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Call for Papers
German Studies Association 32nd Annual Convention

October 2-5, 2008
St. Paul, MN


"Kleist: The End  1800."
The year 1800 marked not only the end of a century, but also the beginning
of a critical investigation of the concept of "the end." The work of
Heinrich von Kleist specifically
challenges traditional conceptions of the end and rethinks its semantic
implications for
a diverse group of fields, e.g. narrative, law, history, epistemology,
aesthetics, military
strategy, statistics. Responding to the shifting grounds of the historical
and intellectual
environment of the new century, Kleist's work might be seen as an index and
as an
example: on the one hand an entryway into a much larger set of cultural
practices, on
the other a reflection and refraction of the discourses of his time.
We welcome proposals with an interdisciplinary perspective that address the
concept
of the end in various discourses around 1800 and consider the specifically
Kleistian
framing of it.
Please send 300 word abstracts and a short bio by Feb. 12, 2008 to both
Oliver Simons
at [log in to unmask] and Anders Engberg-Pedersen at
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