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Philipp Ruch

Philipp Ruch

studied political philosophy with Prof. Herfried Münkler and Prof. Volker Gerhard from 2003–2009. He was involved in the research group “History of Emotions” at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development.

Under the academic supervision of Prof. John M. Krois, he wrote his Magister thesis on “The Homeric Chest in Antique Philosophy,” a study on antique body concepts from Homer to Lucretius. Currently he is writing his dissertation on “The Feelings of Honor. Sense of Honor and Libel in Antiquity as the Basis for a Political Theory” (supervised by Prof. Herfried Münkler and Prof. Hartmut Böhme).

Ruch is the founding member of the Center for Political Beauty, a think-tank for performance art and human rights. In 2010 he won the support of over 6,000 survivors of the Srebrenica genocide for one of the most extraordinary memorial projects, the Pillar of Shame.

  • Research Project: Image and Decision-Making. Case Studies and Analyses of
    Picture-Active Strategies
  • PUBLICATIONS

    – Die Evolution der Bilder. Zur Bildaktivität von Genoziden, in: Ismail, Nadia/
    Schuhmacher-Chilla, Doris (eds.): Töten. Darstellbarkeit eines Prozesses?,
    Oberhausen 2012 [anthology in the series Kunst und Kulturwissenschaft in der
    Gegenwart, Athena Verlag, vol. 5, in preparation].

    – Beauty in Political Sciences. The Insufficiency of Contemporary Accounts and
    the Premature Death of a Category, in: Cuffe, James/Horvath, Agnes (eds.):
    Reclaiming Beauty: Collected Essays in Political Anthropology – Volume I (Journal of
    International Political Anthropology), Florence 2012.

    – The Implosion of Imagination. Arts and Iconography as the Core of Justice for the
    International Criminal Court (ICC), in: Simic, Olivera/Rush, Peter D. (eds.): The Art of
    Transitional Justice, New York 2012 [in preparation].

    – Die Zukunft eines Verbrechens. Zur Gefühls-, Begriffs- und Imagebildung von
    Genoziden, in: Ismail, Nadia/Schuhmacher-Chilla, Doris (eds.): Töten. Darstellbarkeit
    eines Prozesses?, Oberhausen 2012 [anthology in the series Kunst und
    Kulturwissenschaft in der Gegenwart, Athena Verlag, vol. 5, in preparation].

    CONGRESS ORGANIZATION

    – Imago, Actio, Iustitia. Bilder, Körper und Handlungen des Rechts. Co-organization
    of the international conference at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI), in cooperation
    with the Italian Academy of Columbia University, the Institute for Art and Visual
    History of Humboldt University in Berlin, with Michael Stolleis, David Freedberg,
    Claudia Blümle, Roy Gutman, Horst Bredekamp, Philipp Zitzlsperger, and Dieter
    Grimm, inter alia, from 2–4 December 2011.

    – Figuren – Modelle – Schemata. Antike Grundlagen von Bildakt und Verkörperung.
    Co-organization of the international conference, with Horst Bredekamp, Maria Luisa
    Catoni, Arbogast Schmitt, Jan Bremmer, Gottfried Boehm, Reinhart Meyer-Kalkus,
    Carlo Ginzburg, nd Jürgen Trabant, inter alia, from 9–10 September 2011.

    – Die UNO und der Völkermord von Srebrenica: Hintergründe eines gebrochenen
    Versprechens. Organization of the conference with Prof. Herfried Münkler, Dr. Axel
    Hagedorn, General Manfred Eisele, Marieluise Beck, Huub Jaspers, and Ralf Fücks
    for the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation on 5 July 2010.