Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Epistemologie und Alltagskultur
in der Gegenwart

Audio-Dokumentation (mp3) des Vortrags, HHU Düsseldorf, 1999

Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht is the Albert Guérard-Professor of Literature in the Departments of Comparative Literature, of French and Italian, and (by courtesy) of Spanish and Portuguese at Stanford University.

He was born in Wuerzburg (West Germany) in 1948. After spending several months at Lycée Henri IV in Paris, he graduated from the Siebold Gymnasium at his home town in 1967. He studied Romance and German Philology, Philosophy and Sociology at Munich, Regensburg, Salamanca (Spain), Pavia (Italy) and Konstanz, receiving his PhD at the University of Konstanz in 1971. Gumbrecht was an assistant professor (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent) at Konstanz and passed the Habilitation in 1974. He was appointed full professor at the University of Bochum (1975 - 1982) and at the University of Siegen (1983 - 1989), where he founded the first Graduate School (dedicated to the topic "Kommunikationsformen als Lebensformen") in Germany. He received offers for professorships from the University of Frankfurt, the University of Sankt Gallen (Switzerland), the University of California/Berkeley, Yale University, and, for a regular visiting professorship, from the Université de Montréal. From 1983 to 1985 he was Vice-President of the German Association of Romance Philology. Visiting Professorships brought him to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, Berkeley, Princeton and Montreal, Barcelona, Budapest, Aarhus, Lisbon, Capetown and Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes). During the academic year 1993/94 he was be a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, a Distinguished Visitor at the Commonwealth Center of the University of Virginia , and a Walker Ames Professor at the University of Washington. In 1996 he gave lectures at the College de France.

Between 1981 and 1989 Gumbrecht organized five interdisciplinary and international research-colloquia on the epistemological reorientation of the Humanities at the Inter- University Center Dubrovnik. At Stanford, he was chair of the Department of Comparative Literature from 1990 to 1993 and during the academic year 1996/97, a member of the Academic Senate (1992-1993), a member of the Advisory Board of the Humanities Center (1991-1993, again since 1994), and a member and chair of the Editorial Board of Stanford University Press (1991-94, 1996-97) Between 1991 and 1996 he was convening an interdisciplinary research group on the topic of 'medieval theatricality.' Since his arrival at Stanford, he has organized four interdisciplinary research colloquia: "Writing / Ecriture / Schrift" (1991), "Beyond Dualism. Epistemological Convergences between the Sciences and the Humanities" (1994), "The Athlete's Body" (1995), "Body / Ethics" (1996). He is co-editor of 'Grundriss der romanischen Literaturen des Mittelalters,' of the Harvard History of German Literature, and of the publication series 'Figurae - Readings in Medieval Culture,' 'Writing Science," and "Espaces Métisses." Since the late 1980s he has been a steady contributor to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and to Merkur - Zeitschrift fuer europaeisches Denken.

Gumbrecht's main working areas are the histories of French, Spanish, and Italian literatures (especially the medieval periods, the 18th century, and the time around 1900), Argentinian culture between 1900 and 1930, literary theory, media-theory and the cultural history of the body. His more than 280 publications (translated into seventeen languages) include a (complete) History of Spanish Literature and monographs on Zola, on the history of aesthetic experience and on medieval narrative. His most recent publications in English are: Making Sense in Life and Literature (Minnesota University Press, 1992), and "Materialities of Communication" (Stanford Press, 1994, coedited with K.Ludwig Pfeiffer) Forthcoming in English publications include: "1926 - an essay in historical simultaneity" (Harvard University Press,1997), and "An Essay on the History of Spanish Literature" (Stanford Press, 1997).

Epistemologie und Alltagskultur in der Gegenwart

Audio-Dokumentation in 20 mp3-Dateien



Diskrepanzen zwischen Alltagswelten und Epistemologie
Referenzen des Begriffs "Gegenwart"
vier Modernisierungswellen
Wirklichkeit und Alltag als soziales Wissen

neuzeitliche Modernisierung

lineare Zeitlichkeit
Zwischenergebnis 1: Descartes
Zwischenergebnis 2: 18. Jahrhundert

epistemologische Modernisierung

Beobachtung 2. Ordnung
Problem 1: Perspektive
Problem 2: Erfahrung versus Wahrnehmung
Problem 3: Orientierungslosigkeit
19. Jahrhundert
Historismus und Evolution
Erfahrung versus Wahrnehmung