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>From: "Carrie Collenberg" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: UPDATE: Confronting Danger (1/15/06; 4/6/06-4/9/06)
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>CONFRONTING DANGER Update: Please note that we have extended the date
>for proposal submittals to January 15th.
>
>Call for Papers:
>
>The graduate students in the Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch
>of
>the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities are pleased to announce the
>upcoming conference, "Confronting Danger," which will take place April
>6-9,
>2006.
>
>The purpose of this conference is to consider how the notion of danger
>affects individuals and society, how and why people engage in risky
>behavior, and how danger is represented in the media and the arts.
>Danger
>alerts, such as the constant threat of terrorist attacks, epidemics, and
>natural disasters have become almost quotidian and resonate with
>authorities and civilians in various ways. Whereas the evocation of
>danger
>is considered necessary for the preservation of life, it can also lead
>to
>paranoid reactions and the instrumentalization of fear. "Confronting
>Danger" aims at exploring the ambivalent nature of the concept of
>danger to
>negotiate its constructive and destructive potential. By rethinking the
>broad implications of the label "danger," our goal is to gain a better
>understanding of the importance of danger as a driving force behind
>socio-political, historical, cultural, and aesthetic processes.
>
>How do we respond to danger on an emotional and psychological level as
>well
>as on a socio-cultural level? What motivates people to engage in
>dangerous
>activities? How does being labeled "potentially dangerous" influence the
>lives of individuals and religious, ethnic or political groups? What
>makes
>one dangerous event or person celebrated and the other repressed or
>marginalized? How does the perception of danger change over time? And
>under
>which conditions can art itself be dangerous without annihilating its
>own
>discourse? How is danger mediated to the public? If we take into account
>that thinking the unthinkable and transgressing disciplinary boundaries
>has
>become nearly a requirement for academics, has the trope of the
>dangerous
>mind become an empty concept? What risks does a scholar have to take in
>order to produce transgressive and innovative rather than predictable
>research? Who decides what is dangerous and what hierarchies of power
>does
>this assume? To what extent is the person who engages in a dangerous
>activity aware of the consequences?
>
>We welcome in particular critical and creative projects that employ
>interdisciplinary approaches to Germanic Studies. We also welcome
>projects
>that are not traditional paper form.
>
>Possible topics include but are not limited to:
>politics of paranoia
>states of emergency
>danger kitsch
>pseudo danger
>viral cultures
>news agencies and reality television
>taboos, transgressions, and disruptive events
>civil (dis)obedience, hero persecution or worshipping
>representations of danger in literature, film, music, media
>political, women's, artistic, student movements, strikes etc.
>the unknown, the other, the excluded
>persecution of marginalized groups
>monsters, barbarians, hordes
>violence and aggression
>expulsion and excommunication
>migration and exile, diaspora
>the relationship between aesthetics and ethics
>manipulation and perception of fear and anxieties
>challenging canons and interdisciplinarity
>questioning the future of academia
>questionable publications, genre transgressions, censorship
>etc.
>
>Please send a proposal of up to 300 words, in German or English, by
>JANUARY 15 to Carrie Collenberg at [log in to unmask]
>
>Keynote speaker: Alice A. Kuzniar
>Presentations will be in English.
>Room and board and travel stipends may be available.
>http://www.tc.umn.edu/~ggsa
>
>

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