Papers are sought for either of the following panels. Please note that both panels are devoted to marginalia in eighteenth- and early nineteenth century literature. While he respective panel/conference will ideally emphasize different understandings of marginalia, I welcome papers on all facets of understanding marginalia. 

ASECS (April 4-7, Cleveland, OH) – This panel is organized on behalf of the North American Goethe Society) see also: (>>Call for Papers 2013)

The panel proposes to examine Marginalia in Goethe and, more broadly, eighteenth-century German texts, culture, and lives. “Marginalia” are understood literally (i.e., notes, comments, pictures, and decorative elements in the margins of books) as well as more figuratively. While the panel seeks to emphasize the former, we also will consider papers that draw attention to forgotten, lost, or otherwise marginalized texts; papers illuminating how a marginal detail alters a domineering story; papers that reflect on how scholarly developments (e.g., interdisciplinarity, transnational collaboration and approaches, technology/digital humanities) enable the focus on marginalia.


NEMLA (March 21-24, 2013, Boston, MA) see also:

The panel proposes to examine Marginalia in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century German texts, culture, and lives. Marginalia are understood literally, or – preferably - figuratively (i.e., genres, topics, forms, patterns of seemingly little importance); thinking beyond the customary categories of marginalization welcome. Examples: attention to forgotten, unpublished, or otherwise marginalized texts; “marginal” genres (prefaces, epilogue), marginal details (e.g., narrative excess, foreign language texts) altering a domineering story; papers that reflect on how scholarly and technological developments  enable the focus on marginalia). 300 words abstracts to [log in to unmask]

Please indicate clearly for which conference you are submitting your proposal of 300 words max. to [log in to unmask] . Due: no later than September 15.

Birgit Tautz
Associate Professor of German, Chair
Department of German
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME 04101

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