Call for Papers:

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and the Corcoran 
Department of History of the University of Virginia announce

The 15th Annual German Graduate Studies Conference
Visions of Sound: The Aural in German Literature and History
February 8-10, 2008

Keynote Address: Professor Thomas Schestag (Johns Hopkins University)

Recent studies in literature, theater and film have paid some attention to 
the manifestations of sound, but have tended to privilege the visual in 
their interpretive paradigms.  Sound in its organic and artificial form is 
created and interpreted within society; its cultural products and meanings 
have changed over time. Simultaneously, sound is a creative element that 
involves both individual and cultural perceptions. The disciplines of the 
humanities seem best equipped to explore the engagement between the aural 
and the cultural.

Sounds both natural and artificial in origin and propagation can operate on 
scientific and metaphoric levels. It is the purpose of this conference to 
analyze where the boundaries of these levels exist and overlap by posing 
questions such as: how can sounds be harmonious and yet disruptive to 
different listeners? What differentiates speech from music and speech from 
“pure sound”?  How are we to understand the absence or surplus of sound? 
Possible topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:
•	Sounds of Birth, Redemption, Apocalypse	
•	(Poetic) Soundscapes
•	The Ineffable, Unnamable, Unspeakable 		
•	The Silent and The Silenced
•	Echoes: Structural, Theoretic, Cultural		
•	Art and Politics of Sound
•	Consonance and Dissonance
•	Dialogues and Disagreements	
•	Music and Empire	
•	Performances: Music/ Memory/ Text       			
•	Voicing/ Narration
•	Diachronic Interpretations of Sound

Papers will be selected based on compatibility. Presentations in German or 
English should be no longer than 15-20 minutes. Housing will be provided. 
Limited travel grants may be awarded. Please submit a one page abstract by 
December 17, 2007 to the conference organizers:

Martin Sheehan, Daniel Kollig, Kristan Werner
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University of Virginia German Department
521 New Cabell Hall, P.O. Box 400125
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4125
Fax: 434-94-6700 (ATTN: Grad Studies Conference)

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