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TitelNegotiating an Aesthetics of Terrorism (GSA-Panel)
BeschreibungCall For Papers: GSA, Milwaukee, WI, 4-7 October, 2012
Negotiating an Aesthetics of Terrorism

According to Walter Laqueur, our current generation belongs to a so-called
Age of Terrorism that has its roots and etymological background in
eighteenth-century descriptions of the French Revolution. From its roots in
France to the attacks in the United States, the global framework of
terrorism has had an enduring impact on Germany. After 9/11, the "Age of
Terrorism" has generated a number of new literary, cinematic, medial and
otherwise aesthetic responses to conceptualizing and working through
terrorism and its impact in Germany. This panel seeks to examine aesthetic
responses to terrorism (historical events), fictional depictions of
terrorism, and aesthetic writing on terror/terrorism from the Enlightenment
to the present. We also seek to generate and discuss various modes for
discussing not only terrorism but also violence and war and how they have
been transcribed into German cultural memory.

Questions include: Under what circumstances is an aesthetics of terrorism
possible? How has the meaning of terrorism and the responses to terrorism
changed over time (from the Enlightenment to the present, from the Red Army
Faction to 9/11, from 2001 to the present, etc.)?Does a unique German
perspective emerge in these responses? How do aesthetic responses mediate
the traumatic experience of witnessing a terrorist event? What form can
such cultural products take, negotiating as it must between the event
itself and the dictates of genre and tradition? How do these
representations draw on an existing iconography of war, violence and
catastrophe or create their own?

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- The terrorist in literature, film, and the mass-media
- The German response to 9/11 in literature, film, music, etc.
- How to articulate discursive frameworks for terrorism, violence, and war
- Transnational terrorism and its impact on Germany
- The relationship between terrorism and state violence
- Legal and ethical responses to terrorism
- Philosophical approaches from Kant to Habermas, Derrida, Baudrillard,
Žižek, etc.
- German literary responses to terrorism from Schiller and Kleist to
Grünbein and Lehr
- Political critique in literature and film
- Feminist responses to terrorism and its representation
- The history of the German-American discourse in reference to terrorism
- Iconography of photographs
- Media-specific ways of reproducing shock in the urban experience

Please send electronic abstracts of approximately 150-200 words, with a
short bio to Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez, Williams College ( and Alexandra Hagen, Grinnell College ( by February 10, 2012.

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