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TitelEnough is (Not) Enough: Excess in German Literature and Culture
BeschreibungThe Department of Germanics at the University of Washington welcomes submissions for this year’s graduate student conference, “Enough is (Not) Enough: Excess in German Literature and Culture,” to be held on May 6 and 7, 2011.

Keynote Address: TBA

What role does excess play in a time of economic recession and ecological destruction? How is excess to be reconciled with calls for austerity and conservation? Given the scarcity of natural resources and the wastefulness of consumerism, indulging the very question of excess seems, well, excessive.

Yet, for Georges Bataille, excess is an inevitability, a fundamental human gesture to consume a surplus. Indeed, the question for Bataille is not whether to conserve or deplete, but rather how wealth is to be squandered. Instead of privileging conservation, production, and accumulation, he valorizes gift-giving, wasting, and expenditure as a means to restore generosity and level economic divisions. For Freud, beauty is excessive, a surplus that is unnecessary, but marks civilization as such.

Accordingly, this graduate student conference addresses the links between social and aesthetic excess and its manifestations in German culture. Here one thinks of Tristan’s madness, Baroque splendor, Kant’s obsessive repetitions, Fräulein von Sternheim’s sentimentality, Kleist’s violence, Stifter’s minutiae, Kafka’s bureaucracies, Weimar decadence, Nazi atrocities, Bernhard’s resentment, and Fassbinder’s raunchiness. We invite proposals for papers that investigate the problems that arise from exceeding accepted physical, social, moral, aesthetic, economical, sexual, and rhetorical norms. Papers presented might include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

* Luxury, indulgence, waste
* Hoarding, accumulating, greed
* Deviant bodies, gluttony, addiction
* Transgressions, sins, breaches of decorum
* Obsessions and compulsions
* Repetition, boredom, tedium
* Exaggerations, verbosity
* Fragments, ruins, garbage
* Inflation, value, debt
* Hate, war, violence

Please send all abstracts (250-300 words) to by February 11, 2011. Include a short biography (100 words) as well panel preferences (e.g., physical excess, etc.). Papers may be presented in German or English. Let know us know if you require assistance with accommodation.

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VeranstaltungsortUniversity of Washington, Seattle
PersonName: Johnstone, Japhet, PhC 
Funktion: Veranstalter 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Department of Germanics, University of Washington 
Strasse/Postfach: 340-C Denny Hall, Box 353130 
Postleitzahl: WA 98195-3130 
Stadt: Seattle 
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