From: "Ham, Jennifer" <[log in to unmask]>

Subject: CFP:  Bildung, Discipline and Pedagogy in the Modern State (2/3/08;
 GSA; 10/2-5/08)


CFP:  Bildung, Discipline and Pedagogy in the Modern State (2/3/08; GSA; 10/2-5/08)
Call for Papers, German Studies Association Conference,
October 2-5, 2008, St. Paul, Minnesota
Session Description:
Educational institutions and spaces have long served as overt sites where inward transformations central to the cultivation of national identity occur. While Enlightenment thinkers such as Kant and Rousseau and reformers, such as Pestalozzi advocated a pedagogy of liberation and freedom, schools in succeeding centuries borrowed disciplinary tactics from religious, military and correctional institutions, often to achieve nationalistic purposes. This panel will investigate the paradoxes and ideological struggles inherent in the educative process and welcomes papers that explore theoretical, literary and visual representations of students, teachers and educational spaces in German-speaking contexts. Possible topics include (but are not limited to): literary and visual depictions of educational institutions; historical pedagogies from Enlightenment, Classical and Modernist concepts of "Bildung" to "Reformpädagogik;" scenes of awakening and self-realization; the role of education in nation building; educational philosophies (Leibniz, Kant, Goethe, Humboldt, Schlegel, Fichte, Pestalozzi, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, Habermas); physical education; constructions of childhood and adolescence in educational settings; cinematic depictions of classrooms, didactic genres from Goethe's "Bildungsroman" to Brecht's "Lehrstücke;" university life; military academies, youth movements; women's education; educational policies in Prussia, Weimar and the Third Reich; "Volksbildung" and denazification. Please send 150-200 word abstracts, contact information and any anticipated audio-visual needs by Feb. 3rd to Jennifer Ham, Chair, Department of Modern Languages, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311, [log in to unmask].

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