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TitelAn die Freude: Approaching “happiness” in German contexts
BeschreibungThe Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and the Corcoran Department of History of the University of Virginia present

The 17th Annual German Graduate Studies Conference
An die Freude: Approaching “happiness” in German contexts
February 26-28, 2010
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA

We have all heard of “the pursuit of happiness”, “all’s well that ends well”, and “Shiny Happy People”. Happiness is treated as an allegedly on-demand commodity, but in our age of financial and environmental crises, it seems increasingly out of reach. What do we mean when we speak about happiness? Does it exist? Or is it merely a word, a metaphor for an ineffable desire?

Recent and past studies on love, melancholy, and anguish often overshadow scholarly explorations of happiness. This conference investigates conceptions and functions of happiness in German and German-related contexts, posing questions such as these: Does happiness play a role in cultural production? Is it a poetic, social or political construct? Does happiness have its own logic? Is its structure teleological or dialectical? In the history of our and other nations, what has happiness meant? Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

happiness and happenstance
play as happiness
happiness in crisis
psychoanalysis and happiness
mania and depression
genealogy/histories of happiness
pursuit of happiness
“die laughing”
happy endings
happy-go-lucky figures
Glücksfall/ Glücksfälle
“Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen”
aesthetics of happiness
happiness and semiotics
Freude, Glück = happiness?
happiness as financial well being
well-wishing (Glückwünsche)
happiness and fate
religious ecstasy as happiness
Elysium and Schlaraffenland
happiness and gender

Keynote speaker to be announced. Papers will be selected based on compatibility. Presentations in German/English should be no longer than 20 minutes. UVA graduate students will offer accommodations. Limited travel grants may be awarded. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract by December 17, 2009 to the conference organizers.

contact: Gabriel Cooper - Conference Director -

University of Virginia German Department
521 New Cabell Hall, P.O. Box 400125
VA 22904-4125
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Cooper, Gabriel  
Funktion: Conference Director 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: University of Virginia German Department 
Strasse/Postfach: 521 New Cabell Hall, P.O. Box 400125 
Postleitzahl: VA 22904-4125 
Stadt: Charlottesville 
Fax: 434-924-6700 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Dramentheorie; Erzähltheorie; Genderforschung; Geschichte der Germanistik; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literaturpsychologie; Literaturtheorie: Themen
Klassifikation00.00.00 ohne thematische Zuordnung
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