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Columbus Day Lecture 2019: Transatlantic Ecologies in the Shadow of Donald Trump

Transatlantic Ecologies in the Shadow of Donald Trump


Prof. Dr. Hanjo Berressem
Universität zu Köln

How to make sense of Donald Trump’s America? And what has happened, in the time since his inauguration, to the transatlantic ecologies that used to define therelationshipbetween America and Europe? Taking his cue from Emerson’s statement that “an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man,” and arguing from within the logic of an embodied politics, Prof. Berressem first employs the notion of the Lumpenbour geoisie to contour the cultural appeal of Donald Trump. Turning to Félix Guattari’s notion of an anti-capitalist capitalism, which it stakes against Trump’s logic of real-estate, he then looks for a more viable and graceful image of an America that can stepout of Trump’s shadow and thus, at least to a degree, out of its nationalist, gated self.

Photo by Alena Vrabcová

Hanjo Berressem is Professor of American Studies at the University of Cologne. He has published widely on Thomas Pynchon and French post-structuralism, especially Lacan and Deleuze & Guattari. His latest book, Eigen value: On the Gradual Contraction of Media in Movement, cameout withBloomsburyin 2018.

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