Georg Simmel in Translation: Interdisciplinary Border Crossings in Culture and Modernity
Though Georg Simmel considered himself a philosopher, his intellectual influence went well beyond the confines of one academic discipline at the turn of the last century. His writings on money, modernity, and the metropolis, as well as the artwork, female culture, and psychologism, left a significant mark on contemporaries like Walter Benjamin, Wilhelm Worringer, and Max Weber. Nevertheless, his name soon disappeared from public memory and scholarly discourse.
In Georg Simmel in Translation, scholars from the Humanities and the Social Sciences cut through time and space to illustrate ways in which Simmel was, and still is, carried from one context to another. From Imperial Berlin to contemporary Singapore, they trace Simmel’s transgression of disciplinary boundaries in culture and modernity. The collected essays also explore the transformed presence of his scholarship in the works of more well-known artists, writers, and intellectuals between the second half of the nineteenth century and today.
David D. Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. His research interests include colonial histories and postcolonialism, fin-de-siècle Vienna, translation studies, and literary theory. He is currently writing his dissertation on the concept of translation in German colonial and postcolonial experiences.
"This is a most exciting collection of explorations into a whole range of fields inspired and guided by the work of Georg Simmel. In every instance, these adventures by an international ensemble of young scholars cut across intellectual boundaries to produce new and challenging connections . With their focus upon issues in gender, urban existence, individuality, modern art and philosophy they not only capture the continued relevance of Simmel’s works for cultural formations but also break new ground in their substantive fields. This is a welcome and stimulating contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship."
David Frisby Professor in Sociology London School of Economics
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