Language, Medium, and Image - in Walter Benjamin and Ludwig Wittgenstein

A Conference at the University Bordeaux Montaigne, 6-7 June 2019


This conference will be devoted to the exploration of the affinities and differences between the thoughts of Walter Benjamin and Ludwig Wittgenstein on a variety of topics and issues whose recurrence in both works is striking, with special emphasis on the interrelations between language, medium and image, and against the background of Stanley Cavell’s seminal essay « Benjamin and Wittgenstein: Signals and Affinities». A proper assessment of the philosophical import of the connections traced by Benjamin and Wittgenstein between these three notions seems to require, in particular, a reassessment of the relations between the two inflections—literary and philosophical—of the notion of criticism. In this regard, the twofold downplay of the philosophical dimension of Benjamin’s work and of the literary dimension of Wittgenstein’s work might need to be challenged.




6-7 June 2019


University Bordeaux Montaigne

Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine (MSHA)
Campus Universitaire
10 Esplanade des Antilles 33607 PESSAC



James Conant (Universität Leipzig & University of Chicago)


Eli Friedlander (Tel Aviv University)


Arata Hamawaki (Auburn University)


Claude Imbert (Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris)


Sylvia Kratochvil (University Bordeaux Montaigne)


Elise Marrou (University Paris-Sorbonne)


Jean-Philippe Narboux (University Bordeaux Montaigne)


Jonathan Soen (Tel Aviv University)




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