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CFP - Beyond Oedipus: Multidisciplinary Approaches to


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.


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 traditio!
 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.

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

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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