Nikolaus Müller-Schöll, Gerald Siegmund

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 09.12.2016

Ort: TQW / Studios

Im Rahmen von: Theory / Lecture series (Concept & curating: Krassimira Kruschkova)


Nikolaus Müller-Schöll

Critical Distance


Based on the current criticism of criticism, forms of a post-fundamentalist criticism are traced whose basis can be described as “critical distance” or – in a still to be ilustrated sense – as theatre: either way as an irrevocably ambiguous condition and suspension of one’s own position. This is explained using the example of Derrida’s lecture on the death penalty.


N. Müller-Schöll is professor of theatre studies and head of the dramaturgy MA course at the Goethe University, Frankfurt.



Gerald Siegmund

Affirmation or Criticism: On the Criticism of Art


 If criticism is based on distance from the subject of criticism then currently it has a poor hand. The voices declaring that the age of criticism is dead and demanding an affirmation of the problems instead are becoming ever louder. Affirmation means acknowledging one’s own entanglement in the social problems so that one can no longer observe and criticise oneself from a secure position. But can this new approach be transferred to art? How is art critical and how does it situate itself in the field of tension between affirmation and criticism?


 G. Siegmund is professor of applied theatre studies at the Justus Liebig University, Gießen.






Nikolaus Müller-Schöll has been professor of theatre studies at the Institute for Theatre Film and Media Studies (TFM) at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, since 2011 and head of the dramaturgy MA course. During and after his degree (art history, philosophy and politics) he worked as a freelance dramaturge, science journalist, translator and critic. 1996: doctorate, 1996-2000 DAAD lecturer at the École Normale Supérieure, Rue d’Ulm, Paris; 2002-2003: scholarship holder, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris / Université de Paris X, Nanterre; 2004-2009 scientific assistant, Ruhr University, Bochum, Institute for Theatre Studies; 2007: post-doctoral thesis; 2007/2008: deputy professorship at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Justus-Liebig, Univ. Gießen. 2009: professor for theatre research at the Institut für Germanistik II, Hamburg University, head of the Hamburg Theatre Collection and co-director of the performance studies MA course. 


Publications: as author: Das Theater des “konstruktiven Defaitismus”:. Lektüren zur Theorie eines Theaters der A-Identität bei Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht und Heiner Müller, Frankfurt/M. and Basel 2002; as editor: Performing Politics (with A. Schallenberg and M. Zimmermann 2012); Unterm Blick des Fremden. Theaterarbeit nach Laurent Chétouane. (with L. Otto 2015); Archéologie du théâtre contemporain (with J.-L. Besson, U. Haß, J. Jourdheuil und M. Silhouette), Paris 2012; Heiner Müller sprechen (with H. Goebbels). Berlin, Theater der Zeit Recherche 2009; Was ist eine Universität? (with U. Haß. Bielefeld), Transcript 2009; Schauplatz Ruhr: Jahrbuch zum Theater im Ruhrgebiet (with U. Haß). Theater der Zeit, 2007; Politik der Vorstellung (with J. Gerstmeier), Berlin, Theater der Zeit, Recherchen vol. 36 2006; Aisthesis: Zur Erfahrung von Zeit, Raum, Text und Kunst (with S. Reither), Schliengen, Edition Argus 2005; Ereignis: Eine fundamentale Kategorie der Zeiterfahrung: Anspruch und Aporien, Bielefeld, Transcript 2003; Kleist lesen (with M. Schuller), Bielefeld, Transcript 2003; Heiner Müller – Généalogie d’une oeuvre á venir (with J. Jourdheuil), Académie expérimentale des théâtres / Théâtre/Public 160 -161, Juillet-octobre 2001.




Gerald Siegmund has been professor of applied theatre studies at the Justus Liebig University, Gießen, since 2011. 2009 – 2011 professor of dance studies, with the focus on choreography and performance, at the Justus Liebig University, Gießen. 2005 –2008 assistant professor for contemporary theatre at the University of Bern, Switzerland. 2005 post-doctoral thesis at the department of language, literature and culture, Justus Liebig University, Gießen; 1998 –2005 scientific assistant at the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies, Justus Liebig University, Gießen. 1996 –1998 postdoctoral research at the “Pragmatisierung/Entpragmatisierung” graduate college of the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, with a project on Mannerism in English Restoration Theatre and Early Bourgeois Drama. 1994 doctorate at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. Focus of work: contemporary theatre and contemporary dance, aesthetics, theatre theories, theatre of the 20th century, performance art, intermediality and multiple border areas between the theatre and other arts.




Publications: as author: Theater als Gedächtnis: Semiotische und psychoanalytische Untersuchungen zur Funktion des Dramas, Verlag Narr, Tübingen 1996, Abwesenheit: Eine performative Ästhetik des Tanzes; William Forsythe, Jérôme Bel, Xavier Le Roy, Meg Stuart, Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2006; as editor: William Forsythe: Denken in Bewegung (with D. Mentzos), Henschel Verlag, Leipzig 2004; Theater des Fragments: Performative Strategien im Theater zwischen Antike und Postmoderne (with A. Bierl, Chr. Meneghetti and C. Schuster), Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2009; Tanztheater, special edition of the journal Forum Modernes Theater 1/08, vol. 23, May 2008.




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