Category Archives: Resistance

The 1848 Prague Uprising (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/6)

Standing on the arch Čech Bridge on the Moldau in Prague, I can see Wenceslas Square, where one of the most important revolutions between March 1948-November 1849 against the Hapsburg Empire took place. Starting on June 2, 1848, the Czechs … Continue reading

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The 1848 “Hecker Uprising” in Konstanz (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/5)

In my visit to the Rosgarten Museum in Konstanz I was inspired to meet lawyer, politician, and agitator Friedrich Hecker (1811-81), one of the most passionate, adventurous, colorful, and paradigmatic revolutionary figures of his century. Hecker was a protagonist in … Continue reading

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The 1567 “Dutch Revolt” in Brussels (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/4)

Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum is holding the first-ever comprehensive monograph exhibition on Pieter Bruegel the Elder, bringing together nearly two-thirds of his works to celebrate 450 years since his death. The eye-opening focus of the astonishing exhibition is on the method … Continue reading

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The 1415 “Western Schism” in Konstanz (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/3)

In the German border town of Konstanz I listen for “The voice … of the noblest of rivers,/Of free-born Rhine.” The Alpine Rhine begins in the Swiss Alps, flows into Lake Constance, which lies between Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, passes … Continue reading

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The 1819 Dresden Conspiracy (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/2)

I went for the first time to Germany last month with a specific purpose: To walk in the footsteps of revolutionary friends in Dresden, such as the comrades in this painting. “Two Men Contemplating the Moon” by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840), … Continue reading

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Networks of civic friendship

It is remarkable to see affective bonds and civic practices of friendship invoked in several discussions of resistance to globalization, colonialism, and normativity. Reflecting on possible lessons from recent democratic failures in Greece, Britain, and the U.S., classicist Johanna Hanink notes:  … Continue reading

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“Modernist Theory & Theater between the Tragic & the Melancholic”

Here is a video of two lectures at the University of Michigan in dialogue on modern tragedy:  the brilliant Ian Balfour (English, York) focuses on Shakespeare’s Hamlet while I focus on the tragedy that has been called Luigi Pirandello’s Hamlet, … Continue reading

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