The White Rose and the Uses of Culture

A colloquium at the University of Oxford 

7 May 2021, 9.30am-4pm BST | Free online event on Zoom

Organisers: Dr Alex Lloyd and Dr Karolina Wątroba (University of Oxford)

Registration required: either sign up using this form – https://forms.office.com/r/BKCpg1c6S6 – or email whiteroseoxford@gmail.com.

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of Sophie Scholl’s birth on 9 May 1921. As part of its commemoration events this year, the Oxford White Rose Project will hold a one-day colloquium focusing on the White Rose resistance pamphlets on Friday 7 May 2021. The pamphlets were inspired by literature and philosophy, and include quotations from Goethe, Schiller, Novalis, Laozi, Aristotle, Cicero, and St Augustine. The colloquium will explore these references in detail and to bring fresh perspectives to bear on this remarkable set of resistance texts.

Programme:

9.30am-10am: Welcome and ‘The Pamphlets of the White Rose: An Introduction’ (Alex Lloyd, Oxford) 

10-11.15: Papers on Goethe (Ellen Pilsworth, Reading), Schiller & Körner (Kevin Hilliard, Oxford), Novalis (Joanna Raisbeck, Oxford)

11.15-11.30: Break 

11.30-12.45: Papers on Laozi (Lea Cantor, Oxford), Cicero & Aristotle (Constanze Güthenke, Oxford), Ecclesiastes & St Augustine (Daniel Lloyd, Vienna)

12:45-2: Lunch 

2-3: Discussion with all presenters on the role of the references in the pamphlets 

3-3.15: Break 

3.15-3.45: ‘Culture in Times of Crisis’ (Karolina Wątroba) 

3.45-4: Questions and Final Comments