Hannah Arendt Center and ECLA present:
Judgment in Extremis A Conference Inspired by the Fiftieth Anniversary of Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem
Thursday, May 16, 2013 – Friday, May 17, 2013
Institute of Cultural Inquiry Berlin, ECLA of Bard
How one responds to mass murder, genocide, and atrocity has become an all-too-common question of our age. It is to explore the modern predicament of judging great wrongs that the ECLA*/Hannah Arendt Center Conference will bring together artists, businessmen, academics, and public intellectuals to ask questions like:
•Do laws against extreme crimes also normalize them?
•Can we justly respond to truly evil and enormous crimes through law?
•What is judgment, especially in the face of inhuman wrongs?
•Can Justice be done beyond or outside the law?
•What is the place of reconciliation and revenge in responding to extreme wrongs?
Above all, the question presents itself: How can we respond to great wrongs with judgments that help renew sense and give meaning to our world?
* ECLA of Bard was the historical name of Bard College Berlin until December 2013.conference-berlin13