Dr. des. Johannes Bennke

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Post-Doc Fellow of the Minerva Foundation

Johannes Bennke is a Post-Doc Fellow of the Minerva Foundation of the Max Planck Society at The Smart Family Institute for Communications at the Dept. of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His post-doc project is entitled: Obfuscation and Verification. Digital Commemoration of the Holocaust. In this project he works on a media philosophical approach to digital technologies, the cultural technique of verification, its relevance for digital commemoration and on contemporary aesthetic practices related to it. In 2021 he submitted his dissertation at Bauhaus-University Weimar. In 2020 he received the Ursula Lachnit-Fixson PhD scholarship and had a PhD scholarship from 2015 to 2019 at the Center of Excellence Media Anthropology at Bauhaus-University Weimar. His dissertation Obliterations. For a Particular Media Philosophy deals with the aesthetic, image and media philosophical thinking in the work of Emmanuel Levinas. Here, obliteration is developed as a key media philosophical concept for an epistemology of forgetting. With its forms of deletion and destruction it becomes a fundamental condition of creativity.

 

Research Interests

  • Media Philosophy
  • Image Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Logic of the Digital
  • Genealogy of Verification
  • Digital Commemoration
  • Art Philosophy
  • Aesthetics

 

Selected Publications

Monographies

  • Johannes Bennke: Building Images. Reconstruction of the Neues Museum Berlin. Zurich: intercom Verlag 2021.

Edited Volumes

  • Johannes Bennke, Dieter Mersch (Eds.): Levinas und die Künste. Bielefeld: transcript 2022 [forthcoming].
  • Johannes Bennke, Virgil Brower (Eds.): Internationales Jahrbuch für Medienphilosophie, Band 7, Mediality/Theology/Religion. Berlin: de Gruyter 2021 [forthcoming].
  • Johannes Bennke, Johanna Seifert, Martin Siegler, Christina Terberl (Eds.): Das Mitsein der Medien. Prekäre Koexistenzen von Menschen, Maschinen und Algorithmen. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2018.

Articles

  • "The Eschatology of Images in Experimental Ethnographic Films". In: Communio Viatorum (2022).
  • "Vorbemerkungen zu einer Logik des Digitalen. Obfuskation in Codes, Kunst und Datenvisualisierung". In: Oliver Ruf, Lars C. Grabbe (Eds.): Technik-Ästhetik. Zur materialen und rezeptiven Systematisierung techno-ästhetischer Realität. Bielefeld: transcript 2022 [forthcoming].
  • "Image Prohibition and Theory of Art after Levinas". In: Beniamino Fortis (Ed.): Bild und Idol. Perspektiven aus Philosophie und jüdischem Denken. Berlin: Peter Lang 2022 [forthcoming].
  • Johannes Bennke, Virgil Brower: "Mediality/Theology/Religion. Aspects of a Singular Encounter". In: Thems. (Eds.): Internationales Jahrbuch für Medienphilosophie, Band 7, Medialität/Theologie/Religion. Berlin: de Gruyter 2021, pp. 13–28 [forthcoming].
  • "Genesis and Medium of Media Philosophy". In: Ação Midiática Vol. 7 (2019), https://revistas.ufpr.br/acaomidiatica/article/view/67751/39339.
  • "Vorwort". In: Emmanuel Levinas: Die Obliteration. Gespräch mit Françoise Armengaud über das Werk von Sacha Sosno. Zürich/Berlin, diaphanes 2019, pp. 7–28.
  • "Preface". In: Emmanuel Levinas: On Obliteration. An Interview with Françoise Armengaud concerning the Work of Sacha Sosno. Transl. by Brian Alkire, University of Chicago Press 2019, pp. 7–26.
  • "Testimonial Image Practices as a Politics of Aesthetics after Levinas". In: Religions Vol. 9, Nr. 12 (2019),  https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/levinas.
  • "Ikonisches Nachleben. Zur Einzelausstellung "Found Fragments" von James Benning in der Galerie Neugerriemschneider, 6.2.-3.3.2018“. In: texte zur kunst, June 2018, Nr. 110, pp. 212–215.
  • "Die Erschütterung des Humanen". In: Cargo No. 30 (2016), pp. 54-62.
  • "Zur Ethik des Bildes bei Emmanuel Lévinas". In: figurationen. gender literatur kunst: Visuelles Denken/Visual Thinking, ed. by Dieter Mersch, No. 1 (2016), pp. 93-114.

 

Awards and Prizes

  • 2021–2023 - Post-Doc Fellow of the Minerva Foundation of the Max-Planck-Society at The Smart Family Institute of Communications at the Dept. of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Host supervisor: Prof. Dr. Amit Pinchevski.
  • 2021 -  PhD Fellow, doctoral study program "Philosophy of Religion" in the Theology and Contemporary Culture Research Group at the Protestant Theological Faculty, supervisor: Dr. František Štěch.
  • 2020 - Ursula Lachnit-Fixson Scholarship of the Selma-Stern-Center for Jewish Studies Berlin/Brandenburg, Humboldt University Berlin, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Micha Brumlik.
  • 2019 - Bauhaus-Finalizing-Grant.
  • 2016 - ERASMUS + Scholarship, Teaching abroad, Charles University Prague.
  • 2015–2019 - PhD Scholarship, Center of Excellence Media Anthropology, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Lorenz Engell, Prof. Dr. Dieter Mersch (ZHdK, Zurich).
  • 2014 - Best Master Thesis at the Design Department of the University of Applied Science Potsdam.
  • 2009–2010 - ERASMUS Scholarship, Cinéma et audiovisuel, Littérature comparée, Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3.
  • 2009–2014 - Student Scholarship, Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst e.V.