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GERMAN-CFP-L  January 2007

GERMAN-CFP-L January 2007

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CFP: Witnessing Cities & the Case of Berlin (grad) (1/31/07; 7/12-14/07)

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Megan McKinstry <[log in to unmask]>

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

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>From:         "U. Staiger" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Call for papers: InEvidence. Witnessing Cities and the Case of Berlin
>
>REMINDER: Call for Papers from Graduate Students
>********************************************************
>InEvidence: Witnessing Cities and the Case of Berlin      
>International Interdisciplinary Conference
>University of Cambridge, 12-14 July 2007
>www.inevidence.net
>Deadline call for papers: 31 January 2007
>********************************************************
>
>As an amalgamation of disjuncture, mutability and complex coherence, 
>the contemporary city commands attention in unprecedented ways, 
>exhorting the inhabitant as well as the observer to be abreast of 
>urban threats, delights and to 'remain at all times alert'. From the 
>metropolis to the shantytown, from the high-modern to the 
>urban-congested, from regeneration to commemoration, the city has 
>become a key site for investigations in the arts, humanities and 
>social sciences.
>Organised in two strands, this conference will aim to bring together 
>scholars and practitioners from a variety of fields in order to 
>consider how the city has served to open up an arena of vivid 
>inter-disciplinary debate and artistic production. The first strand 
>will focus on generic issues of the modern city, drawing on a 
>variety of examples. The concern will be with the city as a witness 
>to changing political topographies, to economic shifts and 
>socio-spatial transformations, as well as with 'the urban' as an 
>entity that can itself be witnessed by the multitude of cultural 
>undertakings emerging in and about the built environment. Under 
>scrutiny will be the various strategies of representation operative 
>on the ground and the institutional and independent initiatives that 
>intervene in and elicit alternative forms of evidence. The density 
>and friction of everyday urban encounter will equally be examined to 
>raise questions of visibility and regulation of appearance.
>The second strand will seek to take the measure of the modes of 
>witnessing at work in a single city: Berlin. As an urban icon with a 
>uniquely drastic twentieth-century political history, a parade- and 
>battle-ground of antagonistic regimes, Berlin can claim a 
>paradigmatic status for rethinking the construction and conflict of 
>ideologies in urban form. Its recent history, whether as a city of 
>trauma or as a global capital of espionage, is laden with experience 
>and activities that challenge conventional ideas of the evidential, 
>in epistemological, ontological, ethical, and juridical terms. At 
>the same time, the official effort of memorialisation and 
>reconstruction is often at odds with the inadvertently registered 
>urban interventions that contest what should be made evident in, and 
>taken in evidence of, the city.
>The conference will take place at the University of Cambridge and in 
>cooperation with the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and 
>Social Sciences (CRASSH). Organised by the Departments of German and 
>Architecture, it is conceived as a forum for academics, artists and 
>practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds: architecture 
>and urban studies, cultural history and geography, media theory and 
>visual arts, literature, political sciences and sociology.
>Confirmed speakers include Daniel Libeskind (architect, NY), Richard 
>Sennett (Sociology, LSE), Anthony Vidler (Architecture, Cooper 
>Union), Edward Dimendberg (Film, Irvine), Mary Fulbrook (German, 
>UCL) and Victor Burgin (Visual Arts, Goldsmiths).
>
>For further information contact: [log in to unmask]
>
>**********************
>AHRC funding is available specifically for contributions from 
>graduate students. We welcome proposals for papers (a 500-word 
>abstract) to be submitted to *** [log in to unmask] ***, by 31 
>January 2007. A definitive programme should be in place by March 
>2007. Non-standard approaches and a plurality of perspectives are 
>particularly encouraged.
>**********************
>
>Check the conference website for further information: 
>www.inevidence.net ! The full web version will be online from 1 
>February 2007

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The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Megan McKinstry
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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