Corona Normativities and the Healing of Societies

Abstract:
The lecture will present a book that was written at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture" (In the Realm of Corona Normativities. A Momentary Snapschot of a Dynamic Discourse, ed. by Werner Gephart) and has emphasised two aspects in particular:

  1. the importance of a "pandemic culture of validity", in which all normativity is related to the pandemic state of emergency. Indeed, the cure for the evil of the pandemic crisis is seen in rule-obeying, as a kind of medical remedy.
  2. reflections and reflexes of the crisis in art and culture complement the cultural studies approach to the analysis of the pandemic.

Further questions remain: How can the differences in the success of fighting the pandemic be explained: in different readiness to obey rules or the respective cultures of sanctions? These and other questions are addressed in the follow-up volume, which confirms that the pandemic is a monstrous laboratory of normativity.


Bio - Prof. Dr. jur. Dr. h.c. Werner Gephart:
Werner Gephart is a legal scholar, sociologist, and artist. He is Founding Director of the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities “Law as Culture”, editor of volume “Recht of the Max Weber-Gesamtausgabe (MWG I/22-3), editor of Brill Research Perspectives in “Art and Law” and editor of the “Schriftenreihe des Käte Hamburger Kollegs “Recht als Kultur” with Klostermann Verlag, président d’honneur of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) as well as Honorary artist in Residence at King’s College (2016/17). His cultural sociology of law is based on studies and publications in the spheres of religion, art, culture and the world of media.

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This is the second event of the CECS seminar series: Global, European, constitutional and legal cultural perspectives on pandemics / Covid19 - SPRING 2021. See the list of all the seminars here.