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Panel discussion, June 3, 2023

Criticism in the Field of Tension between Theory and Practice

Several experts from the University of Graz will provide a brief account of critical thought from their own discipline. The well-known German-Austrian journalist Renata Schmidtkunz will act as a panel moderator.

Renata Schmidtkunz (Panel Moderator)

Born 1964 in Hattingen/Ruhr, Germany, Renata Schmidtkunz studied Protestant theology. Since 1990, she works as an editor, moderator and filmmaker at ORF. She has filmed numerous documentaries, including the cinema documentary "Das Weiterleben der Ruth Klüger". In 2019, she published her book "Himmlisch frei! Warum wir wieder mehr Transzendenz brauchen" (edition a). Since 2013, she is director of the Ö1 broadcast series "Im Gespräch". In 2022 she was "scholar in residence" at Rutgers University New Jersey, USA. She won several awards, including the Axel Corti Prize (2014) and the Eduard Ploier Journalism Prize 2020.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Baumgarten (Ideology Criticism, Translation Studies)

Stefan Baumgarten is a professor in Translation Studies at the University of Graz. His current research centres on (critical) translation theories, the role of translation as an ideological practice and the social impact of translation technologies. He is co-editor (with J. Cornellà-Detrell) of the special journal issue ‘Translation in Times of Technocapitalism’ (Target, 2017) and of Translation and Global Spaces of Power (Multilingual Matters, 2018). Some of his relevant articles include ‘Translation and hegemonic knowledge under advanced capitalism’ (Target, 2017), ‘Adorno refracted: German critical theory in the neoliberal world order’ (Key Cultural Texts in Translation, 2018), and ‘Sprachliche und diskursive Tendenzen einer eliminatorischen Narration: Historische englische Übersetzungen von Mein Kampf’ (Sprache zwischenPolitik, Ideologie und Geschichtsschreibung, 2019).

Prof. Dr. Julian Blunk (Art Criticism, Art History)

Julian Blunk studied art history, film and television studies at Ruhr University Bochum. His PhD-thesis bears the title “Das Taktieren mit den Toten. The French royal tombs in the early modern period”. Between 2008 and 2016, he acted as a research associate at the Institute for Art History and Aesthetics at the Berlin University of the Arts. From 2016 to 2020, he was research associate in the research group BildEvidenz at the Freie Universität zu Berlin. There, he acted as a substitute for Prof. Dr. Peter Geimer in the summer semester 2021. He also collaborated in the Parvenue project of the BMBF, with a habilitation entitled “StilSpuk. Zu den Gespenstern des Historismus” at the FU Berlin 2022. Since 2018, he is editor of the kritische berichte, since 2022 professor of 18th-20th century art history at the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz.

Prof. Dr. Juliane Jarke (Critical Data Studies, Digital Societies)

Juliane Jarke is a Professor of Digital Societies at the University of Graz, Austria. Her research attends to the increasing importance of digital data and algorithmic systems in the public sector, education and for ageing populations. Theoretically and conceptually, her research is situated in data studies, participatory (design) research, and feminist STS. Prior to Graz, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher and interim professor at the University of Bremen, Germany where she co-founded the university’s Data Science Center. Juliane received her PhD in Organisation, Work and Technology from Lancaster University, UK and worked there as research associate at the Centre for the Study of Technology and Organisation. She was a visiting research fellow at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil and the University of Bristol, UK. Juliane holds an MSc in IT, Management and Organisational Change (Lancaster University), an MA in Philosophy and BSc in Informatics (both from the University of Hamburg, Germany). She is currently vice president of STS Austria, a founding member of the Special Interest Group “Participation” of the German Informatics Society, a member of the Socio-gerontechnology Network and member of the editorial board of Learning, Media and Technology. 

Prof. Dr. Judith Laister (Cultural Criticism, Cultural Anthropology)

Judith Laister is Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at the University of Graz. She studied cultural anthropology, art history and visual education and conducts research in the fields of urban anthropology and aesthetic anthropology with a focus on relational art, representational critique, public space and power, actors and images of the Anthropocene.

Prof. Dr. Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl (Criticism of Science, Philosophy)

Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl is full professor for Classical Phenomenology at the University of Graz. Since 2021, she acts as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. She is head of the Phenomenology division of the Department of Philosophy and member of the Ethics Committee of the University Hospital Graz. Her habilitation project was entitled Mediane Phänomenologie. Subjektivität im Spannungsfeld von Naturalität und Kulturalität.

Conference organizing team

Telefon:+43 316 380 - 2411 (Verena Sailer)
Mobil:+43 316 380 - 2666 (Barbara Hinterplattner)

Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.

Stefan Baumgarten

Institut für Theoretische und Angewandte Translationswissenschaft

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.

Susanne Kogler

Institut für Kunst- und Musikwissenschaft

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