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Call for Papers: 
 
In an age of increased awareness over the depletion of natural resources 
pitted against an ever-growing and increasingly interconnected global 
population, the problematics of space have assumed a prominent position in 
contemporary discourse. The issue of space, including its definitions and uses, 
manifests itself locally and globally. On an individual level, a person’s private 
sphere has become public in the age of social networking. These changes to 
one’s personal life come at a time in which current and future human 
endeavors face the challenge of a rapidly changing natural world, affecting 
ecosystems, people, and systems of order. 
 
Our conference aims to explore different approaches towards space in 
discourse, culture, and the natural world. The term “wasted spaces” can refer 
not only to the destruction of the material world through natural and man-
made forces, but also the potential to transform existing spaces: what is 
deemed “wasted” or “useless” can be reshaped through actions and language, 
as space has both a material and immaterial side. Even if technological 
developments in the recent decades have radically accelerated the need to 
redefine the areas in which we live, the challenge itself is not a new one. 
 
We invite graduate students from all disciplines to submit papers in English or 
German on the creation, definition, and destruction of space(s). While this 
conference is being hosted by the Department of Germanic Languages and 
Literatures at the University of Virginia, students in other fields, including the 
natural sciences, engineering, and architecture, are encouraged to submit an 
abstract. Possible topics include but are not limited to:  

-environmentalism in literature 
-definitions of space on the micro and/or macro level  
-gendered spaces 
-the depiction of space in a visual medium such as photography, film, or 
theatre  
-the relationship of the human being to his natural (and unnatural) 
surroundings  
-depictions of nature in art and literature 
-fantastic/futuristic spaces and spatial fantasies 
-utopias and other non-places  
-the human body as a delineated and defined space  
-the competition over the control of space  
-reading of spaces vs. reading in spaces 
-spaces of memory  
-virtual space  
-the alteration of space through art and architecture  
-spaces of domesticity 
 
Submissions: The deadline for submissions is December 10, 2011. Please send 
an abstract of not more than 250 words, along with the proposed title, author’s 
name, affiliation, and email, to:  
 
Charles Taggart and Rebekah Slodounik  
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For more information, please visit: 
www.uvagermangradconference2012.wordpress.com 

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