FiF Lecture 2024 with Prof. Dr Käte Meyer-Drawe

Imposition instead of censorship. The double-edged sword of experience.

For the upcoming FiF Lecture on 7 May 2024, Prof. Dr Käte Meyer-Drawe could be won.

For many years, Käte Meyer-Drawe lectured at Ruhr University Bochum. Since 2015, she has been a full member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. In 2022, she received an honorary doctorate from Klagenfurt University. She is regarded as one of the most renowned pedagogues whose work repeatedly addresses the challenges of human learning confronted with new technologies and technical environments.

About the lecture

“Political correctness” or “wokeness” represent a form of moralism that is primarily found in the academic milieu. Here it is demanded that one should only dress, speak out, act and interfere in the context of one's own experiences. Men are not allowed to speak for women, women not for men, both, if they are white, not for people of colour. This makes experience recognisable as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, experiences close their horizons by referring to authenticity. On the other hand, they extend their range by opening up fracture lines where new things can enter.

Ambivalence therefore means that experience can, on the one hand, claim the authority of what has been traditionally handed down, but on the other hand also enables the painful introduction of something new. This ambivalence is particularly important for aesthetic education, which misinterprets art neither as a simple ornament nor as an educational tool or as modelled on the sciences.

The political dimension of aesthetic experiences is based on a sensibilisation for incompatibilities and in physical objections against any form of dogmatic rigidities that require no linguistic verification. Silent certainties are disturbed, undermined and therefore open to criticism. “[…] it is obvious that only perception decides, and that new things can slap all expectation in the face.” (Edmund Husserl)

To what extent aesthetic education has to do with disturbances in the comfort of perception and reflection will be illustrated using selected works of art.


Tuesday, 7 May 17:15
Lichtenberg-Haus, Dieburger Straße 241, Darmstadt

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