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RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelThe World Elsewhere

"For you the city, thus I turn my back: There is a world elsewhere." – from Coriolanus, Shakespeare

Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference
University of California, Berkeley
March 16-18, 2012

Keynote speakers:
Professor James A. Schultz, Chair, Department of Germanic Languages, UCLA
Professor David Shneer, Department of History, University of Colorado

The power of literature is to imagine worlds. From Wolfram von Eschenbach's Kingdom of Zazamanc to fantastic imaginings of faraway lands in Medieval and Early Modern Cosmographia and from Calvinist cities upon hills to Kafka’s penal colony, its renderings and attempted realizations have fueled the imagination, sparked debate, and far too often led to disaster. The world elsewhere may, following Thomas More, be called Utopia, but this is both a 'good place' and 'no place,' making such constructions inherently fraught with challenges from pragmatism and problematic in their definitions of what 'good' is. These worlds are often fantastic, but can also be terrifying; are often familiar, but upon closer inspection utterly alien. They are 'imaginative spaces' in which we work through the hopes, fears, desires, and possibilities that human experience engenders. They provide the means through which we imagine ourselves as part of a world, a universal community. The Internet and digital media grant us new power to simulate our imagined worlds. But how have the nature and use of these imagined worlds changed in our increasingly interconnected and globalized age?

For the conference, we encourage an interdisciplinary approach, seeking papers from scholars of modern and medieval literature, film and philosophy, history and art history, linguistics and sociology, and related disciplines. We especially encourage submissions on Yiddish literature.

The conference will be held in Dwinelle Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, March 16-18, 2012. Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by December 31, 2011, to:

Possible topics include, but are in no way limited to:

Travelogues (e.g. Felix Fabri, Mendele Mocher Seforim’s The Travels of Benjamin the Third)
The past as imagined world
World literature and the making of worlds
Models of an ideal society (religious, philosophical, artistic, political)
Social media and connectivity
The reconstruction of language families (e.g. Proto-Indo European, Proto-Germanic)
Dystopian mirrors of modernity
Feminist utopian literature
Nostalgia for place (e.g. the shtetl, Heimat)
The imagined worlds of moving pictures
Utopian socialism and artistic communes (e.g. East Germany, Worpswede)
Colonial and post-colonial fantasies
Encounters with the ‘New World’ (e.g. Karl May, Alexander von Humboldt)
Frankfurt School utopias
The circulation of stories
New forms of authorship, publication and readership
Alternate histories

Conference organizers: Jenna Ingalls, Tara Hottman, Kenneth Fockele

Department of German
5319 Dwinelle Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3243
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Kenneth Fockele 
Funktion: Veranstalter 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Department of German, University of California, Berkeley 
Strasse/Postfach: 5319 Dwinelle Hall  
Postleitzahl: 94720-3243 
Stadt: Berkeley, CA 
Telefon: 510-643-2004 
Fax: 510-642-3243 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur 700 - 1150; Literatur 1150 - 1300; Literatur 1300 - 1500; Literatur 1500 - 1580; Literatur 1580 - 1700; Literatur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur 1830 - 1880; Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literatursoziologie; Literaturtheorie: Themen
Zusätzliches Suchwortimagined worlds; world; simulated worlds; simulation; the other; orientalism; world literature; weltliteratur; imaginierte welten
Klassifikation01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.05.00 Germanistenverbände und –tagungen; 01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.07.00 Germanistik im Ausland; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.06.00 Literaturtheorie; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.14.00 Literatursoziologie; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.04.00 Weltliteratur
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