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>Reply-To:     Helmut Schmitz <[log in to unmask]>
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>From:         Helmut Schmitz <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CfP Guilt and Shame, new dates
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>Dear Colleagues
>due to unforeseen problems with booking the 
>conference 'Guilt and Shame. Ritual Forms of 
>Dealing with Deviant Behaviour' announced for 
>May 5-7, 2006 will have to be rescheduled to 
>April 28-30. Renewed call for papers below
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>Guilt and Shame
>Ritual Forms of Dealing with Deviant Behaviour
>From Aias to Abu Ghraib
>
>International Conference in Bremen (Germany), 28-30 April 2006
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>as part of the project
>
>National Identities and European Myths
>
>Call for Papers
>
>In a state of rage, Aias, the outstanding Greek 
>hero at Troy slaughters a herd of cattle which 
>he mistakes for his enemy. When he comes to his 
>senses, he falls onto his sword, full of shame 
>about this loss of honour. The unheroic deed, 
>committed in madness, as well as the loss of 
>face, can be removed only by a dignified death.
>  Causes and modes of reaction may have changed, 
>but the feeling of shame is still of existential 
>and individual importance and replete of public 
>symbolism. According to Giorgio Agamben, '[i]n 
>shame, the subject thus has no other content 
>than its own desubjectification; it becomes 
>witness to its own disorder, its own oblivion as 
>a subject'.
>Aias's ritual suicide corresponds today to the 
>withdrawal from political office, the offer of 
>resignation or the admission of impropriety, 
>staged by and for the media. There still appears 
>to be a strong collective need for this kind of 
>ritualised act of exculpation. The function of 
>sacrifice remains the same, despite the changes.
>
>The conference will look at the following 
>aspects of the phenomena of guilt and shame:
>· Figures
>· Discourses of Coming to Terms
>· Rituals
>· Mythical narratives
>· Conventions
>· Staging of humiliation and shaming
>· Attribution of guilt
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>Mythical figures like Aias, Oedipus or 
>Penthesilea illustrate the spectrum of personal 
>representations of feelings of guilt and shame, 
>a spectrum which reaches to literary characters 
>like Franz Kafka's K. of whom it is said that 
>'it was as if his shame was to survive him'. 
>Historically, the line reaches from Greek 
>antiquity 'without conscience' (Hegel) to the 
>'shameless' present; from a systematic 
>perspective the different cultures confront each 
>other in their definitions and compensations of 
>deviant behaviour: from pagan Greece via 
>Christian Europe to Islam. In the 20th century, 
>discourses of coming to terms determine public 
>confrontation with the history of colonialism, 
>with questions of war guilt or genocide. 
>Cultural, national, historical as well as gender 
>differences determine the rituals which 
>structure reactions to deviant behaviour: in 
>verbal apologies, public and private behaviour, 
>dress codes, body language, by calculated 
>normative adjustments to masculinity and 
>femininity. These differentiations are reflected 
>in mythical narratives just as in everyday 
>conventions.
>
>Rituals and discourses of shame serve to 
>regulate deviant behaviour in one's own society 
>or to justify it before the self. On the other 
>hand, attribution of guilt and purposeful 
>shaming of the other, function as instruments of 
>power, as, for example during the European 
>witch-hunts or in the photographs from Abu 
>Ghraib, are used as.
>
>The conference is planned as a collaboration 
>between five European Universities:
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>Bremen (Fachbereich Sprach- und 
>Literaturwissenschaften; Institut für 
>kulturwissenschaftliech Deutschlandstudien) / 
>Prof. Dr. Heinz-Peter Preußer
>Ferrara (Dipartimento di Scienze Umane) / Prof. Dr. Matteo Galli
>Leiden (Faculteit der Letteren; Zentrum für Sprache und Identität, CTI) /
>Prof. Dr. Anthonya Visser
>Liège/Lüttich (Philosophie et Lettres, 
>Département Germaniques) / Prof. Dr. Alexandra 
>Pontzen
>Warwick (Dept of German Studies) / Dr. Helmut Schmitz
>(Internationaler Arbeitskreis Literatur und Politik in Deutschland e.V.).
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>We are looking for contributions from the 
>disciplines of Literary and Cultural Studies, 
>Classics and Classical Philology, Anthropology, 
>Philosophy, Media Studies, History, Art History, 
>Political Science, Sociology and Theology, as 
>well as related disciplines. Contributions can 
>be in German as well as in English. Please send 
>an abstract of 300 words max to all five email 
>addresses below by 31 October 2005. Replies will 
>be sent out by 30 November 2005.
>
>A publication in the series 'Jahrbuch Literatur 
>und Politik' with Universitätsverlag Winter 
>(Heidelberg) is planned.
>
>Prof. Dr. Heinz-Peter Preußer 
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>Prof. Dr. Matteo Galli    <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
>Prof. Dr. Anthonya 
>Visser   <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
>Prof. Dr. Alexandra Pontzen    <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
>Dr. Helmut Schmitz    <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
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>Dr Helmut Schmitz
>Dept of German Studies
>University of Warwick
>Coventry CV4 7AL
>Tel: 024/76 572524
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>Birmingham University Press 2004
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