From: Frank Finlay <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: CFP: The German Literary Intellectual, 1945 to the Present Day, University of Leeds,
Your attention is drawn to the latest conference at the University of Leeds.
Speaking Truth to Power?
The German Literary Intellectual, 1945 to the Present Day
An International Conference
October 5-7, 2007
Whereas it has been common to regard the German literary intellectual as more or less 'heroic' and resolutely independent individuals, determined to pronounce on matters of public interest, unshackled by party-political allegiance, "political correctness" or even crude calculations of personal gain, our conference seeks to challenge this view.
The focus is on the literary intellectual as entirely embedded with a series of interrelated and interlocking contexts: as a proponent of a particular standpoint within the competition of ideas in the public-political sphere; as situated within particular political projects and political alliances; as a 'public figure', self-consciously aware of the premium attached to his or her public profile in the media age; as an author responding to an always changing literary market, conscious of the need for publicity and perhaps even controversy; and as a 'name' within a literary field shaped by various other 'names', influences and positions, to mention but a few
As the prelude to a major, five-year research project to be based in the Department of German at the University of Leeds, we invite papers on any aspects of the above in relation to the involvement of writer-intellectuals in public-political affairs in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany or the GDR) and the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany or the FRG).
Among the keynote speakers will be Stephen Brockmann, Leverhulme Visiting Professor in the Department, as well as guests from Germany.
Offers of Papers (Abstract by 28 February 2007) to:
Prof Frank Finlay ([log in to unmask]) or Prof Stuart Taberner ([log in to unmask])
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