CALL FOR PAPERS
THE 13th CONFERENCE OF THE
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF EUROPEAN IDEAS
IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS, NICOSIA
GEOPOETIC AND MNEMOTOPIC DIMENSIONS OF LITERATURE
Chair: Martina Kolb
In Mediterranean: A Cultural Landscape, Predrag Matvejeviæ suggests that mediterraneity is a quality independent of a writer’s place of birth or residence, and thus something acquired, not inherited, a decision rather than a privilege. This at once erudite and inclusive idea is not only close to T.S. Eliot’s assessment of tradition as something obtained rather than inherited; it also credits strangeness in the same way Kenneth White does in The Atlantic Edge, where in relation to the North he coins the terms nordicity and atlanticity, proposing that while clearly anchored in the idea of place, geopoetics works out new literary mindscapes.
Not only Matvejeviæ’s and White’s writings are permeated by Nietzsche’s ideas on place. Jan Assmann in his book on cultural memory (Das kulturelle Gedächtnis) puts great emphasis on Nietzsche’s assertion that the human mind is naturally geared toward blissful forgetting rather than potentially painful remembering (so that memory rather than forgetting begs the question of motivation), as well as on the intimate relationship that place entertains with memory, in that any kind of cultural mnemotechnique relies on spatializations of time (Sigmund Freud would agree).
Within the broad framework of post-Nietzschean insights into the intricate connections between place, writing, memory, and identity, this workshop seeks papers which address geopoetic and/or mnemotopic dimensions of (post-) Nietzschean European writing that engages in a sensitivity toward places both real and imagined, thus reading, recreating, and remembering the lines of the world.
Abstracts (250 words) by October 1, 2011 to: [log in to unmask]<https://webmail.psu.edu/webmail/blank.html>
Martina Kolb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Honors Adviser in German
Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
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