Casebook: Jack the Ripper Conference 2022
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Casebook: Jack the Ripper Conference 2022Casebook: Jack the Ripper Conference 2022

Casebook: Jack the Ripper Conference 2022

On Sunday, October 9, 2022, I will give a conference talk at the 2022 Casebook: Jack the Ripper Conference.

“Jack, der Aufschlitzer” – A German perception of the Ripper murders from 1888 to today, or: Jack the Ripper, the traveller beyond time and place.

Philipp Röttgers is a German writer, historian, journalist and musician in constant search for London’s spirit. Philipp studied English literature and culture and is an expert in the capital’s (and Britain’s) literature and culture. Since he typed “Jack the Ripper” into Google when he was 16, he has been hooked and fascinated by the case. Becoming a Ripperologist was his entrance ticket into London history and psychogeography. Philipp feels deeply connected toLondon and the power emanating from this place.

The search for London’s “spirit of place” has led him on a journey beyond time and place.

Along his way he has published the book “London and its genius loci“, several articles and essays, walked the city alone and as a tour guide, founded the company “London beyond time and place” and in his successful series of interviews he conversed with authors, musicians, tour guides, historians, curators, entertainers and time travellers who all feel a deep connection to the city and are inspired by it – some of his guests are quite familiar to the audience today. If you cannot find him walking the streets or in a London pub, he is probably playing drums with his band PARIAHLORD, who have just released their first full length-album.

Philipp will talk about the perception of the Ripper murders in Germany, beginning with how German media dealt with the case in 1888 and what it is like today (spoiler alert: It includes a terrible German TV adaptation of the Ripper murders). He will also include how this perception shaped his point of view when he began researching and how the Ripper murders ultimately led him on his London-journey beyond time and place.”

Thanks to Casebook: Jack the Ripper Conference 2022 for having me!

Order my new German book “Jack the Ripper – Die Whitechapel-Morde 1888: Eine Chronologie” here:

Walks beyond time and place

Title photo: Philipp Röttgers

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