*Creating, Questioning, and Playing with Reality: Living in Worlds of Pure

Alex Hogue, Matthew Bauman, Acacia Diniz

Department of German Studies

University of Cincinnati, USA

10-12 October 2014, Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati

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The German Graduate Student Association of the University of Cincinnati and
the editors of the graduate student journal* Focus on German Studies* present
the Nineteenth Annual Focus Graduate Student Conference to be held 10-12
October 2014 at the University of Cincinnati.

Keynote Speaker: TBD

Whether set in a far off time and space, in an alternate world, or in the
mind of a character, narratives that create, question, and play with
reality reflect the abilities of authors, filmmakers, and video game
designers to not only explore their own creativity, but also to lay bare
our understanding of reality from the safe distance offered by fiction.
Theorist Fredric Jameson has argued that science fiction in particular
offers insights less about any alternative past or future, but about the
present in which the work was produced. In expanding Jameson’s idea beyond
a single genre, this interdisciplinary conference will explore how and why
various notions of reality are constructed.

Submissions are welcome from any discipline. Papers may be presented in
either German or English.

Possible panels include but are not limited to:

   - “Warp, Hyperdrive, or the TARDIS? Overcoming the Here and Now in
   Science Fiction”
   - “Seeing is Believing. Perceiving and Constructing Reality in Visual
   - “Me and My Avatar: Games, Gaming, and Interactivity”
   - “And Now for Something Completely Different: Counterfactual Histories
   and Historical Fiction”

Other possible topics include but are not limited to:

   - Science fiction
   - Fantasy
   - Counterfactual history
   - Alternate Reality
   - Video games
   - Superheroes
   - Comic books and graphic novels
   - Philosophy of mind
   - Digital culture
   - Digital humanities
   - Social media
   - Stream of consciousness
   - Based on a true story…

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