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TitelImages of Culture…A Culture of Images: German Visual Culture in Literature, Film, Art and Beyond
BeschreibungThe German Graduate Student Governance Association of the University of Cincinnati and the editors of the graduate student journal Focus on German Studies present the Twelfth Annual Focus Graduate Student Conference held on October 26-27, 2007 at the University of Cincinnati.

Images of Culture…A Culture of Images: German Visual Culture in Literature, Film, Art and Beyond

How do cultures come to create images of themselves? Which forces, artistic needs and directions drive a culture to grapple with the graphic representation of itself? How is one to interpret cross- and multi-medial representations which attempt to capture visual impressions in text? To what extent, and by what means, do these representations and reflections re-shape the very culture which created them?

Literature has always attempted to recreate realistic places, unforgettable faces and spatial experiences of the world for the reader with nothing but the print on the page to do so. Therefore, authors have continually crafted new and challenging aesthetic methods to render a highly visual three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional page marked by a rather different – albeit thoroughly visual – experience: reading.

While German-speaking cultures have been creating images for a millennium or more, the past century and a half has created a number of particularly fascinating visual possibilities. The late 19th century saw the dawn of a series of technological advances in the form of photography and film which have marked German culture ever since. The importance of German painting and images had been by no means insignificant before, but the flood of images created as a response to the medial advances of photography and film have only proliferated further till the present. Furthermore, with the introduction of the internet and advances in computer-driven digital images, these forms of visual representation and manipulation have become an undeniably important object of cultural analysis.

The term “visual culture” is meant in the widest sense possible, and the conference will be primarily interested in creating and encouraging a wide-ranging and inter-disciplinary discussion about how and why images are created within a culture, and how they come to bear upon that culture in turn.

We invite students from all disciplines to submit paper proposals responding to these or similar questions related to German visual culture in a modern or pre-modern context. Potential presentation topics include, but are not limited to:

- Images which have served as a reflection of German identity and/or as a projected space for play and innovation
- Ekphrasis in literature
- The relationship between text and image
- Images of the body in art and literature
- Authors and their drawings (Kafka, Grass)
- Photography and text (Sebald, Maron, et al.)
- Images in Romantic literature (Idyllic and “Nachtseitige” images)
- Multi-medial and digital texts
- Intersections of literature with architecture and design
- Descriptions of the city in Großstadtliteratur
- Film adaptations of literature
- Films of the Weimar Period
- Heimatfilme and Images of an Idyllic Germany and / or Austria
- New German Cinema
- Cultural images during National Socialism
- Images in theoretical and philosophical texts (Nietzsche’s focus on surface, Freud’s drawings and diagrams, etc.)
- Images of Germany’s land- and cityscapes over the course of the twentieth century: Pre-, inter-, and post-war, Cold War division, and (Re)unification.
- Art history in the German, Austrian or Swiss context
- Performing arts

Revised conference papers can also be submitted for publication in our Focus on German Studies journal.
Information on the keynote speaker will be announced soon. Please send an abstract of 250-300 words in either English or German as a MS Word attachment by August 31, 2007 to Todd Heidt and Alexandra Hagen at (ATTN: Focus on GS Conference). On a separate cover sheet please list the proposed paper title, author’s name, university affiliation and email address. Conference participants have the option of housing with UC graduate students.

University of Cincinnati, German Studies Department
733 Old Chemistry Building
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0372
Phone: 513-556-2752, Fax: 513-556-1991

Todd Heidt, Editor-in-chief
Alexandra Hagen, Book Review Editor
Focus on German Studies
University Of Cincinnati ML 0372
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0372 USA
Phone (513) 556-2752
Fax (513) 556-1991

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Heidt, Todd 
Funktion: Ansprechpartner 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: University of Cincinnati, German Studies Department 
Strasse/Postfach: 733 Old Chemistry Building 
Postleitzahl: OH 45221-0372 
Stadt: Cincinnati 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Medien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.)
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.15.00 Literatur und Medien; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte
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