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>>The Graduate Students of the Department of German, Russian and
>>Eastern European Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University
>>are announcing a call for papers for their 4th annual
>>interdisciplinary Conference to be held on April 2nd 2004 in New
>>Brunswick, New Jersey.   We welcome abstracts from graduate
>>students and scholars from the humanities and social sciences.
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>>Beyond Oedipus : Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Father
>>The role of a father or father figure has been considered a crucial
>>element in both the phylogenetic and individual human development.
>>From Heraklit’Äôs notion of ’Äúwar as father of all’Äù until
>>today’Äôs still influential concepts of Vater Staat, Landesvater,
>>Vaterland (patria) etc., the male element in family that we call
>>Father continues to be considered an existential and determining
>>factor for the maturation of daughter and son alike.  Therefore,
>>the absence or weakness of the father in literature has often
>>brought about despair and catastrophe.  Freud developed his version
>>of the ’ÄúOedipus Complex’Äù in which the male child fantasizes the
>>destruction of his father from Sophocles's tragedy in which Oedipus
>>is fated to fulfill the oracle's prediction that he will murder his
>>father.  However, challenging the father is not only performed by
>>sons and not only in order to get hold of the mother. Yet, the
>>circle of adopting gender or role identification within this
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>>  n has been hard or impossible to break for all involved. It is
>>only in 19th and early 20th centuries that various factors, such as
>>industrialization, World War I, the women's and youth movements and
>>psychoanalysis triggered a questioning and re-definition of gender
>>roles and the concepts of masculinity, especially the masculinity
>>within the entity of the family.  Expressionism ended up becoming
>>the official mouthpiece for this enterprise.  The Revolution of
>>1968 and the Women’Äôs Movement provided daring and threatening
>>alternatives to traditional family values, roles and traditions.
>>We invite papers that offer new theoretical frameworks to further
>>this discussion of the paternal realm and explore and polemicize
>>the role of the father in the millennial age. This one day event is
>>intended to provide a plenum for interactive and collaborative
>>exchange.
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>>Topics can include:
>>’Ä¢   The Father as Literary and Cinematic Topos’Ä¢   The
>>Totalitarian Father’Ä¢   Theology and the Father’Ä¢   Psychic,
>>Cultural and Political Enactments of Fatherhood’Ä¢   Paternal
>>Postures and Colonialism’Ä¢   Citizenship and Fatherhood’Ä¢
>>Fatherlessness and the Crisis of Fatherhood’Ä¢   The
>>Commodification of Fathers: Fatherhood in the Age of Reproductive
>>Anonymity’Ä¢   Paternity in the Hands of Women’Ä¢   The Father in
>>different cultures and societies’Ä¢   The Father in discourse
>>analysis’Ä¢   Filmic and Visual Representations of the Father’Ä¢
>>Fatherhood and Masculinity: Being a father is a man’Äôs preserve
>>’Ä¢   Deconstructing the Father and Postmodern Re-inscriptions of
>>the Father
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>>Presentations will be 20 minutes in length.  Please send
>>questionsand/or 250-word abstracts by December 1st, 2003 to Kai
>>Artur Diers, at [log in to unmask] . Please copy the abstract in
>>your e-mail message text and do not send it as an attachment
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