Walter Benjamin obtained his doctoral degree on June 27 in 1919 at the University of Bern. Precisely 100 years later, this served as an occasion to host the bi-annual conference organized by the International Walter Benjamin Society in Bern, and to look at these beginnings. Six thematically-based panels showed how Benjamin’s thinking is connected to almost all subjects within the humanities, and therefore, requires an inter- and transdisciplinary approach. In addition, a reading group also aimed to promote a lively discussion of two of Benjamin’s texts.
The conference took place from June 26 to 29, 2019 at the University of Bern, Switzerland. It was organized by the International Walter Benjamin Society, the Walter Benjamin Kolleg, and the Robert Walser-Zentrum. Conference languages were German, English, and French.