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GERMAN-CFP-L October 2006

Subject:

CFP: Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany (FNI 2008)

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Susan Boettcher <[log in to unmask]>

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German Studies CFP Forum <[log in to unmask]>

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Call for Papers

Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany

The Fifth International Conference
Frühe Neuzeit Interdisziplinär
March 27-30, 2008

The fifth international conference sponsored by 
FNI will focus on the early modern experience of 
and response to loss, not only personal, 
emotional responses to loss but loss as a matter 
of social and communal dynamics, social and 
economic systems, legal rights, public 
architecture, etc. The conference will thus 
investigate not only affective responses such as 
mourning, melancholy, and lamentation, but also 
the re-creative responses to loss and the 
adjustments that follow. Papers might address 
such responses as conversion, rebuilding, making 
amends, compensation, memorialization, and 
restoration. Loss is of course not necessarily 
experienced as irrevocable or tragic in the Early 
Modern period; indeed, loss may be conceived as leading to gain.

We imagine five general headings for the 
conference though it is also clear that some of 
the most interesting cases of loss may cut across 
these categories. These five rough categories are 
spiritual loss (e.g., failed messianic movements, 
loss of faith, forced conversion, loss of sacred 
space), material loss (e.g., bankruptcy, loss of 
a library, loss of property from natural disaster 
or war, poverty, loss of membership in a 
corporation, loss of art), loss of place (exile; 
marginality loss of social place, family, culture 
or honor; loss of territory; incursions by Turks; 
loss of a town; fires; shifting of boundaries), 
loss of self (the self can be conceived in 
varying ways, ­e.g., bodily integrity, loss of 
legal rights, loss of honor, demonic possession, 
dreaming as loss of self), and loss of life 
(e.g., death of children, orphaning, war, death 
of a ruler, mourning and burial practices).

Papers that problematize what it means to speak 
of loss or to attempt to investigate the 
experience of loss in the early modern period are very welcome.

In keeping with the founding aims of FNI, the 
selection of papers will proceed with a firm 
commitment to dialogue across disciplines. 
Individual sessions will, moreover, consist of 
work across disciplines. In this first round, we 
are looking for individual proposals ­not 
completed sessions ­but would be glad to be 
alerted to links between your proposal and that 
of others being submitted by colleagues in adjacent disciplines.

Please e-mail the following documents to Lynne 
Tatlock at [log in to unmask] who will share 
them with the selection committee and appropriate 
experts on the executive board of FNI:

Short CV
One page (single-spaced) abstract of your paper 
proposal that includes your working title. Please 
make transparent the pertinence of your paper to the themes of the conference.

Deadline for submission of proposals: January 1, 2007
Notification of Acceptance: February 15, 2007

Website: http://www.fni.ucr.edu/

*******************
The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Megan McKinstry
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
Info available at: http://www.missouri.edu/~graswww/resources/gerlistserv.html

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