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

The 18th Annual German Graduate Student Conference:
Textual Violence in German Contexts
March 18-20, 2011

There is no doubt that we live in a violent age, in both an overt and often
in a surreptitious sense.  Violence, however, is a deeply ambivalent
phenomenon with many faces in practically any human context.  Not only is it
a force of destruction, but it can also be a vital force of creation, as
readers of Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin, Artaud, and a number of other writers
know.  Violence has also often played a crucial role in positive political
changes, as well as political repression.  The family resemblances between
phenomena of violence ranging from the creation, reconfiguration, and
dissembling of meaning in texts to wars between or within states suggest a
complex, and perhaps contradictory, web of meaning.  This conference
attempts to investigate textual violence understood broadly as a phenomenon
woven into various media, such as written documents, the theatrical stage,
film, the plastic arts, etc.  We want to discuss the extent to which these
media have violent underpinnings, the use of them for violent aims, and the
representations of violence therein.

To what extent are creative acts violent and cruel?  Can poetic creativity
be both violent and healing?  How do violence and tolerance intertwine?  How
does ethics insert itself into a violent world?  Where, if ever, does
violence begin or end?  Or is this just a matter of perspective?  How is
violence related to acts of translation between languages, media, and
historical contexts?  How have representations of violence evolved and how
have technological and political changes contributed to this?

The keynote address will be given by Patrizia McBride, associate professor
at Cornell University.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

Creative acts of violence
Psychological violence
Domestic and dating violence
Violence and intertextuality
Representations of violence -- literary, filmic, painting etc
Literary feuding and polemics
Religion and violence
Violent revolutions
Self-inflicted violence
Gendered/sexual violence
Beauty and violence
Violence and the body
Anarchy and violence

Please send an abstract of 250 words to [log in to unmask]  Deadline
for submissions is January 10.

The German Studies Call for Papers List
Editor: Stefani Engelstein
Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
Sponsored by the University of Missouri
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