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CALL FOR PAPERS
THE 13th CONFERENCE OF THE
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF EUROPEAN IDEAS
IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS, NICOSIA

WORKSHOP
GEOPOETIC AND MNEMOTOPIC DIMENSIONS OF LITERATURE
SINCE NIETZSCHE
Chair: Martina Kolb


In Mediterranean: A Cultural Landscape, Predrag MatvejeviŠ suggests that
mediterraneity is a quality independent of a writer's place of birth or
residence, and thus something acquired, not inherited, a decision rather than a
privilege. This at once erudite and inclusive idea is not only close to T.S.
Eliot's assessment of tradition as something obtained rather than inherited;
it also credits strangeness in the same way Kenneth White does in The Atlantic
Edge, where in relation to the North he coins the terms nordicity and
atlanticity, proposing that while clearly anchored in the idea of place,
geopoetics works out new literary mindscapes.


Not only MatvejeviŠ's and White's writings are permeated by Nietzsche's
ideas on place. Jan Assmann in his book on cultural memory (Das kulturelle
Gedaechtnis) puts great emphasis on Nietzsche's assertion that the human
mind is naturally geared toward blissful forgetting rather than potentially
painful remembering (so that memory rather than forgetting begs the
question of motivation), as well as on the intimate relationship that
place entertains with memory, in that any kind of cultural mnemotechnique
relies on spatializations of time (Sigmund Freud would agree).


Within the broad framework of post-Nietzschean insights into the intricate
connections between place, writing, memory, and identity, this workshop seeks
papers which address geopoetic and/or mnemotopic dimensions of
(post-) Nietzschean European writing that engages in a sensitivity
toward places both real and imagined, thus reading, recreating, and remembering
the lines of the world.

Abstracts (250 words) by December 15, 2011 to:
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Martina Kolb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Honors Adviser in German
Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
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Phone: 814.865.0068
http://complit.la.psu.edu/people-fac.shtml

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