German Studies Association, David Sabean (coordinator)
During the past several years, the German Historical Association has
seen a decline in the number of panels devoted to the Early Modern
period. We are aiming to bring back a critical perspective to German
history and its literary tradition, beginning with the 2005 meeting in
Milwaukee (Sept. 29-Oct. 2). In the past, we have found that vigorous
discussion and the advancement of new ideas seem to happen most often
when there are a series of connected sessions. Yet there should, of
course, be room for new and innovative work beyond themes that the
coordinators propose. For the 2005 meeting, we have been given sixteen
sessions for the Early Modern period, defined broadly from ca. 1600 to
the mid nineteenth century: eight will be devoted to sessions on
"Modernity and the Baroque," four to "Court Society and the Political
World," and four will be left open for other topics.
1) "Modernity and the Baroque": Eight sessions, this time with a
particular approach, but with the hope that discussions will continue on
in new forms over the coming years.
Each of the eight sessions will take the following form: there will be
one paper on the confrontation of a "modern" thinker with a Baroque
subject, the kind of collision that determined the very nature of
modernist enterprise. Part of what we are after here is the pattern of
going behind the Aufklärung to question various projects of "modernity."
The two other papers will explore further aspects of the Baroque subject
itself, taking the questions posed by the modern thinker as the starting
point for further investigation. Each panel, therefore, will bring
together scholars who work on modern and early modern culture with the
intent of starting a new dialogue and opening up a long-term critical
perspective on German culture.
Nietzsche and baroque aristocratic culture/ La Rochfoucauld, Gratian,
Carl Schmitt and Natural Law
Curtius and Rhetorik.
Emmanuel Hirsch and Orthodox Lutheranism
Benjamin on Märtyrertum
Ernst Jünger: Silesius. Abenteuerliches Hertz.
Brecht and Grimmelshausen
Benjamin. Old debate. Confrontation with political Geist of the Baroque.
The failure to see Klugheitslehre.
Simmel and Rembrandt
Hindemith and Kepler. Pfizner and Palestrina. Hofmannsthal and Lully:
Ariadne. Busoni: Dr. Faust
Heidegger and Baroque Catholicism
Warburg and Mannerism
Scholem and the Jewish mystical tradition
2) "Court Society and the Political World": four sessions, which will
include papers from the early seventeenth century to the mid nineteenth
Female and male Networks
Representations and propaganda
Gratian reception in Germany
3) Four open sessions
The coordinator for the 2005 meeting is David Sabean and for the 2006
meeting is Mary Lindeman. Putting together this program will take
considerable coordination, and we want to plan well ahead. Whoever is
interested in participating should send a suggestion for a paper,
together with a short abstract, to David Sabean at UCLA
([log in to unmask]).
David Warren Sabean
Henry J. Bruman Professor of German History Dept. of History University
of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: 310 825 3173
Fax: 310 206 9630
Home phone: 310 474 7994
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Until Sept. 27, my address is:
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