Geist as a “Keyword” during the Age of Goethe (sponsored by the Goethe Society of North America)
Inspired by the
“keywords project” at the University of Pittsburgh and Cambridge University,
which continues the work of Raymond Williams, this session will explore the
varying uses of the word Geist and
its cognates during the Age of Goethe. As a
“prominent word,” not only in the widespread discussions of the day
about the occult, but also in literature, philosophy, and science, Geist produced a language (Geistersprache) that was “capable of
bearing interlocking, yet sometimes contradictory and commonly contested [. .
.] meanings.” Please submit proposals (250-300 words) for papers that begin to outline
in broad strokes the full range of lexical complexity that this keyword
involved for writers as diverse as Swedenborg, Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel,
Wieland, Schiller, Goethe, Novalis, Kleist, etc. The session will serve as one of the
two panels for ASECS that are sponsored by the GSNA (Goethe Society of N.
America). The conference will be in Pittsburgh March 31–April 3, 2016.
Submit proposals to: [log in to unmask]
Deadline: September 10, 2015