Even if most conspiracy theories to emerge in the wake of the 9/11 attacks have been put to rest, a new manifestation of what Richard Hofstadter once described as the “paranoid style” continues to shape the political imagination of today. At the center of this paranoia is the idea of a globally-connected and globally-operating enemy. Which fears and ensnarements of our globalized society does the new paranoid style give voice to?
Eva Horn has been Professor of Modern German Literature at the Universität Basel since 2005. Before that, she was an assistant professor in the department of cultural studies at the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder. Her research interests include, among others, the anthropology of war and the history of the subversive. From 2001 to 2006 she was a junior member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. She is the author of Trauer schreiben. Die Toten im Text der Goethezeit (1998). She co-edited the volumes Grenzverletzer. Von Schmugglern, Spionen und anderen subversiven Gestalten (2002), Anthropologie der Arbeit (2002) and Literatur als Philosophie – Philosophie als Literatur (2006). Her newest work, Der geheime Krieg. Verrat, Spionage und moderne Fiktion, will be published later this year.