CALL FOR PAPERS
The Politics of Memory: Memory and the Emergence of 'Vaterliteratur' in
The Existentialist philosopher Karl Jaspers is the spiritual father of a
discourse that is emerging only now. First addressed as the so-called German
Schuldfrage by Karl Jaspers immediately after the war (in his famous
Heidelberg lecture), it has now reappeared in various forms in German life
and letters. Vaterliteratur is the mushrooming literature of children who
grew up in the Third Reich in the intimate shadow of the perpetrators. These
witnesses, as they are near or past retirement, are now writing about their
fathers to "set the record straight" and to contextualize their own lives.
How is one to categorize and analyze these (auto)biographical texts?
Papers are invited from memory studies, psychology, historiography, gender
and cultural studies to be included read at the conference of the
International Society for the Study of European Ideas in Pamplona, Spain
(2 - 7. August, 2004). Papers dealing with (auto-) biography, memory
politics and the historiography of the Third Reich are especially welcome,
as are surveys and reviews of current literary interpretations of memory
texts. The proceedings of the conference are to be published (providing that
the paper provides a wider audience a sense of this emerging field of
The deadline for submission is December 15, 2003.
Prof. Hans-Peter Söder, Ph.D.
Junior Year in Munich an der Universität München
Richard-Wagner Str. 27, 80333 München
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