Lecture in the framework of  the event series ›Fictions of Politics‹

Mo, November 5th, 2012

8.30 pm

Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg

20.30 Lecture (English)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Morsch (FU Berlin): The Liberal Imagination – Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing (1999-2007)


Screening of an episode of The West Wing (USA | 1999-2007), 40 min.

Original version with English subtitles

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About the TV series:

»The West Wing« is an American TV series that portrays the fictitious and ideal United States Presidency of Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen). The episodes follow the Bartlet administration through their policymaking processes: from negotiating with Congress members to campaigning for re-election.

About the lecture:

»The West Wing« can be understood as a unique attempt at a ‘popular’ model of political aesthetics, confronting the political reality of Washington with an idealized version of itself. The lecture will focus on the numerous overlaps between reality and fiction that characterize the series and the discourses surrounding it, and will also discuss the phantasies fueling Sorkin’s liberal re-writing of political history.

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