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Free lecture: God/Terror: Ethics and Aesthetics in Contexts of Conflict and Reconciliation


Prof. Dr. Volker Küster, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz /Germany is giving a free lecture, titled: "God/Terror: Ethics and Aesthetics in Contexts of Conflict and Reconciliation" on Wednesday, October 11 at Noon in the Reading Room.

Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP in advance to Prof. Joerg Rieger.

Volker Küster addresses the quest for God in the context of oppression, violence and terror from an aesthetic perspective. He observes and reads how artists and writers approach the relationship between God and Terror. Statements like the one of composer Karl Heinz Stockhausen: “9/11 was the greatest work of art ever” or the one by South African writer Adam Small: “Only literature can perform the miracle of reconciliation” are an occasion to reflect again on the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, theology and the arts. Like in a medieval diptych, the theme is mirroring god talk in memory of 9/11 and in the context of political conflicts in Germany, South Korea and South Africa.