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July 2003 conference in Berlin

Herbert Marcuse
News Articles & Conferences Page

compiled by Harold Marcuse: marcuse@history.ucsb.edu
(Harold's UCSB homepage)

**submission of materials and events welcome!**

see also Books About Marcuse Page, esp. 2005 listings
to: Herbert Marcuse homepage, Publications, Courses, Links Pages

created 12/26/2004; updated 2/16/12, 7/12/2014


Years listed in reverse chronological order.
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2014 (back to top)

  • Jan. 14, 2014: Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation Event in Berlin: Happy Birthday: "One-Dimensional-Man" Ein Abend zum 50. Geburtstag von Herbert Marcuses wohl wichtigstem Buch.
    • Vor 50 Jahren erschien "One-Dimensional-Man" von Herbert Marcuse in den USA, drei Jahre später die deutsche Übersetzung "Der eindimensionale Mensch". Marcuse gehörte zum Kreis der Kritischen Theorie, er blieb aber im Gegensatz zu Horkheimer, Adorno u.a. im amerikanischen Exil. Dort schrieb er auch das Buch, das die Gedanken des Aufbruchs rund um das Jahr 1968 formulierte und zum Stichwortgeber einer ganzen Protestgeneration wurde - von der Kritik der repressiven Natur des Spätkapitalismus über die Beschreibung der durch rein technisches Herrschaftswissen verwalteten Welt bis zum Lob der Kraft der Negation und der Befreiung der Bedürfnisse. Heute, 50 Jahre später, ist Herbert Marcuse zwar dem Namen nach vielen in der Linken bekannt. Doch was genau Marcuse kritisierte und warum sein Denken die außerparlamentarischen Bewegungen so stark beeinflusste, geriet in Vergessenheit ? und genau dem wollen wir zum 50. Geburtstag von "Der eindimensionale Mensch" entgegenwirken. Herbert Marcuse ist übrigens auf dem Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof in Berlin-Mitte begraben. Auf seinem Grabstein steht: "weitermachen!"
      Im Anschluss an den Vortrag wollen wir den Geburtstag dann auch, ganz wie es Herbert Marcuse gewollt hätte, in praktischer Hinsicht gebührend feiern.
    • Referent: Prof. Jürgen Pelzer; Moderation: Frank Engster
    • Veranstaltungsort: Monarch, Skalitzer Str. 134, 10999 Berlin
  • April 26, 20142014 Cornell poster: A workshop was held by Cornell University's Institute for German Cultural Studies:: "Radical Politics, Critical Aesthetics, Queer Pleasure: A Workshop on Herbert Marcuse." (pdf of program; archived summary of workshop)
  • June 1, 2014 in London: At the Dangerous Times Festival in London, actors performed Jackie Ivimy's 'political entertainment' "Anatomy of Violence," in which excerpts from Peter Villon's documentary of the 1967 "Dialectics of Liberation" conference are shown and actors read from the conference transcript.Actor Edward Halsted read excerpts from Herbert's contribution. This 3-page pdf contains bios of those involved.  There is a 6 min. YouTube clip of Adebayo Bolaji's performance of the Stokely Carmichael speech (66 views on 6/23/14). Bolaji, who is also a director with his own small theater company, is interested in producing Ivimy's script based on the 1967 Congress. 2014 call for papers
  • Sept. 28-29, 2014 at Columbia Universilty in New York: Conference with papers about One-Dimensional Man. These will be published in a special issue of Radical Philosophy Review.
  • Oct. 1-2, 2014 at Brandeis University in Boston: 2-day conference The Many Dimensions of Herbert Marcuse. The keynote lectures will be held by Martin Jay and Douglas Kellner. The conference coincides with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Marcuse's most famous book, One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society, and the recent discovery at Brandeis of an early draft of the book that was given to Brandeis by Herbert before he left for UCSD in 1964.

2013 (back to top)

  • Nov. 7-9, 2013 in Louisville, KY: Program for the Int'l HM Society conference. In the final panel, an archivist from Brandeis university reported on the discovery of the manuscript of One-Dimensional Man in a Brandeis storage room.
    Two articles have recently been published about the discovery:

2012 (back to top)

  • On Feb. 12, 2012 in London the 1967 Dialectics of Liberation conference was reenacted with the original organizers and actors playing the roles of leading speakers, including Herbert. See their website with poster; archive copy of poster (pdf).

2011 (back to top)2011 Critical Refusals conference poster

  • July 2, 2011: Jürgen Habermas, "Grossherzige Remigranten: Über jüdische Philosophen in der frühen Bundesrepublik. Eine persönliche Erinnerung," in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
    • Excerpt:
      "Die Veranstaltungsreihe [1956 Freud Vorlesungsreihen in Heidelberg und Frankfurt] schloss übrigens mit zwei Vorträgen eines Philosophen über «Die Idee des Fortschritts im Lichte der Psychoanalyse», die mich elektrisiert haben wie kaum ein Vortrag je vorher oder nachher. Damals sah ich Herbert Marcuse, der Gedanken aus seinem noch unveröffentlichten Buch «Eros and Civilization» vortrug, zum ersten Mal. Ich hatte erst zwei Monate zuvor meine Arbeit an dem Institut aufgenommen, aus dessen verschollener Vergangenheit mir nun, unerwartet und ohne dialektische Schnörkel, ein vital gegenwärtiger Geist entgegentrat. Das Bild, das wir uns aus den engagierten Zeiten der Studentenbewegung von Marcuse bewahren, blendet die Qualität des Wissenschafters aus, der in Freiburg eine solide philosophisches Ausbildung genossen hatte. Im Kreis der «alten» Frankfurter war Marcuse derjenige, der sich in seinen philosophischen Untersuchungen an konventionelle wissenschaftliche Massstäbe hielt – dafür ist «Reason and Revolution» das beste Beispiel. Ohne diese Qualität hätte Marcuse auch acht Jahre später mit seinem Vortrag über «Industrialisierung und Kapitalismus» unter den Jüngeren nicht das Echo finden können, auf das es mir in unserem wirkungsgeschichtlichen Kontext ankommt."
      Es folgt eine Beschreibung eines Vortrags von Herbert über Max Weber auf dem Heidelberger Soziologenkongress im Jahre 1964.
  • Sept. 1, 2011, American Political Science Association, panel: "Herbert Marcuse and One-Dimensional Politics in the Twenty-first Century"
    Chair: William L. Niemi, Western State College of Colorado;
    Presenters:
    Douglas Kellner University of California, Los Angeles, kellner@ucla.edu
    Bradley J. Macdonald Colorado State University
    Nichole Marie Shippen Ohio University
    Clayton Pierce University of Utah
    Michael Forman University of Washington, Tacoma
    (screenshot; conf. page)
  • Oct. 27-29, 2011: Fourth Biennal Conference of the International Herbert Marcuse Society in Philadelphia.

2010 (back to top)


2009 (back to top)


2008 (back to top)

  • April 15 , 2008: The University of Hannover in Germany opened a public colloquium "40 years after 1968" with a lecture on Herbert by Peter-Erwin Jansen. See the report in the 4/16/08 Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung:
    Kritische Theorie in Bewegung
    Peter-Erwin Jansen eröffnet mit einem Vortrag über Herbert Marcuse das öffentliche Kolloquium "40 Jahre nach 1968."
    Von Karl-Ludwig Baader
    Herbert Marcuse war weit mehr als der „Guru der deutschen Studentenbewegung“, zu dem ihn die Medien in den späten Sechzigern gemacht hätten, sagt Peter-Erwin Jansen. Sein Vortrag eröffnete in der Leibniz Universität das öffentliche Kolloquium „40 Jahre nach 1968“, das sich bis zum Juli in acht Veranstaltungen dem Gedenkthema der Saison widmen will. Jansen, der im zu Klampen Verlag die nachgelassenen Schriften des in Deutschland 1898 geborenen, von den Nazis vertriebenen Sozialphilosophen herausgibt, macht auf die vielfältigen internationalen Aktivitäten Marcuses aufmerksam. Der Soziologe und Philosoph war Teil der amerikanischen Bürgerrechtsbewegung der sechziger Jahre, veröffentlichte Texte über Südamerika, Vietnam oder Israel, suchte Kontakt mit Aktivisten verschiedener soziale Bewegungen.
    Diese Erfahrungen, glaubt Jansen, erklären auch seine Differenzen, die er mit anderen Vertretern der Kritischen Theorie wie Theodor Adorno und Max Horkheimer hatte. Marcuse stehe gleichwohl in der Tradition der Kritischen Theorie. Er habe die Tendenzen untersucht, die „eine Praxis der Befreiung verhindern“. In einem seiner bekanntesten Werke, „Der eindimensionale Mensch“ von 1964 beschreibt er die Manipulation des Subjekts in der Industriegesellschaft, etwa durch Konsum. Aber anders als Adorno habe er in den unterschiedlichen sozialen Bewegungen Ansätze für einen Kampf um eine gerechtere Welt gesehen.
    Jedenfalls fanden die Aktivisten der frühen Studentenbewegung bei ihm, so Jansen, "Anhaltspunkte für eine Legitimität der Revolte". Den in den Siebzigern gegen Marcuse erhobenen Vorwurf, er hätte die Gewalttaten junger Linken zu verantworten, hält Jansen für unsinnig. Marcuse habe zwar auf das "Naturrecht auf Widerstand" bestanden und sich damit in einer jahrhundertealten philosophischen Tradition der Legitimierung des "Tyrannenmords" befunden, aber die Aktivitäten der RAF habe er immer verurteilt. Durch nichts sah er die Ermordung unschuldiger Opfer gerechtfertigt.
    Zudem war er bis zu seinem Tod 1979 ein zwar solidarischer, aber auch beharrlicher Kritiker bestimmter Positionen der deutschen Linken, was sich im Briefwechsel mit Rudi Dutschke gezeigt habe. Viele Sektierer hätten sich nach Marcuses Einschätzung in einer Phantasiewelt befunden. Zwar sei auch er vom "Antagonismus der Klassen" ausgegangen, aber die Arbeiterklasse sei für ihn nicht mehr "das marxistische Proletariat", also keine revolutionäre Kraft mehr gewesen.
    Was von Marcuses Theorie heute noch aktuelle Bedeutung beanspruchen kann, wurde nicht diskutiert. Es blieb bei einer Art Theoriearchäologie – die im Grunde nicht unbekannten Texte wurden wie "Ausgrabungen" präsentiert.
    Die nächste Veranstaltung der Reihe findet am 29. April im Hörsaal F442 der Universität Hannover, Welfengarten 1, statt. Michael Buckmiller spricht über Wolfgang Abendroth und Gregor Kritidis über die Vorgeschichte der Apo.

2007 (back to top)

  • March 16-17, 2007: Duquesne University Conference: Critical Theory and Phenomenology
    2-page pdf with program
  • July 3, 2007Marcuse und Nilpferd, Juli 2007: Fachschaftsinitiativen der Freien Universität Berlin, " Herbert Marcuse und das Nilpferd."
    • Publizistik- u. Kommunikationswissenschaft announcement (get from web archive once out of date); FSI PuK blog announcement; FUwatch announcement
    • "Am Dienstag, den 3. Juli 2007 gehen wir der Frage auf den Grund, was ein Nilpferd mit der Revolution zu tun hat. Zusätzlich werden wir zusammen lesen, was an Toleranz repressiv ist bzw. sein kann und darüber bei Suppe und Bionade diskutieren. Kommt alle!
      Den Text “Repressive Toleranz” gibt es hier: www.marcuse.org/herbert/pubs/60spubs/65reprtoleranzdt.htm und auch am Dienstag in Papierform im Tricky."
  • Nov 8-10, 2007: " Critique and Liberation in the Work of Herbert Marcuse,"
    conference at Saint Joseph's University Marcuse in Philadelphia (program)

2006 (back to top)

  • January 7, 2006: Roundtable at the American Historical Association conference in Phildelphia:
    • The Legacy of Martin Heidegger and the Question of Technology—Roundtable
      Marriott, Room 408, SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2:30–4:30 P.M.
      A session of Conference Group for Central European History
      • Chair: Richard Wolin, Graduate Center, City University of New York
      • Technology and Politics in 1950s West Germany, by Anna Wertz, University of California at Berkeley
      • Marcuse’s Encounter with Heidegger, by John Abromeit, University of Chicago
      • Hans Jonas, Martin Heidegger, and the Question Concerning Technology, by Benjamin Lazier, University of Chicago
      • Guenther Anders’ Confrontation with Heidegger, by Jason Dawsey, University of Chicago
      • Comment: Richard Wolin
  • April 13, 2006, UCSD: National Conference on Academic Freedom. Program included a screening of Herbert's Hippopotamus. (1-page pdf flyer)

2005 (back to top)

  • Apr. 15, 2005: Panel at the Amercan Educational Research Association Conference in Montreal: "Marcuse's Challenge to Education."
    • Session abstract:
      The Frankfurt School critical theorist Herbert Marcuse's relationship with education is both historical and philosophical: historically, Marcuse was the proponent the 60s New Left student movement, and philosophically, Marcuse's analysis revealed the democratic impulse driving those movements. Now, almost 25 years after his death, is Marcuse still relevant to education? This panel will answer this question by arguing that Marcuse's work issues a challenge to education to realize its practice as a force for political contestation and democratic struggle against today's conditions of standardization, high stakes testing, and "No Child Left Behind." Professor Douglas Kellner, editor of Marcuse's collected papers and whose work has convincingly argued for Marcuse's continued relevance, will serve as moderator and respondent.
    • Papers:
      Clay Pierce, "Towards a Critical Theory of Technology in Education: Marcuse and the Great Refusal"
      Abstract: For Marcuse technology enables us to realize human potentials and invigorates the imagination. Yet under standardization, technology has been mostly used to reproduce technological rationality. Thus Marcuse's concept of the "Great Refusal" enables educators to critique current trends and realize technology in a democratic process.
      Richard Van Heertum, "Marcuse, Bloch, and Freire: Pedagogy of Hope"
      Abstract: Thomas Jefferson argued that an educated and informed citizenry is critical to democracy, but today democracy stands in jeopardy. This paper will explore the implications of Marcuse's aesthetics in the enrichment of our curriculum to invigorate democratic hope.
      Richard V. Kahn, "Marcuse and the Dream of Humanitas"
      Abstract: Marcuse articulates education for life as an articulation of the classical notion of Humanitas. The current movement of high stakes accountability is a form of "technical rationality" that threatens this concept of Humanitas. The paper argues that Marcuse's vision of Humanitas is important but ultimately too narrow and must be enlarged to address today's ecological crisis in order to move beyond Eurocentrism.
      Tammy Shel, "How can Marcuse's philosophy help to understand the role of caring and moral education?"
      Abstract: Marcuse's critique of technical rationality implicated science in the undemocratic monopolization of political power. This paper will call for a reconceptualization of science research for an educational pedagogy of care.
      Tyson Lewis, "Marcuse and the Multi-Dimensional Body"
      Abstract: Under current standardization, funds for the arts are being cut. As opposed to this trend, Marcuse would argue for a pedagogy of the senses and an incorporation of the body into education. Thus in this paper, I will assert that the arts are central to any notion of education for a fully realized human subjectivity.
      Daniel Cho, "Than[a]tos and Civilization: Lacan, Marcuse, and the Death Instinct"
      Abstract: Marcuse placed the question of human psychology at the center of his political theory. He articulated the struggle for democratic liberation with Freud's dialectic of the life instinct and the death drive. In education, this dialectical tension between the two drives meets its practice in student involvement in the political process. In this paper I both acknowledge the importance of Marcuse's insight while also suggesting that Lacanian psychoanalysis brings a new dimension to Marcuse's analysis.
      Dolores Calderon, "Marcuse and the Challenge of New Epistemologies"
      Abstract: Marcuse called for new epistemologies in his critique of technological rationalism and Eurocentrism. In this paper, I will further Marcuse's position through a turn towards indigenous ways of knowing. For education, this would entail giving voice to marginalized communities against standardization.
  • May 18-20, 2005: May 2005 Belo Horizonte conferenceconference "Dimensão Estética: Homenagem aos 50 anos de Eros et Civilização," Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
    • scans of 4-day program available here
    • conference webpage was at: http://www.fafich.ufmg.br/~dimensao/ (web archive version, Nov. 28, 2004)
    • The title in English: "The Aesthetic Dimension: Homage to 50 years of Eros and Civilization"
    • Note: "The Aesthetic Dimension" is the title of chapter 9 of Eros and Civilization (see E&C contents), as well as of Herbert's last monograph, published in 1978.
    • invited speakers included: Jeremy J. Shapiro, Shierry Nicholsen Weber, Douglas Kellner, several German critical theorists associated with the journal Zeitschrift für kritische Theorie, especially Gerhard Schweppenhaueser and Thomas Friedrich.
  • July 19, 2005: To mark Herbert's 107th birthday Doug Ireland wrote an excellent blog entry, with reminiscences by Ron Aronson, Lowell Bergman, Norman Birnbaum, Ariel Dorfman, Norman Geras, and Jeff Weinstein (see the Scholars & Activists Page for more information). The blog entry was a featured link from ZNet, In These Times, and DissidentVoice.org. The marcuse.org homepage received about 100-140 additional hits a day at this time.
    note: 7/29/09: the article is also published on Znet.
  • Oct. 4, 2005: presentation in Berlin by Dr. Wolfgang Lenk cover of One-Dimensional Manabout One-Dimensional Man.
    "Klassiker der Kritik I: Herbert Marcuse - Der eindimensionale Mensch (1964)"
    Vortrag von Dr. Wolfgang Lenk, am 4. Oktober 2005 um 19.30 Uhr im Versammlungsraum im Mehringhof, Gneisenaustr.2a, Berlin-Kreuzberg. Sponsored by the group Anders arbeiten.
    For more information contact: andersarbeiten@riseup.net.
    Beschreibung: Marcuses Buch stammt unverkennbar aus dem sog. "goldenen Zeitalter" des Kapitalismus - es diagnostiziert den "Sieg über das unglückliche Bewußtsein" durch die Kräfte der Massenkultur, die Vergöttlichung von Arbeitsethos und neuester Technologie. Und es war von größter Bedeutung für die Revolte von 1968. Heute, in Zeiten des marktliberalen Umbaus, sind wir erneut mit umfassenden Transformationen von Kultur, Technologie und Menschenbild konfrontiert. Ist Marcuses eindimensionaler Mensch ein Vorläufer des "flexiblen Menschen" (Richard Sennett), also eines vollständig der Vermarktlichung unterworfenen Lebensmodells? Was macht seine Analyse heute wieder lesenswert? Was unterscheidet die Bedingungen für Protest damals und heute? Blurb: Marcuse's book originated unmistakably during the so-called "golden age" of capitalism - it diagnoses the "victory over unhappy consciousness" by the forces of mass culture, the worship of the work ethic, and by the latest technology. And it was of great importance for the revolt of 1968. Today, in a time of restructuring of the liberal market, we are again confronted with comprehensive transformations of culture, technology and out image of humanity. Is Marcuse's one-dimensional person a forerunner of "flexible humans" (Richard Sennett), that is a model of life completely dominated by marketing and consumption? What makes this analysis worth reading again today? What differentiates between the conditions for protest at that time and today?
  • Oct. 14, 2005: presentation in Starnberg by KD Wolff, "Herbert Marcuse: Vernunft als erotische Energie" (der Titel stammt nicht von ihm), in the Villa Böhler, (jetzt Montessori-Schule), EUR 10.- Eintritt, veranstaltet vom Kulturbureau Borst during Starnberg's "literarischer Herbst," . (See also the entry on Wolff on the Scholars & Activists Page.)
  • Nov. 3-6, 2005: Eros and Civilization: postcard woman with motorcycleconference "Reading Herbert Marcuse's Eros and Civilization after 50 Years" at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia PA, organized by Dr. Arnold Farr.
    See the conference website with call for papers, registration form, and contact information, as well as the program for each of the 4 days.
    Call for papers (due by June 30):
    The Philosophy Department at Saint Joseph's University invites paper submissions to a conference devoted to the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Herbert Marcuse's Eros and Civilization. Papers are welcome on a wide range of topics: explication of Marcuse's project in Eros and Civilization; its place in his social philosophy; the influence of Marcuse's work in the past fifty years; its place in a critical theory of society; the importance of Eros and Civilization for fields such as psychology, aesthetics, and political philosophy; and prospects for a renewal of Marcuse's approach to social philosophy.
    • added 10/28/07: Russell Rockwell's 5-paragraph summary of the conference
    • Thursday
      • Stewart Varner, Emory University, “Eros and Globalization”
      • John Sanbonmatsu, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, “Marcuse at the Arcade: Video Games, Repressive Desublimation, and the Emergence of Postmodern Fascism in America”
      • Todd Lavin, Clarion University,“Ego and Civilization: A Sobering Response to Marcuse’s Eros and Civilization”
      • Paul Guyer, University of Pennsylvania, “The Aesthetics of Life: From Burke to Marcuse”
      • Peter Marcuse, Columbia University, Commemorative Address
      • Charles Reitz, Kansas Community College, "Herbert Marcuse on Aesthetic Education: Imagination, Death, and Reminiscence in Eros and Civilization"
      • Irving Kurki, Independent Scholar,“Marcuse and the Search for a Global Alternative to Capital Domination”
    • Friday
      • Saby Ghoshray, Independent Scholar,“Understanding America’s War on Terror Through the Lens of Marcuse’s Eros and Civilization”
      • Aydan Turanli, Istanbul Technical University,“The Creation of the New Sensibility: Herbert Marcuse on Technology Critique”
      • Jim Block, DePaul University,“Psychopolitics and Vision: Marcuse’s Post-Modern Dialectic of Transformation”
      • Daniel Malloy, Appalachian State University, “The Two Bodies of Eros and Civilization: Marcuse’s Philosophy of the Body”
      • Espen Hammer, University of Essex, “Critical Utopianism: Reflections on Marcuse and
        Adorno”
      • Stephen Bronner, Rutgers University, “Herbert Marcuse and the Birth of Critical Political Theory”
      • Peter-Erwin Jansen, Frankfurt, “Marcuse Reception in Germany”
      • Amy Wendling, Erik Anderson, Michael Brownstein, and Jared Swanson, The Pennsylvania State University-- Panel Discussion: “Marcuse, Social Change, and Technology”
    • Saturday
      • Russell Rockwell, Fordham University, “The Marcuse/Dunayevskaya Correspondence and Marcuse’s “Philosophic Interlude” in Eros and Civilization”
      • Joshua Rayman, “Testing Marcuse’s Eros and Civilization”
      • Jeffrey Paris, University of San Francisco, “Beyond the Repressive Hypothesis? In Defense of Eros and Civilization”
      • Michael Schleeter, The Pennsylvania State University, “The Ambiguous Reconciliation of Eros and Civilization”
      • Douglas Kellner, UCLA,“Herbert Marcuse and the Dialectics of Liberation: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Eros and Civilization”
      • Arnold L. Farr, St. Joseph’s University, “Toward a Democratic Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Human Instincts: The Possibility of Marcuse’s Impossible Imperative”
      • John Abromeit, University of Chicago, “Eros and Civilization, the Anthropology of the Bourgeois Epoch and the Persistence of Backlash Politics”
      • Mark Cobb, Pensacola Junior College, “hooks, Lorde, and Marcuse: Exploring the Legacies of Eros and Civilization”
      • Brian Lightbody, Brock University, “Can We Truly Love That Which is Fleeting? An Examination of Eros, Time and Death in Eros and Civilization”
    • Sunday
      • Liam Harte, Westfield State College, “Non-Repressive Civilization or Tyranny of the Prosperous Majority? The Performance Principle in the Marketist Age”
      • Lucio Privitello, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, “Teaching Marcuse: A Critical Pedagogy of Aesthetic Dimensions”
      • Stephen Hedges, Washington Bureau, “The Marcuse-55 Model and the XXI Century”
      • Jason Rovito, Ryerson University, “Communicating the Historical Imperative: Marcuse in an Age of Irony”
      • Zachariah Robert, Harvard Law School, "Play and Performance: A Comparison of Hannah Arendt's and Herbert Marcuse's Politics"
      • Mitchell Aboulafia, The Pennsylvania State University, “Eros and Self-Determination”
      • Mary Gennuso, CUNY, "Marcuse on Memory, Death and Time"
      • Andrew Payne, St. Joseph’s University, "Hedonism and the Project of Eros and Civilization"

2004 (back to top)Program of the Feb. 2004 conference in Cologne

  • Feb. 7, 2004 conference: "Philosophie der Befreiung: Herbert Marcuse zum 25. Todestag."
    • hosted by the Thomas Morus Academy Bensberg in Bergisch Gladbach.
    • View the program as a pdf or jpg.
    • Presentations:
      Bernd Seifert (Institut für Soziologie, Uni. Flensburg), "Jüdische Mystik und Frankfurter Schule: Gershom Scholems Kabbala Lekture und ihre Bedeutung für Benjamin, Fromm, Adorno und Marcuse."
      Michael Hofmann (Section Langues Germaniques, Uni Luettich), "Die Permanenz der Kunst: Marcuses Äesthetik zwischen Überwindung der Kunst und Kunst als Widerstand."
      Stephan Bundschuh (Info.zentrum für Antisemitismusarbiet, Düsseldorf), "Aktueller Rassismus: Eine Refektüre Marcuses zum gegenwärtigen Migrationsdiskurs."
      Peter-Erwin Jansen, "Herbert Marcuse und die Studententbewegung: Der Briefwechsel mit Rudi Dutschke."
      Screening of: "Herberts Hippopotamus: Dokumentarfilm von P.A. Juutilainen, 1996"
  • March 2004 French article about Herbert on Israel: Peter-Erwin Jansen and Raffaele Laudani, "Une Pensee Premonitoire: Une injustice ne peut réparer une injustice," in Le Monde diplomatique. Also in that issue: "Marcuse, Israël et les Juifs" (translation of a Dec. 1971 lecture)
  • July 2004: Sven Oliveira Cavalcanti, "Herbert Marcuse – Zum 25. Todestag," - sehr informativer Artikel über Leben und Werke, mit Belegen, auf sopos.org, der Internetseite von Sozialistische Positionen: Beiträge zu Politik, Kultur und Gesellschaft (Hannover).
  • July 29, 2004: Jochen Stöckmann, "Der Philosoph der 68er: Zum 25. Todestag von Herbert Marcuse"
  • August 2004: "Die Sinnlichkeit gesellschaftlicher Praxis: Zum 25.Todestag von Herbert Marcuse," in: Sozialistische Zeitung, August 2004, Seite 21
  • August 5, 2004 (Spanish): "El hombre unidimensional. Marcuse a 25 años de su muerte," in: Educar: El portal educativo del Estado argentino.

2000-2003Poster for July 2003 FU conference (back to top)

  • 2001, May 12 Italian: Marino Freschi, "I nuovi «reazionari» riscoprono Adorno e Marcuse: Negli anni '60 e '70 una corrente filosofica dominava il pensiero occidentale ed era di moda tra gli «studenti rivoluzionari». Ora torna come antidoto contro la cultura globalizzata," in: Il Giornale
  • 2001, July 9: Franco Volpi, "Herbert Marcuse al servizio degli americani," (review of vol. 1 of Herbert's unpublished papers in Italian), in: La Repubblica
  • 2002, July 17 Italian: Dario Fertilio, "Da Marx a Marcuse: L'editore Armando ripubblica tutti i suoi testi," in: Il Corriere della Sera
  • 1998-2003: list of articles in Italian newspapers, with full texts
  • July 18, 2003 burial in Berlin: Many articles about burial of Herbert's ashes in Berlin can be found on the
    Articles about the burial of Herbert Marcuse's Ashes Page
  • July 17, 2003 conference in Berlin: "Die Praxis folgt der Wahrheit: Zur Aktualität der Philosophie Herbert Marcuses."
    • Title translates as: 'Practice Follows Truth:
      On the Relevance of Herbert Marcuse's Philosophy'
    • I may someday complete a separate 2003 FU Berlin conference page with links to the text of several presentations. (I'm waiting for the publication of talks.) 9/1/05: F.O. Wolf
    • This conference was held in the same lecture hall of the Free University where Herbert participated in a June 1967 student gathering, with a lecture about the "End of Utopia." Full text with discussion in English and German.
    • July 19, 2003 report in Der Tagesspiegel
    • July 18, 2003 report in Deutschlandfunk: "Die Asche meines Philosophen: Ein Kolloquium über Herbert Marcuse, dessen Urne heute auf dem Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof in Berlin beigesetzt wurde," von Arno Orzessek
  • August 16, 2003: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Aug 16, 2003:
    • Russell Rockwell, "The Social Relevance of Hegel's Absolute Idea: Herbert Marcuse's Two Hegel Books." 21-page pdf availavle online for $7 at www.allacademic.com/meta/p107070_index.html
    • Abstract: The central chapter of Herbert Marcuse’s relatively well-known 1941 work, Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory, presents what is actually an abbreviated version of a more through investigation of the social relevance of Hegel’s absolute idea Marcuse first developed in Hegel’s Ontology and the Theory of Historicity, published a decade earlier (1932). In addition, Marcuse’s initial, more comprehensive interpretation blunts the critical points he makes against the social relevance of Hegel’s absolute idea in the later work.

1999 (back to top)

  • July 1999 article: Werner Olles, "Neomarxismus und Philosophie - Marcuse als Ersatzvater für die Kinder der Revolution. Vor 20 Jahren starb mit Herbert Marcuse, der Utopist der Neuen Linken," in: Junge Freiheit, July 30, 1999.

1998 (back to top)

  • February 1998 article: John Brady, "Spanking the Marine: Jürgen Habermas, Herbert Marcuse and the Resources of Solidarity and Resistance," in: Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life (UC Berkeley) [note Jan. 2005: no longer available; June 2005 available again; not in internet archive]
  • July 15, 1998 Italian article: Avvenire, Gianni Santamaria, "Marcuse, Epicuro del '68: A un secolo dalla nascita cosa resta del suo pensiero. Dalla Scuola di Francoforte a ispiratore del Maggio francese."
  • July 18, 1998: Tagesanzeiger (Zurich), Detlev Claussen, "Dem Weltgeist in die Nüstern spucken: Eine Erinnerung an Herbert Marcuse zum hundertsten Geburtstag
  • August 1998: Gilles Châtelet, "L'Homme pour qui la résignation était ringarde: Relire Marcuse pour ne pas vivre comme des porcs," in: Le Monde diplomatique, August 1998, pp. 22-23. The title translates as: 'The Man for whom resignation was old-fashioned: Rereading Marcuse in order not to live like pigs.' Link thanks to Doug Ireland, who found it while doing a column on Gilles Deleuze (Châtelet connected the two for an interview in 1995). The title refers also to Châtelet's 1998 book, whose title translates as: "To Live and Think Like Pigs: envy and boredom in market-economy democracies." Lead paragraph of the 1998 article:
    • Le récent trentenaire de mai 68 a donné lieu a d’assez consternantes autocélébrations. Bien installés dans le confort mou de leur respectabilité actuelle, quelques anciennes « gloires » du mouvement ont parlé de Mai comme d’un passé à tout jamais englouti par l’histoire. Tout en exaltant la révolte d’alors, ils ont fait l’éloge de la résignation contemporaine. Et se sont ainsi livrés à une figure classique de la mauvaise conscience : celle du reniement. Comme tous ceux qui se sentent en révolte contre les injustices actuelles, ils devraient pourtant lire, ou relire, Herbert Marcuse, dont les thèses - qui mirent le feu aux poudres en mai 1968 - demeurent plus vivantes que jamais.
    • Babelfish literal translation, tweaked: 'The recent thirtieth anniversary of May 68 spawned a dismaying number of self-celebrations. Installed well in the soft comfort of their current respectability, some old "glories" of the movement spoke about that May as if it had been absorbed forever by history. All into the exciting revolt then, they spoke in praise of contemporary resignation. And thus devoted themselves to a traditional figure of bad conscience: that of disavowal. As all those who feel in revolt against the current injustices, they should however read, or re-read, Herbert Marcuse, whose theses - which reflect fire with the powders in May 1968 - remain more alive than ever.'
  • Sept/Oct 1998: Michael Lerner, "Herbert Marcuse at 100" Tikkun magazine
  • 1998 Berlin conference: Victor Rego Diaz, Kamil Uludag und Gunter Willing (eds.), Brecht, Eisler, Marcuse, 100 Fragen kritischer Theorie heute, publication commissioned by the Berlin Institut für Kritische Theorie (InkriT) (Hamburg: Argument, 1999), 193 p., Series Argument Sonderband, n.F., 266. "Ausgewählte Beiträge der 2. Internationalen Tagung des Instituts für Kritische Theorie"
  • 1998 Rome conference: Leonardo Casini (ed.), Eros, utopia e rivolta: il pensiero e l'opera di Herbert Marcuse; [una serie di saggi presentati al Convegno su Marcuse, dal Titolo "Eros, Utopia e Rivolta", tenutosi a Roma nel 1998] / Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Filosofia. (Milano: F. Angeli, 2004), 182 p. Texts in German or Italian; Papers presented to the congress, Rome, 1998, on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of H. Marcuse (1898-1979), philosopher.
  • 1998 Berkeley conference: 1998 Berkeley conference program1998 Berkeley conference program"The Legacy of Herbert Marcuse." Nov. 6-7, 1998, Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley.

1990-1997 (back to top)

  • 1990 Frankfurt conference: Institut für Sozialforschung (ed.), Kritik und Utopie im Werk von Herbert Marcuse (Frankfurt am Main : Suhrkamp, 1992), 400 p. Revised papers from a conference held 1990 in Frankfurt am Main on the occasion of the opening of the Herbert-Marcuse-Archiv.
  • 1993 lecture: Douglas Kellner, "A Marcuse Renaissance?" Nottingham Polytechnic University, England, March 1993.
  • 1994 lecture: Douglas Kellner, "The Marcusean Vision," Society for the Study of Social Problems, Los Angeles, August 1994.
  • 1994 lecture: Douglas Kellner, "A Marcuse Renaissance?" Midwest Radical Scholars conference, Loyola University, Chicago, October 1994.
  • 1994 lecture: "Herbert Marcuse and Philosophy," Department of Philosophy, Tampere University (Sweden), May 1995.

1980s (back to top)

  • 1984 conference in Ludwigsburg: Axel Honneth, Albrecht Wellmer (eds.), Die Frankfurter Schule und die Folgen: Referate eines Symposiums der Alexander 1989 Frankfurt conference postervon Humboldt-Stiftung vom 10.-15. Dezember 1984 in Ludwigsburg, 1986
  • 1988 conference in Dubrovnik: Gvozden Flego und Wolfdietrich Schmied-Kowarzik (eds.), Herbert Marcuse, Eros und Emanzipation: Marcuse-Symposion 1988 in Dubrovnik (Giessen: Germinal, 1989), 372 p.
  • 1989 conference in Frankfurt: Befreiung denken, ein politischer Imperativ: ein Materialienband zu einer politischen Arbeitstagung u¨ber Herbert Marcuse am 13. und 14. Oktober 1989 in Frankfurt: Veranstalter, "links"-Redaktion, "Tüte"-Redaktion, ASTA/Linke Liste, Uni Frankfurt edited by Peter-Erwin Jansen in Zusammenarbeit mit der "links"-Redaktion und dem Sozialistischen Büro (Offenbach/Main: Verlag 2000, 1990)

1970s cover of Sept. 1970 Playboy(back to top)

  • Sept. 1970 article: Michael G. Horowitz, "Portrait of the Marxist as an Old Trouper," a "personality profile" of Herbert written by a Brandeis undergraduate (1963-67), after Herbert's April 1969 appearance at SUNY Old Westbury. It was published in Sept. 1970 in Playboy  magazine.
  • 1972: Herbert participated in the Angela-Davis-Kongress organized by the Sozialistisches Büro in Offenbach, Germany.
  • 1977: Herbert spoke on "Ecology and Social Criticism" to students from the 'Friends of Nature" movement in California.
    • A German translation of this lecture is published in Jansen (ed.), Befreiung Denken (1990), 43-52.
  • October 1977: 2007 feature story about 1977 invitationHerbert lectured at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut on October 27, "10 Years Later: The New Left."
    • I (Harold) have video footage of this talk, if anyone is interested.
    • In spring 2007 the alumi magazine Wesleyan published a special issue about the new president of the university, Michael Roth '78. One of the features in the article is the story of how Roth, in 1977 president of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, invited Marcuse to speak. (scan of 2007 feature story)
  • June 1979: Herbert participated in the Römerberg Gespräche in Frankfurt.
    • His presentation was entitled "Die Revolte der Lebenstriebe."
  • July 1979 pictures: On Herbert's death in Starnberg see the Burial and Gravestone Picture Page on this site [link fixed 2/14/10]

1960s (back to top)

  • Feb. 13, 1964 paper: "On Science and Phenomenology," in: Proceedings of the Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science, 1962-1964 [Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science; Volume Two: In Honor of Philipp Frank], edited by Robert S. Cohen and Marx W. Wartofsky (New York: Humanities Press, 1965), Chapter 9, pp. 279-290.
    • see also: Gurwitsch, Aron. "Comment on the Paper by H. Marcuse," in: Proceedingspp. 291-306. Text of comment on Ralph Dumain's autodidact.org website.
  • March 1965 New York conference: "One-dimensional Art in Society," School of Visual Arts of New York. See Herbert Marcuse, "Art in the One-Dimensional Society," Arts Magazine 41:7(May 1967)
  • 1966 Frankfurt: Herbert participated in a Vietnam congress
  • June/July 1967: Herbert lectured in Berlin on Utopia (invitation from the SDS), and in London on the Dialectics of Liberation. (full texts available from Publications Page)
  • October 1968 UCLA lecture:flyer for 1968 Meyerhoff lecture   "Beyond One-Dimensional Man," the first annual Hans Meyerhoff lecture
  • June 1969 lectures in Italy: see Diego Giachetti, "Giugno 1969: I 'Caldi' Giorni Italiani di Herbert Marcuse,"
    Il Protagora
    , n. 4, luglio-dicembre 2004.
    The title translates as "June 1969: The 'Hot' Italian Days of Herbert Marcuse".

1950s (back to top)

  • 1956 gathering in Frankfurt: Herbert participated in a memorial ceremony in Frankfurt on the anniversary of the 100th birthday of Sigmund Freud.
    • a lecture, "Freedom and Freud's theory of instincts," was published in 1979 in Five Lectures, 1-27 "1956 lecture in German, publ. 1957, 1968
  • December 1956 conference: Herbert presented a paper on "The Indictment of Western Philosophy in Freudian Theory." Found on p. 709 of American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Fifty-Third Annual Meeting University of Pennsylvania, December 27-29, 1956, in: Journal of Philosophy 53:22(Oct. 1956), pp. 705-709.
    Perhaps never published?

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