Eichmann in Jerusalem at Sixty (NeMLA, roundtable)
NeMLA will convene in 2023 shortly after the sixtieth anniversary of the fifth and final installment of the serialized version of Hannah Arendt’s famous, some would say infamous report on the 1961-62 trial of Adolf Eichmann for crimes against humanity, which appeared in The New Yorker, as “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” in five installments in February and March of 1963, and as Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil the following May. Writing at the provocative intersection of journalism, literature, and philosophy, Arendt aspired first and foremost to repair the then conventional understanding of the “evil” that Eichmann and his like embodied, embody still, and in so doing intervene more broadly in the complex development to date of responses to the age-old “problem of evil”—the perniciously difficult to satisfy “need to find order within those appearances so unbearable that they threaten reason’s ability to go on,” as Susan Neiman has described it (Evil in Modern Thought, 2002, Princeton: Princeton University Press). If Eichmann is “the twentieth century’s most important philosophical [perspective on] the problem,” as Neiman urges, it is also its most controversial, to this day. The anniversary is an occasion to explore anew the work, the controversy, and the legacy of both in literature and popular culture.
Any and all approaches welcome.
Submission guidelines: Abstracts should be submitted directly to the NeMLA site, at http://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/20124, by October 15, 2022. Questions, concerns, and inquiries generally may be forwarded to: firstname.lastname@example.org.