Department of Germanic Studies
Indiana University, Bloomington
February 20-22, 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS
Perceptual Magnets: Commanding Attention in Contested Time, Space and Thought
Seventh Biennial Graduate Student Conference
REVISED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JANUARY 30TH, 2009
The Department of Germanic Studies invites papers in Literature, Culture and Linguistics
for the Seventh Biennial Graduate Student Conference to be held Friday, February 20th
through Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Graduate students, professors, and independent scholars are cordially invited to submit
abstracts pertaining to Perceptual Magnets.
A perceptual magnet is anything that pulls at our attention and demands to be noticed.
The attraction can be intense enough to reduce all other competing perceptions to trivial
background noise, like a screaming tea kettle, or weak enough to be just barely noticed,
like the color red in "The Sixth Sense". Regardless of its intensity, however, a perceptual
magnet emits a field of influence that affects us and how we orient ourselves in the world
we occupy. This influence may be complicated when multiple perceptual magnets
compete for our attention. It may not be easy to identify where the edges of a field begin
Sometimes magnets are tangible objects. The sun, for instance, perpetually draws the
earth toward itself. Other times a magnet is like a black hole, which we can only be
aware of through evidence of its field. Perceptual magnets can themselves be tangible or
intangible. In either case it can be difficult, if not impossible to identify what a perceptual
magnet really is. This conference will discuss instances in language, literature, linguistics
and culture where perceptual magnets seem to be present, and try to determine the
who/what/where/when/why and how of them.
See attachment for submission instructions and further details.
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