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|Titel||Archimedean Points / Positions of Self and Limits of Theory in Modernity (ACLA panel)|
|Beschreibung||CFP: Archimedean Points / Positions of Self and Limits of Theory in Modernity
American Comparative Literature Association
Toronto, April 4th - 7th, 2013
Archimedes said - so the legend goes - that a firm resting place was
all he needed to dislodge the world from its axes. As much as this
assertion is based upon mechanical law, it also questions the
conditions of such an ideal position or theoretical perspective in the
first place. Over time, the Archimedean point has come to stand for
the seemingly paradoxical situation of acting both within and
extraneously to a given context. Copernicus' "displacement" of the
earth in favor of a heliocentric system is just one well-known
example. After the Renaissance, literary, philosophical, political and
scientific thinking has conjured the Archimedean point both naively
and with skepticism, but always at those moments when a subject seems
poised to claim an ideal theoretical standpoint. Under what conditions
do we see such thinkers as Descartes, the German and British
Romantics, and, in the twentieth century, Arendt, Blumenberg, Luhmann,
and Latour, summoning the figure of Archimedes and the topos of the
Archimedean point? To what degree does this point have a cultural and
political history? Or, more generally, under what conditions do we see
theories, figures and observations of "the whole" called into question?
This panel invites a wide range of submissions. Papers which take up
the problem of the Archimedean point or the figure of Archimedes
directly are welcome, as are those which deal with any related issue
(such as themes of observation, system-building, self-implication,
figures of the whole, and the limits of theoretical and practical
"advantage," to name just a few).
Seminar organizer: Jocelyn Holland (German and Comparative Literature,
UC Santa Barbara)
ACLA seminars are organized in workshop formats where groups of
approximately six to twelve people convene each day. Participants
should plan to attend each seminar meeting.
You can submit a paper proposal directly to the ACLA website (paper
proposals may be submitted via the website
The deadline for paper submissions to the ACLA website has been
extended through November 15th.
Feel free to write to firstname.lastname@example.org with any particular questions.
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