From:         Jane Lewin <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Correction to CFP: The 'Good German' in Literature and Culture

CONFERENCE
The 'Good German' in Literature and Culture


Thursday, 1 - Friday, 2 October 2009
Venue: Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London,
Stewart House/Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Co-Ordinators: Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh (University of Ulster) and Dr Christiane Schönfeld (NUI Galway)

Call for Papers
Keynote Speakers:

Joseph Kanon, author of The Good German
Birgit Maier-Katkin (Florida State University)

In the past few years, we have witnessed an increase in the number of cultural representations of the 'other' Third Reich citizen - the 'good' German - rather than the previously dominant genocidal nation state's willing executioner. These representations have highlighted the possibilities for dissenting behaviour, moral truth or at the very least civil disobedience. Within the context of the rise of Nazism and the fall of ethics, the lesson of the 'good' German is not necessarily a moral story evoking Kant's imperative or Hegel's idealism, but often a representation of highly ambivalent responses to an irrational, capitalist, fascist state. The 'good' German's counterhegemonic practice does not necessarily represent an ideology-critical stance that negates and contradicts the barbaric reality of Hitler's Germany, but at the same time, the moral choice implied always reflects a value system based on humanity and an 'other' ideal community.
As a member of the symbolic 'Aryan' community, however, this hero's 'goodness' might be that of the silent collaborator, and questions regarding his/her representation might include: evaluations of the logic of moral behaviour or normative ethics, ambivalence and moral absolutism, cultural and moral relativism, forces of social conformity and community-shaping mechanisms, self-preservation and self-sacrifice, etc.
The function and reception of cultural representations of 'good Germans' in literature, film and other media as well as 'good German' debates in Germany and abroad will be the focus of this conference.
Hannah Arendt said: 'The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil'. The 'good German' supposedly made this choice, and we cordially invite proposals on any aspect of representations of the Third Reich's 'good German' in literature and culture. Individual paper proposals as well as proposals for entire sessions will be considered.
For further information, or to offer a paper/suggestion for a panel, please send an abstract/proposal of 250-400 words by 30 September 2008 to both
Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh
and
Dr Christiane Schönfeld
INSTITUTE OF GERMANIC & ROMANCE STUDIES
University of London School of Advanced Study
Room ST272, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Telephone: +44 (0)20-7862 8966  Fax: +44 (0)20-7862 8672
Email: jane.lewin @sas.ac.uk  Website: http://igrs.sas.ac.uk

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