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Sebastian Kirsch: “Where the Sun Does Not Reach, There the  Doctor Will Appear”
“Where the Sun Does Not Reach, There the Doctor Will Appear”
(p. 119 – 140)

Sebastian Kirsch

“Where the Sun Does Not Reach, There the Doctor Will Appear”
Environmentalization in Gerhart Hauptmann’s "Before Daybreak"

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  • ecology
  • capitalism
  • digital media
  • cultural critic
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Sebastian Kirsch

is a German theater scholar currently affiliated as a Feodor Lynen research fellow to the Department of German Studies at New York University (until Oct 2020). Having worked particularly on the history of the baroque theater and of the ancient chorus, he holds his PhD and his habilitation from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He also held research positions and host professorships at the universities of Vienna and Düsseldorf. His current research focuses on the history of the chorus and on questions of governmentality and taking care. He is the author of Das Reale der Perspektive: Der Barok, die Lacan’sche Psychoanalyse und das “untote” in der Kultur (Berlin: Theater der Zeit, 2013) and Chor-Denken. Sorge, Wahrheit, Technik (Paderborn: Fink, 2020) Besides his academic activities he worked as an editor and regular author for the German theater magazine Theater der Zeit (2007–2013) and has been cooperating as a dramaturge with directors and performers Johannes Schmit and Hans-Peter Litscher.
Other texts by Sebastian Kirsch for DIAPHANES
Mathias Denecke (ed.), Holger Kuhn (ed.), ...: Liquidity, Flows, Circulation

It has become a truism that capital circulates, that data, populations and materials flow, that money offers liquidity. Placed at the intersection of art, media and cultural studies as well as economic theory, the volume investigates the Cultural Logic of Environmentalization. As flows, circulations and liquidity resurface in all aspects of recent culture and contemporary art, this volume investigates the hypothesis of a genuine cultural logic of environmentalization through these three concepts.
It thus brings together two areas of research which have been largely separate. On the one hand, the volume takes up discussions about ecologies with and without nature and environmentalization as a contemporary form of power and capital. On the other hand, the volume takes its cue from Fredric Jameson’s notion that each stage of capitalism is accompanied by a genuine cultural logic. The volume introduces this current of materialist thinking into the ongoing discussions of ecologies and environmentalization. By analyzing contemporary art, architecture, theater, films, and literature, the 15 contributions by scholars and artists explore different fields where liquid forms, semantics of flow, or processes of circulation emerge as a contemporary cultural logic.