Extract of other Events


December 7, 2023: ZIS-Fellow Prof. Dr. Chris Lukinbeal: The Racial Sonoran Landscapes of Hombre and Westerns as Topographical Events

Born to a Mexican mother and white father and raised by the Chiricahuas, Hombre (1967, Paul Newman) is a revisionist Western that critiques the genre’s hero. It sought to show Native Americans in a positive light, however, it reflects cultural appropriation and imperialist nostalgia where Hombre takes on the good qualities of Indianness while the dominant white male Hollywood gaze gets to play Indian. I argue for a cinematic topography, one that shifts the focus toward a haptical cinema, touching, and in touch with the landscape. To do so I first examine the role of Old Tucson Studios in creating the Western colonial imagination.  I then shift to the Ptolemaic distinction of geography and topography, the cartographic paradox and, how topography is related to landscape and cinema. Following this, I use Eisenstein’s image event and Bazin’s image fact explain how the film’s cinematic topography unfolds differently than its cinematic cartography. With these foundations in place, I proceed to a case study of the topography of Hombre in the novel and film paying attention to the appropriation of race and how the hero embodies a Sonoran Desert topographer.

Lecture on Thursday, 16 c.t., Senats-Saal Nat.-Fak.


In his public lecture at Johannes Gutenberg University on June 20, Yékú will explore the intersection of African literature, cancel culture, and the algorithmic age. He investigates the role of algorithms in shaping digital platforms and fostering outrage within literary conversations. By analyzing literary controversies on social media and digital platforms, Yékú highlights the challenges and complexities of African literary discourse in the era of digital culture and extractive data relations.

June 20, 2023 / 6pm (c.t.) / HS13 (Forum 7)

June 14, 2023: Prof. Dr. Michele Kennerly: Living Well in a Cybercultural Eutopia

This talk, part of a manuscript-in-progress about invocations of ancient Athens in discourse about automation, highlights the cybercultural eutopia of Alice Mary Hilton, who, among other accomplishments, founded the Institute for Cybercultural Research in New York City in 1964. Hilton believed cybernation could truly democratize the model of ancient Athens, delivering us all from labor so that we might work on the human projects of politics and poetry. Techno-utopian thinking remains with us today, and engaging the history of the kind that centers on ancient Athens requires us to theorize utopia differently.

June 14, 2023 / 4pm(c.t.) / RW2 (ReWi)


Indian director Kranti Kanadé's real-life eco-drama puts a question who to turn to when the police are cutting down sacred trees. The film follows a family in Pune as they try to save trees in their neighborhood from being illegally felled by a police academy. They meet a tree activist with whom they form an alliance and try out different forms of protest.

With an introduction by Maja Figge and subsequent discussion.

December 7, 2022/  8:00 pm / CinéMayence, Schillerstrasse 11, 55116 Mainz

November 17, 2022:  Workshop / International Cooperation - University of Mauritius: Island and Islandness: The Case of Mauritius

Guest Speakers: Roukaya Kasenally (Democracy Scholar, Associate Professor, University of Mauritius), Ramola Ramtohul (Sociology and Gender Studies, Associate Professor, University of Mauritius) and Kumari Issur (French Studies, Associate Professor, University of Mauritius). 

November 17, 2022 / 4:15 pm / NatFak, Senatssaal

September 21, 2022: Prof. Dr. Martin Kretschmer: Copyright and Non-use

Prof. Dr. Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow)

Copyright and Non-use

September 21, 2022 / 4:30pm

December 9, 2021: Prof. Dr. Josef van Genabith: KI und Mehrsprachigkeit

Prof. Dr. Josef van Genabith

KI und Mehrsprachigkeit

December 9, 2021 / 6pm

Dr. Baruch Shomron

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Media Capabilities and the Promotion of Human Rights for Minority Groups

November 30, 2021 / 6pm


November 25, 2021: Djamila Riberiro: Places of speech and structural discrimination

Djamila Ribeiro

Places of speech and structural discrimination

November 25, 2021 / 6pm / Zoom



Prof. Dr. Susan Berk-Seligson

Interpreting for the police: the need for professional interpreters in custodial interrogations

November 18, 2021 / 6pm / Zoom

October 28, 2021: Prof. Dr. Shulamit Bruckstein: Wie bauen wir ein Haus aus Nichts. Die Orangerei als Kleine Mnemosyne.
Photo: Copyright Linda Rosa Saal


Prof. Dr. Almut Shulamit Bruckstein / House of Taswir

Wie bauen wir ein Haus aus Nichts. Die Orangerei als Kleine Mnemosyne.

October 28, 2021 / 5pm / Kunsthochschule Mainz