CFP: The Spatial Turn: Literature, Film, Geography (6/1/07;1/15/08;
Full essays; 1/15/08
The phrase "spatial turn" signals the growing importance of space as
an analytical as well as representational category for culture.
Migrating from fields like geography, urban studies, and
architecture, the new centrality of space and spatially inflected
approaches has transformed social-science fields as diverse as
sociology, philosophy, and psychology. In cultural studies,
productive analyses of space increasingly cut across the studies of
literature, film, popular culture, and the visual arts.
We (Jaimey Fisher of UC Davis and Barbara Mennel of the University of
Florida) are planning a volume that addresses these emerging modes of
inquiry and are seeking articles that engage with this spatial turn,
spatiality, and the theoretical implications of both. While the
spatial turn is cutting across numerous national cultures, this Call
For Papers is seeking a particular engagement with questions of space
and spatiality in the context of German culture, history, and theory.
In Germany, recent bestsellers like Daniel Kehlmann's _Die Vermessung
der Welt_ make geographers their heroes; films like Hans-Christian
Schmid's _Lichter_ portray the dynamic spaces of Europe's border
areas, while others like Fatih Akin's _Im Juli_ unfold a new European
imaginary. In a related development, films like Peter Kahane's _Die
Architekten_, Hubertus Siegert's _Berlin Babylon_ and Hito Steyerl's
_Die leere Mitte_ engage with novel urban spaces, including
cityscapes and architecture. Academic debates, led by scholars like
Aleida Assmann, have helped reconfigure both historical and memory
studies, fields more and more illuminated by theorists of space such
as Henri Lefebvre, Edward W. Soja and David Harvey.
We are particularly interested in essays that apply a spatial
analysis to German literature and film (in that order of preference),
but are also open to work on memory, architecture, geography,
philosophy, and queer and feminist theory. We imagine other relevant
proposals that might engage with specifically German theorizations of
space (including figures like Simmel, Kracauer, and Benjamin), or
that create a theoretical dialogue between Germany and the United
Please send abstract (250 words maximum) and a short CV to both
editors: Barbara Mennel at [log in to unmask] and Jaimey Fisher at
[log in to unmask] by June 1, 2007.
Final essays will be due January 15, 2008. We have engaged in
preliminary discussions about the volume with a press that has
articulated a desire to see a full proposal with committed authors
and their abstracts.
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