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Ergebnisanzeige "Visions of Tomorrow: Science and Utopia in German Culture"
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TitelVisions of Tomorrow: Science and Utopia in German Culture
BeschreibungCFP: Visions of Tomorrow: Science and Utopia in German Culture

Helsinki, 29.07.2008-02.08.2008

Workshop to be held at the 11th International Conference of ISSEI, the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, from 28 July – 2 August 2008 at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Conference theme: Language and the Scientific Imagination.

This workshop aims to explore intersections between cultural and scientific discourses in German-speaking Europe from the 18th century to the present. It will examine ways in which texts from the whole spectrum of cultural production (e.g. literature, film, music, architecture, photography) articulate the tensions between the perceived credibility and reliability of science and the subjective intervention of the artist. The workshop will investigate how cultural discourses over the last three centuries have mediated and commented on scientific ideas and advances, and whether and how cultural representations of these ideas impacted scientific discourses themselves. Within this thematic framework, we are especially interested in ways in which artists use(d) the scientific discourse of their time to imagine the future and to formulate utopian or dystopian visions of society. We invite papers which explore texts reflecting interconnections between scientific and cultural discourses and their utopian/ dystopian visions. Possible aspects to examine include (but are not restricted to) utopian thinking on

- society’s changing social structure
- racial, ethnic, and gender differences
- generational relationships
- urban spaces
- natural environment
- education and knowledge

While the workshop will focus primarily on the cultural discourse of German-speaking Europe, papers exploring cross-cultural influences on utopian thought are also very welcome.

Please email proposals of max 500 words to Gabriele Mueller or Diana Spokiene, or send them by letter to the address below. Please submit proposals by 14 December 2007. More detailed information about the conference is available at

Gabriele Mueller
Department of Lang., Lit. and Ling.
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3
Tel: 416.736.2100, x20078
Fax: 416.736.5483

Diana Spokiene
Department of Lang., Lit. and Ling
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
M3J 1P3
Tel: 416.736.2100, x88745
Fax: 416.736.5483

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PersonName: Mueller, Gabriele 
Funktion: Ansprechpartnerin 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: York University, Department of Lang., Lit. and Ling. 
Strasse/Postfach: 4700 Keele Street 
Postleitzahl: M3J 1P3 
Stadt: Toronto, ON 
Telefon: +1 416 736 2100 
Fax: +1 416 736 5483 
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