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Philosophy and Poetry

Collegium Phaenomenologicum

Città di Castello, 6 - 26 July 2024

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From its inception, philosophy has understood itself in relation to and in separation from poetry. Living on two separate mountains, as Hölderlin suggests, thinking and poeticizing nevertheless share a particular provenance in language and perhaps even a concern for truth. As Heidegger insists, poetry and philosophy offer their own proper unique word, compelling the reader “to perceive this word again and again as if we were hearing it for the first time.” This Collegium is concerned with exploring this particular relation between the poetic and the philosophical word and the interplay of philosophy and poetry as well as of truth and language that follows from it.


Registration deadline

February 16, 2024



Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan van der Heiden (Director, Radboud University Nijmegen)

Dr. Ype de Boer (Assistant Director, Radboud University Nijmegen)

Lucas Gronouwe, MA (Graduate Assistant, Radboud University Nijmegen)


Main Program

The core of the program consists in a series of lectures courses, individual lectures, and intensive text-based seminars. A participants’ conference will be held in conjunction with the Collegium on July 6-7. Participants are expected to partake for the full three weeks. 

July 6&7: Participants Conference 

Lecture Course Week 1

Poetry and Philosophy in the Polis: Plato, Sophocles, Aristophanes

Dennis J. Schmidt (Western Sydney University)


Individual lectures by
Claudia Baracchi (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca), Sara Brill (Fairfield University), Shane M. Ewegen (Trinity College)


Lecture Course Week 2

Imageless Saying and the Poetic Word in Heidegger

Daniela Vallega-Neu (University of Oregon)


Individual lectures by

Julia Ireland (Whitman College), James Risser (Seattle University), Krzysztof Ziarek (University at Buffalo)


Lecture Course Week 3

Derrida, Celan and the Poetics of Singularity

Hans Ruin (University of Stockholm)


Individual lectures by

Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto), David Krell (DePaul University), Omar Rivera (Texas A&M)



Participants will be comfortably housed at Hotel Le Mura in the historic center of Città di Castello. The cost for room and board (half pension = breakfast & dinner) for participants will be €48 (double occupancy) and €60 (single room) per day. The program fee for the three-week session will be €275.


For more information about the collegium, the program, and to apply, go to:

For further information related to the contents of this session, please contact Gert-Jan van der Heiden through