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Ergebnisanzeige "'Modernity at Large' and its Imaginaries in Germany & Beyond"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
Titel'Modernity at Large' and its Imaginaries in Germany & Beyond
Beschreibung"Modernity at Large" and its Imaginaries in Germany and Beyond
10th annual Columbia University German Graduate Student Conference

Deutsches Haus, Columbia University, March 4 & 5, 2011

Keynote: Stathis Gourgouris (Director, Institute for Comparative Literature & Society, Columbia University): "Portals of Modernity"

As a guiding research paradigm, postmodernity is certainly dead by now. Instead, talk about modernity is on the rise again. Buzz words like 'modernity at large', 'alternative modernities', and 'multiple modernities' call for us to rethink modernity and aesthetic modernism: as multi-layered, shared as well as divided and, most importantly, non-convergent. And while we still may not know what modernity really is, we have begun to acknowledge a simple fact: the entangled history of the modern world does not imply that modernity is the same everywhere, that it produces the same institutions or experiences in New York, Lagos, or Mumbai, or that aesthetic modernism designates the same thing in Shanghai, Buenos Aires, or Berlin. As a heuristic perspective, 'modernity at large' stresses socio-culturally situated 'creative adaptations' of circulating cultural, social, aesthetic, and media-forms. Can this framework move us simultaneously beyond narrow particularisms and artificial universalisms? What would it mean to apply a postcolonial lens to view German modernity? What if we consider the European cultural and national space a frame for a multilayered perception of modernity instead of a one-dimensional one? How would this affect our notions of the Western cultural canon?

Approaching ‘modernity at large' through a German lens touches upon many facets. A prominent one would be the interaction of metropolis and periphery – be that through the relationship between the Wilhelmine Empire and its African colonies or the new ‘East-West’ imaginaries motivated by the demise of the German Democratic Republic and the growing numbers of immigrants since the early 1960s. Another approach would be to address the 'systemic difference' of various forms of social organization in a state dimension. Modernity has mostly been conceived in terms of its liberal capitalist context. Given German history, it seems crucial to consider socialist and fascist concepts of modernity as well. Gender and Minority Studies have stressed that the 'inner-fracturedness' of modern societies by gender, sexuality, class and race makes the concept of a one-dimensional modernity hardly convincing. However, how do we understand these various lines of division in relation to different processes of cultural interaction (transculturality, hybridity)? How does all this correspond to alternative cultural practices and aesthetic forms? And in what ways have ‘marginalized’ subjects used modernist artistic techniques for different ends than their mainstream competitors? The conference hopes to emphasize such alternative cultural practices and aesthetic forms.


Friday, March 4

2:30pm Welcome, registration, opening remarks

3pm Panel I: Voyages of German Modernity

Isabelle Rispler (University of Texas at Arlington/Université Paris Diderot)
"Resisting 'modernity'? German Buenos Aires in a postcolonial perspective"

Antoine Acker (EUI-Florence)
"(Re)Negotiating modernity? Concepts, actors and strategies on Volkswagen's experience in the Amazon"

Mohammad Rafi (UC Irvine)
"Constructing an Authentic Modernity in Iran through Germany"

Moderator: Alexis Radisoglou

5pm Coffee Break

5:30 Panel II: Cities, Contested Spaces, and Modernization

Joseph Prestel (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin)
"Loci of shared modernity? Perceiving urban change in Berlin and Cairo (1870-1914)"

Alexander Phillips (Cornell University)
"Industrialization, Environmental Degradation, and the Rhythm of Modernity in Wilhelm Raabe's Pfisters Mühle"

Adam T. Rosenbaum (Emory University)
"Tourism and the Divided Metropolitan Culture of Augsburg, 1920-1930"

Moderator: Christoph Schaub

7:30pm Dinner

Saturday, March 5

9:30 am Breakfast

10 am Keynote address
Prof. Stathis Gourgouris (ICLS, Columbia University)
"Portals of Modernity"

11:30am Coffee Break

11:45am Panel III: Rural Spaces, Gender, and the Nation

Christine Bentley (Indiana University/University of Indianapolis)
"Hans Thoma's Landscapes & the Construction of German Identity within the Modern Nation State"

Stephanie Revell (University of British Columbia)
"Take A Hike: Female Flanerie and the Modernity of Leni Riefenstahl in Das Blaue Licht"

Moderator: Sophie Alexander

1:15pm Lunch

2:30pm Panel IV: Facets of Germany's Socialist Modernity

David L. Barry (UCLA)
"Modernity as Narrative in Cold War Era Divided Germany"

Michelle Lacoss (Georgia State University)
"Chic und Charmant: Fashion and Photography Subcultures and the East German Avantgarde. 1970-1989."

Stefanie Orphal (Freie Universität Berlin)
"Hybrid Prenzlauer Berg – Art films in the literary underground of the late GDR"

Moderator: Alexander von Thun

4:30pm Coffee Break

5pm Panel V: Race, Colonialism, and German Modernity

Ulrike Hamann (Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies)
"Coloniality as the "hidden side" of German Modernity"

Misa Dayson (UCLA)
"Applying Post-Colonial Discourses on Race, Culture and Nationality in Germany"

Alanna Lockward (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
"Decolonizing Germany: Wild at Hair. IngridMwangiRobertHutter. Masks and Skin Politics as a German Decolonial Knowledge-Production"

Moderator: Yvonne Zivkovic

7pm Closing Remarks

Dinner & Reception to follow

The conference will be held at Columbia University Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th Street.

The conference has been made possible through the generous support of the Columbia University Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Columbia University Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS), the Columbia University Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWaG), and the Columbia University Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures.

The event is free and open to the public.
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