Book launch: „In the Realm of Corona Normativities II - The Permanence of the Exception"

Book launch: „In the Realm of Corona Normativities II - The Permanence of the Exception"

Even this book cannot deny a certain “fatigue” with the subject of the pandemic in which we live: No one dares to predict when we will wake up from the current state, one in which our whole lives revolve around the virus. Homo politicus seems to be moved by nothing other than rehearsing to keep on the lookout; homo juridicus poses as a crisis manager; homo economicus tries to adapt its models of rational utility maximization to the new challenges; homo aestheticus suffers deeply from the lack of imaginary surpluses that catapult us beyond ourselves, as we remain caught in the profanity of illustrative aesthetics; homo religiosus asks anew the question of meaning for the faithful; and homo protestus invokes the figure of “civil disobedience” and an understanding of freedom that no longer knows how to distinguish between the right to harm oneself and the clear prohibition of harming others! As for homo sociologicus, homo historicus, and homo philosophicus: What standpoints on the “corona world” do they have to offer? How do they reflect the validity of contradictory, permanently changing normative orders in times of the Covid-19 pandemic? Against this background, intellectuals, fellow citizens, friends, and colleagues of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture” from all over the world have come together in this volume to mobilize their acumen and empathy to paint us a picture of the “permanence of the exception”.

About the Editors:

Werner Gephart is a legal scholar, sociologist, artist, and Founding Director of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”.

Jure Leko is a researcher at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”.

Please note: The Zoom-event will be recorded for public relations purposes.

Zoom Access:
Meeting-ID: 965 8275 9367
Kenncode: 409035

The program is structured as follows:

Introduction: Corona and War
Why it makes sense to talk about Corona, even if the war against Ukraine is hogging our attention!
Notes by Gerd Krumeich                 
The Corona Project at the Käte Hamburger Center “Law as Culture”
Werner Gephart and Jure Leko
1. The Shaking of System Worlds and the Intrusion of the Pandemic into the Lifeworld
Daniel Witte: Theoretical Anomalies
Reactions from Marta Bucholc, Gerd Krumeich et al.
2. Shifts in the Observers’ Perspectives
Mariacarla Gadebusch Bondio, Birgit Ulrike Münch: Observer Paradoxes
Reactions from Beatriz Barreiro Carril, Pierre Brunet et al.
3. Still in the Realm of the Normative
Kornelia Hahn: Coding Contradictions
Reactions from Sam Whimster, Jonas Grutzpalk et al.
4. Cultural Meaning of the Pandemic Crisis
Maurizio Ferraris: Corona and the Human Condition
Reactions from Annemarie Bonnet et al.
5. The Corona Study: Seen from the Outside
Katharina Boele-Woelki: A Look at the Corona Study from a Comparative Law Perspective