesthetics

Reading:  (all readings are from Ranciere’s The Politics of Aesthetics: the Distribution of the Sensible)

  • Foreword
  • The Distribution of the Sensible: Politics and Aesthetics
  • Interview

Day 2: Artistic Regimes


  • Artistic Regimes and the Shortcomings of the Notion of Modernity
  • Mechanical Arts and the Promotion of the Anonymous

Day 3: Consequences: Politics and Art, the Real and the Fake – all the same?


  • Is History a Form of Fiction?
  • On Art and Work

You are welcome to participate.

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