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>From: Christine Lehleiter <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Novel as Meta-System (04/22/05; SLSA 2005, 11/10-13/05)
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>"Emergent Systems, Cognitive Environments:" Annual Conference of 
>SLSA, Chicago, IL, November 10-13, 2005
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>Call for Papers:
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>The Emergence of the Novel as a Critical Meta-System
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>In Models of Value, James Thompson has argued that novels are “a 
>kind of cultural laboratory/imaginary in which various forms of 
>social evaluation can be modeled and tested.” Following Thompson’s 
>lead, this panel wants to consider the novel as a meta-system that 
>has emerged to answer the challenges that new scientific discourses 
>have posed since the eighteenth century. We would like to elicit the 
>reasons and forces behind the scene that have made the novel the 
>most successful genre in the modern age and that are frequently 
>elaborated by novels themselves.
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>Due to the specialization and “differentiation of systems” 
>(Luhmann), the scientific world has become subdivided into 
>autonomous disciplines that lack communication with each other as 
>well as with the world of everyday life. Nevertheless, new 
>disciplines, such as evolutionary biology or organic chemistry as 
>well as technological transformations of labor or the media, had and 
>still have an enormous impact on our lives. Fiction alone, in 
>particular the genre of the novel, has provided an artificial space 
>in which the complexities and intricacies of modern reality can be 
>represented. As such, the novel is itself genuinely experimental 
>because it simulates and confronts discourses with each other that 
>are otherwise separated. It has the capability to model virtual 
>worlds and by doing so it challenges and critics the real world.
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>We are inviting papers that consider the novel as a meta-system and 
>papers that want to challenge this notion. Proposals from all time 
>periods are welcome. Please submit abstracts of 500-words or less by 
>April 22, 2005 to: Christian Weber and Christine Lehleiter, 
>Department of Germanic Studies, Indiana University, e-mail: 
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