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01: Beyond Maps

Seminar / Seminar
in englischer Sprache

Maps have many dimensions – physical, spiritual and psychological. Our maps are our birthrights: some of us remain limited to our time and place, while others move beyond such limits. Some nations overflow their borders while others seek to enforce their walls. This literature seminar, taught jointly by a cultural historian and a novelist, will pose the question of how to chart our future if we accept that the comprehensive mapmaking project of the European Enlightenment has failed.

Novelist; Director of The Shoe Project; Vice-President Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Toronto Chair
Provost Professor, Department of English, Indiana University, Bloomington Chair

Katherine GOVIER

Novelist; Director of The Shoe Project; Vice-President Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Toronto

1972 M.A. English, York University, Toronto, Canada
1994-1995 Writer-in-Residence, Toronto Public Library System
1997-1998 President, PEN Canada
since 1998 Writer-in -Residence, Toronto Reference Library
since 2002 Lecturer, Journalism After Degree Program (JRAD), Ryerson Politechnical University, Toronto
since 2011 Director, The Shoe Project, workshop for immigrant women writers, in partnership with the Bata Shoe Museum and the Mary Tidlund Foundation

Christoph IRMSCHER

Provost Professor, Department of English, Indiana University, Bloomington

1996-2000 Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, English and American Literature, Harvard University
2000-2006 Professor, English, University of Maryland (Baltimore County)
2006-2013 Professor English, Indiana University Bloomington
seit 2013 Provost Professor, English, Indiana University Bloomington; George F. Getz Jr. Professor in the Wells Scholars Program

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2016Plenary
15:30 - 16:00Opening SpeechesPlenary
16:00 - 16:30A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a TeaserCulture
17:00 - 18:30Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
18:30 - 20:00Bread and WineSocial


Seminar 01: Beyond MapsSeminar
Seminar 02: Common Challenges to the European and African Union – Climate, Demography, MigrationSeminar
Seminar 03: Religion and PowerSeminar
Seminar 04: World Water Resources and Human Well-Being at Risk – Trends, Data and GovernanceSeminar
Seminar 05: Scientific Excellence and Social Responsibility – How do they go together?Seminar
Seminar 06: The European Union and Its Eastern NeighboursSeminar
Seminar 07: (Economic-)Policy for Progress – The Return of the “Magic Polygon”Seminar
Seminar 08: Biological or Synthetic Evolution?Seminar
Teach For Austria Summer School: Changemaker Lab – Sapere aude!Seminar
Seminar 09: Rule of Law in China and EuropeSeminar
Seminar 10: Utility of Force in the 21st CenturySeminar
Seminar 11: The European Ethos and the SacredSeminar
Seminar 12: Towards a Sustainable Global Carbon LoopSeminar
Seminar 13: Gender Issues in Complex SocietiesSeminar
Seminar 14: Art as Enlightenment in Post-Enlightenment Times?Seminar
Seminar 15: Smart Factory: Social Effects – Prospects for Employment – Impacts on Work and OrganisationSeminar
Seminar 16: Understanding Big DataSeminar
Theatre Workshop with Students of the Royal Academy for Dramatic Art (RADA), LondonSeminar


07:00 - 13:00Alpbach Open SpaceBreakout