Reminder: Call for Papers
Archives of Transgression / Transgressing the Archive
41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure
This panel explores how German literature and film thematize the
archivization of transgression. Revolutionary movements arise out of and build on an atmosphere of immediateness, passion and urgency. But how are events and their energy archived and recalled? After all, as Derrida writes in Archive Fever: “The archivization produces as much as it records the event.” In the afterlives of rebellious or revolutionary periods is it possible and even desirable to reanimate the memory of transgression? Can the remembrance of transgression and its anti-authoritarian power be a danger to the new system? Is the isolation, containment and “recuperation” of formerly deviant forces vital to the survival of a culture? And can strategies of transgression be successful in today’s world if they don’t conform to the demands of the archive?
Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Literary strategies of archiving transgressions
- The novel as archive
- Memories of Romantic transgression and archival nostalgia
- Adaptations, distortions and appropriations of past transgressions
- “Had you been there, you would understand”: the impossibility of
mediating past transgressions
- Foreign Transgressions (German reactions to the French and Russian
Revolutions, Spanish Civil War)
- Remembering 68
- The historicization of the avant-garde
- Carnevalesque ritualizations of the archive
- Resisting archival reification
Proposals of no more than 250 words should be sent electronically by
September 30, 2009 to Thomas Lornsen ([log in to unmask]) and Thomas
Krüger ([log in to unmask]).
Please include with your abstract: Name and Affiliation , Email address,
Postal address, Telephone number, A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling
The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as
well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention are posted at www.nemla.org.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar).
Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
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