Workshop: The Mimetic Condition

The Mimetic Condition: A Transdisciplinary Approach 

Room S, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven (Belgium) 

December 5-6, 2019
Keynote: Prof. Gunter Gebauer (Free University of Berlin)

Since the publication of Gunter Gebauer and Christoph Wulf’s seminal book, Mimesis: Culture- Art-Society in 1992, the realization that mimesis is constitutive of the human condition has become central to the humanities, the arts, the social sciences, stretching to inform the hard sciences as well. Furthering Gebauer and Wulf’s call to examining the productive aspect of mimesis as a “human condition,” the ERC-funded Homo Mimeticus: Theory and Criticism (HOM) project convokes a two-day transdisciplinary workshop at the Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, to explore the afterlives of the mimetic condition in the twenty-first century. Careful not to impose a unitary perspective to a protean concept, we will be attending to the heterogeneous connections that have been forged since the publication of Mimesis, those that remained unexplored by the authors, and those still to be discovered. Disciplines represented include, continental philosophy, performance studies, sociology, literary theory, film studies, science of communication, phenomenology, media studies, theater studies, musicology, among other perspectives. 

The two-day workshop is organized by HOM Team members Niki Hadikoesoemo, Daniel Villegas Vélez, Wojciech Kaftanski, and Nidesh Lawtoo in collaboration with the Husserl Archives. It will consist of 15, 20-minute papers, a keynote talk by Prof. Gunter Gebauer (Free University of Berlin) and a screening of a video-interview with prof. Christoph Wulf, co-authors of Mimesis: Culture, Art, Society (U. of California Press, 1992). 

With support from the European Research Council, Institute of Philosophy KU Leuven, and the KU Leuven Doctoral School for the Humanities & Social Sciences OJO Initiative.

Contact: prof. Nidesh Lawtoo, nidesh.lawtoo [ at ]


Emanuele Antonelli (University of Turin)
Zeigam Azizov (Alpen-Adria Universität, Klagenfurt)
Christian Borch (Copenhagen Business School)
Roland Breeur (KU Leuven)
James Corby (University of Malta)
Annabelle Dufourcq (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Gunter Gebauer (Free University of Berlin)
Carrie Giunta (University of the Arts, London)
Niki Hadikoesoemo (KU Leuven)
Wojciech Kaftanski (KU Leuven)
Esa Kirkkopelto (University of the Arts, Helsinki)
Nidesh Lawtoo (KU Leuven)
Teresa Neto Projeto, (University of Lisbon)
Hannes Opelz (Trinity College, Dublin)
Irene Scicluna (Cardiff University)
Sara Soares Belo (University of Lisbon)
Daniel Villegas Vélez (KU Leuven)

Download Mimetic Condition Programme (PDF)