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CFP: "Visions of Tomorrow: Science and Utopia in German Culture" (9/1/2009; journal)

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Peter McIsaac <[log in to unmask]>

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

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Tue, 13 Jan 2009 10:07:00 -0500

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Call for Submissions for a Special Issue of "Seminar: A Journal of  
Germanic Studies"

"Visions of Tomorrow: Science and Utopia in German Culture"

Guest Editors:
Peter M. McIsaac, Gabrielle Mueller and Diana Spokiene (York  
University, Toronto, Canada)

At the beginning of the 21st century, grand utopian thinking seems to  
have lost much of the cachet it once had. Yet as scholars such as  
Wolfgang Emmerich have observed, utopian modes of cultural production  
might nonetheless offer indispensable tools for thinking through the  
implications of rapid advances in the sciences and medicine. In asking  
whether science represents one area where utopian thinking might retain 
—or regain—critical purchase in today’s world, this special issue  
seeks to broadly examine modern German-speaking cultural production  
(e.g. literature, film, music, architecture, photography) through the  
lens of science and utopia.
Possible questions to address include: How might current cultural and  
scientific exigencies draw on or reshape past attempts to mediate and  
evaluate scientific ideas and advances? How do cultural discourses  
mediate and evaluate scientific ideas and advances? How do cultural  
representations of the natural sciences, the scientist and scientific  
processes of knowledge production impact scientific discourses  
themselves? How do these texts articulate the tensions between the  
perceived credibility, reliability, and the limits of science on the  
one hand and the subjective intervention of the artist on the other?  
Are utopian modes evident in areas other than the sciences? Within  
this broad framework, we are especially interested in the  
intersections of scientific discourses and utopian thinking on
•      society’s changing social structure
•      racial, ethnic, and gender differences
•      generational relationships
•      urban spaces
•      natural environment
•      education and knowledge


Manuscripts (max. 7500 words) may be submitted in German, English or  
French and should conform to the Seminar guidelines (http://www.humanities.ualberta.ca/Seminar/submissions.htm 
).

Enquiries and questions may be directed to Gabriele Mueller ([log in to unmask] 
), Peter McIsaac ([log in to unmask]) or Diana Spokiene ([log in to unmask] 
) Submission due date: September 1, 2009.




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dr. Peter M. McIsaac
Assistant Professor, German Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics
York University
4700 Keele St
Toronto ON
Canada M3J 1P3

Tel. 416-736-2100 x88747
email: [log in to unmask]

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