Call for Papers
11th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Deutsches Haus, Columbia University, New York
February 24 & 25, 2012
THE FUTURE OF PHILOLOGY
Philology in the emphatic sense is undergoing a renaissance within the
humanities. This revival of the “core competencies” of literary
studies bespeaks a newfound awareness of the status and relevance of
literature and language studies among other disciplines. We will
explore these currents as possibilities for interdisciplinary research
rather than just as counter-trends to it.
Three tendencies can be distinguished within this recent development:
(1) a broadening of the thematic and methodological scope that points
to a movement away from the text itself. By this we mean not only the
emergence of cultural and media studies, but also the department’s
function as an outpost of continental philosophy and a testing ground
for questions not yet ascribed to specific disciplines.
(2) a recent focus on the old core competencies of philological work
and research that point to a return to the text, such as edition
philology, the study of the materiality of texts, archival studies,
narratology, and genre theory.
(3) an increasing historical and praxeological self-reflection of the
discipline itself. As products of the nineteenth century, modern
language philologies emerged as politically charged national
philologies whose residual nationalism demands critical attention.
We are not simply confronted with a return to traditional values and a
turning away from interdisciplinarity. Philology does in fact have
something to offer to other disciplines. In light of all these
differing tendencies, what are the common boundaries of the
discipline? Have these boundaries reached a degree of permeability
that threatens the cohesion of the field itself, or might this
apparent diversification prove to be a force of consolidation? Can
these currents contribute to each other? And can other disciplines
learn from philological research methods?
We encourage submissions from all language and literature departments,
as well as other fields within the humanities and social sciences.
Reflections on the profile of the discipline of philology are as
welcome as presentations that exemplify new thematic and
methodological currents and their position within the field.
The conference will be held at Deutsches Haus at Columbia University
in the City of New York on February 24-25, 2012. The keynote speaker
will be announced in the near future.
Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by December
16, 2011, to [log in to unmask]
Topics may include but are not limited to:
- Edition philology and editorics
- Philology and the archive
- Philology and notational iconicity
- Philology and genre theory
- The materiality of text
- The history of philology
- Metatheoretical and metaconceptual outlooks on the field
- Philology and interdisciplinarity
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