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Dear colleagues,

I am organizing the following two panels for ASECS. Neither one is limited to German, but with preference for non-Anglo literatures and cultures. These are not the GSNA-sponsored panels.


Please send submissions & expressions of interest for both round table and panel to btautz[at]Bowdoin.edu. Abstracts of max. 300 words, plus 1-page cv. Due: September 10th, 2019. Thanks! Happy summer - Birgit


Texts Beyond….(Round Table)

Recognizing the multidisciplinarity of ASECS, this roundtable seeks to discuss individual eighteenth-century texts moving beyond their “moments of origin(ation).” This may include texts within national literary canons that have traveled beyond the borders of literature and country, becoming a staple in comparative studies, in transnational movements, and other disciplinary contexts; texts that have taken on political or cultural significance beyond their original philosophical nature; texts that have provided us with concepts that have evolved in subsequent centuries and now carry new meanings. Other cross-overs are also welcome.

The emphasis is on individual texts (rather than an author corpus or a multiple representatives of genre), in order to keep with a renewed attention to close, slow, or new readings. As these texts reach “beyond”, what is the role of translation, cultural adaptation, disciplinary codes, or temporal-historical shifts? As an interdisciplinary enterprise, the roundtable explores these questions, among others: Which gaps and needs for collaboration do text migrations expose? How do they contribute to an interdisciplinary and often transnational, disciplinary canon? How do these texts position themselves vis-à-vis the rise of dominant English? What is the role of languages other than English? Does text migration fuel the move towards global English? What gets included and what gets relegated to the margins when texts move beyond?

Maximum 6-8 presenters, selected on the basis of their proposals’ potential for communicative engagement, inclusivity, and cross-disciplinary dialog. All disciplines, non-Anglo focus preferred. Short position statements, combined with response to questions distributed in advance. Q&A by audience.


Small Things, Grand Narratives (Panel)

This panel seeks to examine the multi-layered and directional workings of things, encompassing, among others, reconsideration of the philosophical tradition as legacy of the 18th century (Kant to Heidegger), object-things, images as thing/object, a new materialism, dimensions and scale, value, etc. in German-language texts, gladly in comparison or dialog with translations, adaptations, or circulations in other languages/cultures across the globe. On the one hand, the panel extends discussions on new materialism and the cultural circulation of objects in German-language materials that took place a few years ago at ASECS. On the other hand, and more importantly, the panel attempts to reorient this discussion by focusing on the narrative role of (small) things. Building on rich scholarship devoted to things and objects in narrative - with MacLeod’s Fugitive Objects being the most prominent in recent German Studies – the panel engages a variety of questions. Examples are: Do (small) things produce grand narratives, even becoming the narrating instance (e.g., It-narratives)? Do they lodge/bury/inventory archived stories? Are they stumbling blocks in narrative? Are they indexes or inventories to organize a surplus of texts? Or do things in narrative present nothing but excessive narrative details? In particular, we are interested in investigating thus-configured things in relation to reading, writing, narrating and in using them as a point of departure to reflect upon the future of reinvigorated literary studies vis-a-vis historical studies (e.g., Zara/Ausländer Objects of War) or broadly conceived cultural studies abstracting from the nuances of narrative and rhetoric.


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