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>Dear Colleague,
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>We cordially invite you to attend the graduate student conference
>on
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>LITERATURES AND SPACES OF GLOBALIZATION
>Hosted by the graduate students of the Department of Germanic
>Languages at Columbia University in the City of New York
>April 1-3, 2004
>Held at Deutsches Haus, on the campus of Columbia University
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>The conference will include major keynote papers presented by Prof.
>Andreas Huyssen (Columbia University) and Prof. William Rasch
>(Indiana University) and several small-group panels.
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>Visit the conference website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/german/
>grads/grad_conference.html
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>Scholars from across the disciplines are encouraged to submit
>proposals that attempt to explore the representation of space in
>literature and the spatial organization of literatures.
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>Globalization has changed the way we think about space, and we
>would like to raise the question if and how this re-organization of
>space is addressed in modern literature, being aware that this has
>been a pervasive theme in literature in the past.
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>Conceptions of space are now recognized to be an intricate part of
>social, political, religious and cultural processes. The complexity
>of spatial organization is inherent in the logic of inclusion and
>exclusion, whereby a drive to include difference requires the
>designation of difference. Also, if the contemporary re-
>organization of space has had a major impact on literature, does
>reading produce and transform social spaces?
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>Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:
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>1. How is the complexity of spatial organization registered in
>literature? Here one could consider literature of the city,
>interior, exile, war, travel, etc.
>2. How do literary theories such as hermeneutics, psychoanalysis,
>discourse analysis, systems theory, deconstruction and
>postcolonialism respond to the representation of space in
>literature? Also, how do they demarcate local, national and global
>spaces of literature?
>3. How are the categories of world literature and national
>literature challenged and worked out in particular texts/authors?
>4. Does it make sense to talk about world literature today, as
>Goethe introduced it in the German literary scene? If yes, which of
>his presumptions (Enlightenment and Romantic universal humanism,
>subjectivity of the author, national literatures, dialectics of the
>particular and the universal) need to be revised? Or, if the idea
>of world literature is misguided today, is there an alternative
>besides the bookstand of žexotic world literatureÓ in your local
>bookstore? Does this bookstand exemplify the paradox of inclusion
>via exclusion?
>5. Given that a logic of inclusion and exclusion underlies the
>concept of world literature, how are the anxieties about retaining,
>losing or finding the individual and collective identity treated in
>literature?
>6. What is the relationship between the universal humanism and
>postcolonial discourse of žthe otherÓ, as both are, within their
>theoretical structures, that which is spoken for by authors and
>literary critics?
>7. The idea of world literature is based on the emergence of the
>European book market and free intellectual commerce. Does the
>discourse of the other inherit ideas from the enlightenment
>humanist universalism?
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>The panels will include three or four papers and one or two
>respondents. Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes. All
>participants will have to submit the papers by March 15, 2004.
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>The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 1, 2004.
>Please submit one-page abstracts with a separate coversheet
>indicating the author's name, affiliation, address, phone number
>and e-mail address to:
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>GERMAN GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE
>Department of Germanic Languages
>Columbia University
>319 Hamilton Hall
>MC 2812
>New York, NY 10027
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>Electronic submissions (attachment of word documents or text
>included in message body) to [log in to unmask]
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>The organizing committee also encourages those who would be
>interested in serving as respondents to submit their names,
>affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail address.
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>A limited number of subsidies may be available for scholars
>traveling from other universities within the U.S. or from Europe
>and for graduate students, pending funding.
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>We do hope you will be able to attend our conference.
>
>Sincerely,
>
>Jennifer Cameron
>Amra Dumisic
>Simona Vaidean
>Tomislav Zelic
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