THE FUTURE OF PHILOLOGY
NEW DEADLINE: January 16, 2012
KEYNOTE SPEAKER ANNOUNCED: Nikolaus Wegmann
Philology in the emphatic sense is undergoing a renaissance within the
humanities. This revival of the ³core competencies² 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 departmentıs
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.
We are happy to announce that Nikolaus Wegmann (Princeton) will be
delivering the keynote address.
The conference will be held at Deutsches Haus at Columbia University in
the City of New York on Friday, February 24-25, 2012.
Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by January
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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