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Adorno and Aesthetic Theory (1 of 7) Martin Hielscher speaking about the aesthetic theory of Theodor W. Adorno, the need for an aesthetic theory, relevance, the truth content of the artwork, and the history and philosophy of art. Martin Hielscher lecturing about Adorno and a philosophy of experience, the possibility of experience, relief and liberation, the cultural industry, critical theory, universal mediation, products, formats, lifestyles, turns, phrases, activities, global cultural control and standardized entertainment products. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2009 Martin Hielscher

Martin Hielscher holds the Theodor W. Adorno Chair at the European Graduate School and is currently the dean of the Media and Communications Division there. Hielscher is a translator of literature based in Munich, as well as a widely known critic, editor and author. He has lectured internationally on contemporary German literature and philosophy, as well as on creative writing. Hielscher has been visiting professor to several universities, including Washington University in St. Louis, Leipzig University and is currently honorary professor at the University of Bramberg.

In the last fifteen years, Hielscher has translated, among others, the works of William Gaddis, Lorrie Moore, Peter Carey, Richard Ford and Nurrudin Farah. As an editor he has worked Luchterhand Publishers and Kieppenhauer & Witsch Publishers, as well as C.H. Beck, where he has been program director of literature since 2001. Hielschers work has been at times edgy and he has consistently taken the risks necessary to fundamentally change the face of German literature, working with writers both well known as well as the undiscovered. He is the author as well of Beckmann lernt schießen: Erzählung (1988), the biographies on Wolfgang Koeppen (1988) and Uwe Timm (2007), and among others the anthology of new German writers Wenn der Kater kommt. Neues Erzählen 38 deutschsprachige Autorinnen und Autoren (1996).