Call for Papers
Turns and Trends in Literary Studies
Literature and Science between 1850 and 1910: Testing the Theories
International Conference for Young Scholars, Graduate Students and Post-Docs
July 2-4, 2010 – Guest House of the University of Bremen (GER)
In recent decades, theoretical and analytical debates about literature have given rise to fundamentally new points of view in literary studies, including the linguistic turn, the cultural turn, and more recently the anthropological turn and the body turn. On one hand, these turns have the potential to enrich our interaction with literature, but at the same time, they still face the challenge of legitimizing themselves in the face of traditional, established methods. As we re-orient ourselves in light of these turns, we have begun to approach texts with very specific lenses and to re-consider the relevance and applicability of key terms such as body, performance, space, intermediality, nationality, post-colonialism, gender, nature discourses and ecocriticism, to name only a few.
This conference seeks to examine the plausibility, the potential for innovation and even the limitations of these concepts in an era of literary history so resistant to clean classification and interpretation, namely 1850-1910. The cultural production and the advancement of scientific thought across all disciplines in the German-speaking world at this time offer a plentiful field of texts for a critical discussion about the possibility and use of theory in questions of literary studies.
This conference is directed specifically at the next generation of scholars and is meant to offer an opportunity to present, expand and link research interests between participants, universities and continents. Therefore we invite graduate students at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels, as well as post-doc researchers to submit their proposals. Papers and discussions will be held in both German and English.
Thematic suggestions for 25-minute presentations could include, but are not limited to:
- fundamental examinations of recent conceptions in literary theory as well as their connections to cultural and media studies
- close readings of German literature between the years 1850-1910
- literary-historical contextualizations of the periods Nachmärz, the Gründerjahre, Wilhelmine Germany, turn of the century, etc.
- interaction between literature and scientific thought
- comparative studies of German and English literature
Please submit preliminary proposals (maximum one page) by e-mail to one of the addresses listed below no later October 31, 2009 to ensure the greatest possibility for financial support.
Dr. des. Christian Meierhofer M.A.
Fachbereich 10: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Bibliothekstraße, GW 2 – B 3380
Postfach 330 440
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Eric Scheufler M.A.
University of Washington, Seattle
Department of Germanics
340-C Denny Hall
Seattle Washington 98195-3130
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