Walter Benjamin Research Syndicate

[Illustration fr. photograph by Walter Benjamin’s friend, GISÈLE FREUND. Courtesy Agence Nina Beskow, Paris.]

 “The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘state of emergency’ in which we live is not the exception but the rule. We must attain to a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight. Then we shall clearly realize that it is our task to bring about a real state of emergency, and this will improve our position in the struggle against Fascism. One reason why Fascism has a chance is that in the name of progress its opponents treat it as a historical norm. The current amazement that the things we are experiencing are ‘still’ possible in the twentieth century is not philosophical. This amazement is not the beginning of knowledge–unless it is the knowledge that the view of history which gives rise to it is untenable.”

Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” (Spring, 1940) trans. Harry Zohn.

Walter Benjamin

July 15, 1892 – September 26, 1940

The Walter Benjamin Research Syndicate is an on-line research resource for individuals interested in the writings and the ongoing critical theory of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940).

This site maintains a collection of resource information on some of Benjamin’s writings, as well as current essays about Benjamin, his work, and the work of some of his close contemporaries. Our focus has been on those writings and projects too-often excluded from academic Benjamin scholarship.

Edited by Scott J. Thompson & Co-edited by Christopher Rollason

[Site updated April 26 – May 15, 2008]

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The Task of Walter Benjamin’s Translators:

Reflections on the Different Language Versions of

“Das Passagen-Werk” (“The Arcades Project”)

by Christopher Rollason

Latest Issue of Transformations on Walter Benjamin

By Álvaro Cuadra

[REVIEW: Philippe SIMAY (ed.), Capitales de la modernité. Walter Benjamin et la villeParis. Éditions de l’Éclat. 2005]


Por Álvaro Cuadra

[RESEÑA: Philippe SIMAY (ed.), Capitales de la modernité. Walter Benjamin et la ville. Paris. Éditions de l’Éclat. 2005]

Gershom Scholem“Tselem: The Representation of the Astral Body”translated by Scott J. Thompson (1987)
Ceci n’est pas une pipe à opiumWie Kommissar Maigret: Walter Benjamins ExperimenteVon Lorenz Jäger

[review of WB, Gesammelte Briefe, III/ IV](auf deutsch)

Ausstellung in Berlin:Walter Benjamin Archive- Bilder, Texte und Zeichenby Elisa Santucci

[November 2006]

Benjamin and the Virtual:The Expression-lessby Elisa Santucci

[May 1, 2007]

 La obra de arteen la época de su hiperreproducibilidad digital

Dr. Álvaro Cuadra R. SANTIAGO ­ CHILE(2007)

Walter Benjamin on Martin Heidegger #1:____________________________________

Walter Benjamin to Gerhard (Gershom) Scholem:


November 11, 1916

Dear Mr. Scholem,

I am very grateful that you supplied me with the information so quickly. A week ago I began a letter to you that ended up being eighteen pages long. …

…An essay (originally held as a lecture when he received the venia legendi in Freiburg*) on “Das Problem der historischen Zeit” [The Problem of Historical Time] has appeared in the last or next to last issue of the Zeitschrift für Philosophie und philosophische Kritik,and documents precisely how this subject should not be treated. An awful piece of work, which you might, however, want to glance at, if only to confirm my suspicion, i.e. that not only what the author says about historical time (and which I am able to judge) is nonsense, but that his statements on mechanical time are, as I suspect, also askew. …”


* Martin Heidegger’s inaugural lecture, July 27, 1915.

[From The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin, 1910-1940, edited & annotated by Gershom Scholem & Theodor W. Adorno, trans. by M.R. & E.M. Jacobson, Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1994, 81-83.]

 “El País De Los Sin Tumba”(Basado en un caso real)

by Ana Valentina Benjamin

    “Tombless Land”(Based on a true story)

by Ana Valentina Benjamin

translated by

Christopher Rollason

 INTRODUCTION TO N 7a, 7 BY WALTER BENJAMINby Elisa Santucci (2005)
INFORME DEL TIEMPOSobre la temporalidad de la cita en Walter Benjaminy la (in)temporalidad de lo inconciente en Sigmund Freud

(Tesis para optar al Grado de Licenciado en Psicología)

Alumno: Diego Fernández H.

Profesor Patrocinante: Adriana Kaulino



 Abstract in English
 The Intertwining of Remembering & Forgettingin Walter BenjaminAmresh Sinha

[New Pages: Aug. 8, 2005]

   Adorno on Mimesis in Aesthetic TheoryAmresh Sinha[New Pages: Aug. 8, 2005]

From Berlin Bohemia to Hitler:The Weimar Republic’s Crisis Democracy

& The Emergence of German Fascism

Spring Semester 2005: New College of California

Instructor: Scott J. Thompson

 Border Crossing,Resting Place:Portbou and Walter Benjamin 

by Christopher Rollason, Ph.D., Metz, France

   “All was to play for”Book Review ofEsther Leslie’s

Hollywood Flatlands:Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-Garde


Globalisation and Particularism in the Work of José Saramago:the Symbolism of the Shopping-Mall in A Cavernaby CHRISTOPHER ROLLASON

Links Arcade
  Translations of Works byWalter Benjamin

  • English translation of Walter Benjamin’s On Hashish [1927-1934] and
  • Myslowitz-Braunschweig-Marseilles: [1930] trans. by S.J.Thompson (1996)
  • Sobre La Perception: Spanish Translation of Benjamin’s “Über die Wahrnehmung,” [“On Perception”](Gesammelte Schriften, Bd VI, Suhrkamp Verlag. Frankfurt a. M. 1986, S. 33 – 38. ) Translated by Omar Rosas (Bogata, Colombia)


 The Passageways of Paris:

Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Projectand Contemporary Cultural Debate in the West


 Research Resources:

   Articles, Essays, Reports:

   Crossing BordersWalter Benjamin Conference in Barcelona,September 25-27 2000

Report by Esther Leslie

Walter Benjamin’s Work inExperimental Psychopathology

   On Ernst Joël &Fritz Fränkel:

  • Selections from the Anti-war journal, DER AUFBRUCH [The Awakening](1915), with contributions from Gustav Landauer, Bernhard Reichenbach, Rudolf Leonhard, Kurt Hiller and others. Trans. by S.J. Thompson.[Auf Deutsch/English]
  • Also translated documents & monographs by Joël & Fränkel, bibliography, & related links
  • Walter Benjamin, Dr. Ernst Joël & Hashish by S.J.Thompson
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Pansophist BibliothekOnline Catalogue of the WBRS Library

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