>Below is a round-up of CFPs for sessions at this year's MLA Convention
>in San Diego (27-30 December). Further details at:
><http://www.mla.org/>. Topics: Germanic Philology; German Literature
>to 1700; Brecht; Goethe; Ironic Enlightenment; Kant's Political Theory
>and the Literary Imagination; Photography and Memory in Contemporary
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>From: Paul Bennett <[log in to unmask]>
>Modern Language Association Annual Convention
>Short Title: MLA
>Location: San Diego, CA, United States of America
>Date: 27-Dec-2003 - 30-Dec-2003
>Call Deadline: 24-Mar-2003
>Web Site: http://www.mla.org
>Contact Person: Marc Pierce
>Meeting Email: [log in to unmask]
>The Discussion Group for Germanic Philology will be sponsoring a
>session at this year's MLA convention. Faculty, graduate students, and
>independent scholars are invited to submit abstracts for papers on any
>linguistic or philological aspect of any historical or modern Germanic
>language or dialect, including English (to the Early Modern period) and
>the extra-territorial varieties. Papers from a range of linguistic
>subfields, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax,
>semantics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, contact, and change,
>as well as differing theoretical approaches, are welcome. Please submit
>abstracts electronically to Marc Pierce at <[log in to unmask]>, or send
>an e-mail to ask for more information.
>CALL FOR PAPERS - 2003 MLA CONVENTION, 27 - 30. December, SAN DIEGO, CA
>The MLA Division for German Literature to 1700 invites abstracts for
>papers to be delivered at the 2003 MLA conference from 27 - 30.
>December in San Diego, California. There are two special topics
>sessions and one open topic session. Please take a look at the special
>1) Power/Powerlessness: Textual Strategies, Social Phenomena. This
>session will investigate themes such as power, powerlessness,
>resistance, and marginalization as represented or inscribed in medieval
>and early modern German texts, both literary and non-literary.
>2) ROUNDTABLE Teaching Early Texts to New Generations: What is the
>place of pre-modern literature in the current curriculum? Is there a
>crisis, and if so, how do we make early texts relevant for students and
>3) Open Topic:
>Submissions are welcome on all aspects of medieval and early modern
>Please note that you must be a member in good standing of the MLA by 7
>April 2003 in order to have your name listed in the conference program.
>All Abstracts and inquiries, by MARCH 10, 2003, to
>Ann Marie Rasmussen ([log in to unmask])
>Ann Marie Rasmussen Direct Line/Voice Mail (919) 660 3173
>German Department Fax (919)660 3166
>116C Chemistry Bldg. Home (919)286 5850
>Box 90256 Duke University
>Durham, NC 27708-0256
>From: Alan Ng <[log in to unmask]>
>Forwarded from the International Brecht Society:
>> Please note the upcoming submission deadlines for the two
>> IBS-sponsored panels that will be held at the 2003 MLA in San Diego.
>> Communications concerning the panels should be directed to their
>> respective contacts.
>> "Visual Culture and Brecht". Session sponsored by the International
>> Brecht Society. Send abstract by March 24, 2003, to Stefan
>> Soldovieri ([log in to unmask]).
>> "Brecht's Essayistic Writing". Session sponsored by the
> > International Brecht Society. Send abstract by March 24, 2003, to
>> Astrid Oesmann ([log in to unmask]).
>> Accepted participants will need to join the IBS before presenting,
>> but anyone can send in a paper proposal.
>From: Angela Borchert <[log in to unmask]>
>PARODY: RE-VISIONING GOETHE
>The Goethe Society of North America invites proposals for a panel on
>the forms and functions of parody in and of Goethe’s work at the 2003
>MLA Convention, 27-30 December in San Diego.
>Goethe still provokes. 250 years after Nicolai remodeled the sorrows
>into Die Freuden des jungen Werthers, Enzensberger wrote Nieder mit
>Goethe! Eine Liebeserklärung. Parody challenges authority while
>reinscribing it. No wonder that Goethe, who himself was an avid
>practitioner of parody in his early career, later judges such
>subversive transgressions ambivalently.
>Parody seems to mark the intersections between invention and critique,
>adaptation and revision, combination and competition, similarity and
>difference. This panel is interested in re-visioning Goethe by
>examining parodies in diverse media and from a broad range of
>theoretical orientations and methodological approaches.
>With a view to Goethe, papers might focus on the pragmatics of parody:
>on effects ranging from ridicule to reverence, on forms from the comic
>to the ironic or on contexts from the 18th to the 21st centuries.
>Papers might consider Goethe in regards to a variety of parodistic
>discourses including pastiche, travesty, satire, caricature or
>burlesque. Papers might also explore more theoretical perspectives such
>as those of Schlegel, Bakhtin, Deleuze, Genette, Kristeva or Hutcheon
>in relation to Goethe and parody. Feminist perspectives are especially
>Panelists must be MLA members. Please submit 1-2 page proposals by
>March 15th, 2003 to:
>Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
>University College 256
>The University of Western Ontario
>N6A 3K7, Canada
>E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
>(paste-in message preferred)
>Fax: (519) 661-4093
>From: Karl Maurer <[log in to unmask]>
>Call for Papers for a panel sponsored by the Lessing Society at the
>Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association, December 27-30,
>San Diego, CA
>Panel Title: Ironic Enlightenment
>Deadline for Submissions: 3/15/03
>Some Lessing scholarship of recent decades has depicted Lessing as
>aware of the limits of the Enlightenment project. These limits have
>been identified in several, although related, ways: for example, as the
>indefinite process of Enlightenment due to the perforce historically
>contingent status of any given standpoint; or as the impossibility to
>communicate about the conditions of communication itself. The image of
>Lessing as a proponent of a self-doubting Enlightenment poses the
>question of irony in his writings and in their relation to the works of
>other authors. Is Enlightenment an impossibility which Lessing only
>promotes ironically; or is irony itself functionalized to enable
>Enlightenment to continue despite its own undermining? How is Lessing's
>irony different from, or similar to, ironic elements in some
>contemporary theoretical discourses?
>Papers should address these and related questions, possible topics may
>include, but are not limited to: teleology, religion, pedagogy,
>tolerance, history, metaphor, tragedy, and ironic exchanges between
>Lessing and his contemporaries.
>Inquiries are welcome. Please mail or E-mail one-page proposals by
>Campus Box K-121
>2 E South St.
>Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
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>Office phone: 309-341-7290
>From: thelon <[log in to unmask]>
>MLA Special Session Proposal: Call for Papers for the 2003 Convention
>in San Diego
>Kant's Political Theory and the Literary Imagination
>We invite papers that examine Kant's political theory and its impact in
>philosophy, the sphere of political practice and/or the German literary
>imagination. Possible topics include but are not limited to; Kant and
>the French revolution, Kant and the political dimensions of German
>Idealism, Kant's role in the development of Romanticism, Nietzsche
>versus Kant, the political implications of Neo-Kantianism, the role of
>Kant's political thought in German philosophy early in the twentieth
>century via Lebensphilosophie, phenomenology or fundamental ontology.
>In addition we are particularly interested in seeing papers that treat
>the implications of Kant's political theory with regard to the
>development of globalization.
>Please send abstracts no longer than one page to Joel Freeman at
>[log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask] by March 26.
>From: Susanne Lenne <[log in to unmask]>
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>PHOTOGRAPHY AND MEMORY
>IN CONTEMPORARY GERMAN LITERATURE
>Proposals are invited for a Special Session at the 2003 MLA Convention,
>27-30 December in San Diego.
>Through the last two decades, questions of memory have been both
>subject of scholarly scrutiny as well as of creative works. To a large
>extent, these attempt to negotiate the remembering of major traumatic
>historical events, above all the Holocaust. Although approaches and
>discourses vary greatly, the reliability of memory in the
>reconstruction of individual and collective histories remains a
>principle concern. At the same time, historical facts alone appear to
>be insufficient in the recollection and representation of the past.
>Almost contrary to the suspicions towards a “historical truth”, the
>need to authenticate experience seems greater than ever. Particularly
>over the last decade, German language autobiographical and
>fictionalized accounts of past lives, events, and places have appeared
>that engage the reader in an often unsettling dialogue with photographs
>and text as they propel a confrontation with the forgotten or
>This Call for Papers invites proposals investigating the highly complex
>relationships between photography and memory in contemporary German
>language literature. How does photography function in these literary
>texts? What are the present-day implications of such works? Papers may
>wish to explore questions of authorship, agency, authenticity and
>authentication, reference, representation, post-memory, narrative
>forms, trauma, melancholy, postmodernism, individual vs. collective
>history, death, absences etc.
>Papers taking interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome.
>Panelists must be MLA members by 7 April.
>Please submit a one-page proposal and a CV by March 10th, 2003 to
>Dept. of German Studies
>University of Cincinnati
>P.O. Box 210372
>Cincinnati, OH 45221-0372
>Email: [log in to unmask]