“…where no one has ever been: home”

2nd Fromm Study Day on Saturday, November 30, 2019 in Ludwigshafen  


For some time now, the term “homeland” has once again been the subject of intense thought, writing and discussion – and attempts are once again being made to appropriate it politically. Home is the last word in “The Principle of Hope”, the three-volume magnum opus by Ludwigshafen-born philosopher Ernst Bloch (1885-1977).

Like the social psychologist Erich Fromm (1900-1980), Ernst Bloch also had to leave Germany and go into exile. How close were Fromm and Bloch in their experiences and thinking?
Based on the question of what home meant to these two German-Jewish thinkers, this study day will also offer contributions to the current discussion on the concept of home, which has long been contaminated in Germany. At the same time, we also want to learn to better understand the problems and experiences of today’s migrants and to deal with the renewed attempts by right-wing extremists to claim this term exclusively for themselves.

The event took place on the premises of the Ernst Bloch Center of the City of Ludwigshafen am Rhein, which was also a cooperation partner of the event. 

Start Topic
 10:00 Welcome and introduction Prof. Dr. Immacolata Amodeo, Ernst Bloch Center Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hardeck, Int. Erich-Fromm-Society e.V.  

“Languages – Homelands – Texts. Writing in exile and migration. Comparative perspectives” Prof. Dr. Immacolata Amodeo, Ludwigshafen  

 11:30  Talk time
 12:00  Lunch break

“The unconscious in which no one has ever been. Erich Fromm’s real-utopian interpretation of home” Dr. Rainer Funk, Tübingen  

 14:30  Coffee break
 15:00  “Home. Volk. Fatherland: A declaration of war on the right” Dr. Peter Zudeick, Bonn  
 16:00  Final discussion




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