>TROPES OF UNIFICATION:
>Community and Conflict in German Culture, 1848 - Present
>2003 German Studies Conference at Stanford University
>February 21-22, 2003
>Keynote Speaker: Stephen Brockmann, Carnegie Mellon University
>The graduate students of the Department of German Studies at Stanford
>University invite proposals addressing issues of community formation
>and dissolution. We are interested in topics that address the
>processes of political, artistic, and social cohesion and conflict
>within the German languages, cultures, and geographies. In what ways
>do the histories and cultures of the German-speaking lands engender a
>particular perspective on the ways in which people group themselves?
>How have people connected to the German tradition or German geographies
>marked their association with particular communities? In what ways
>have German intellectuals theorized or reacted to historical and
>political transformations of communities within the German tradition?
>In what ways does the act of constructing community inherently
>presuppose the inclusion of some and the exclusion of others?
>Paper topics may include:
>- the role of the intellectual in community and national identity
>- unification as metaphor/metaphors of unification
>- deutschsprachige Literatur/deutsche Literatur?
>- rhetorical systems of separation and unification
>- dilemmas confronted by East German intellectuals, post-unification
>- definitions, transformations, and conflicts of gendered communities
>- popular culture and alternative lifestyles communities: clubs,
>- myths of national unity, national consciousness
>- historical transformations of the concept "unification"
>- minority community formation and dissolution
>- minority assimilation into majority culture
>- construction and dissolution of literary/artistic communities
>- the place of community/unification in postmodern theory
>- artistic/literary treatments of "moments of German political
>unifications or schisms" (1848, 1871, 1918, 1945, 1990)
>- cultural iconography of unification: architecture, technology
>- exile and expatriate communities
>- German ways of conceptualizing a global community
>- impact of the Wende on perceptions of past German unifications
>Proposal due date: December 15, 2002.
>Send an electronic submission
>via email to:
>Kristin Rebien, [log in to unmask]
>Scott Belliston, [log in to unmask]