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Sabine Hake
Cultural Studies
University of Texas at Austin

Beauty of Labor, Aesthetics of Politics Revisited
When May 31, 2021
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Zoom-Meeting
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Attendees Universitätsoffen / Open to university members
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Beauty of Labor, Aesthetics of Politics Revisited


Walter Benjamin’s diagnosis of fascism as the aestheticization of politics continues to inform studies on the fascist aesthetic and the role of art in authoritarian societies. However, actual examples of aestheticization reveal a much more complicated picture. Instead of politics, it is the problem of labor and industry that inspired the most ambitious and consequential initiatives during the Third Reich. This lecture will look at the Office “Beauty of Labor” within the German Labor Front to show how modernist principles, socialist ideas, corporate interests, and communal traditions were all placed into the service of Nazi biopolitics.