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RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelLiterature and Cosmology
BeschreibungLiterature and Cosmology
Biannual German Graduate Student Conference
Call for Papers

FEBRUARY 15-16, 2013

In a well-known passage from Goethe’s Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre, Wilhelm–overwhelmed by the colossal vision of the night sky–remarks to an accompanying astronomer, “Was bin ich denn gegen das All? Wie kann ich ihm gegenüber, wie kann ich in seiner Mitte stehen?”

For Goethe, as for other poets and philosophers at the time, the notion of a “Copernican turn”–of a fundamental decentering of man’s relationship to the universe–became a dominant trope in their inquiries into literary form and metaphysics. With the invention of the telescope at the beginning of the seventeenth century, especially the Keplerian telescope in 1611, man was now able to look up to the stars and perceive them as objects in his immediate vicinity, evoking a range of discourses in scientific, philosophical, theological, and literary fields. Through an exploration of modern astronomical insights, writers such as Kant, Schiller, G. Chr. Lichtenberg, Alexander von Humboldt and Novalis, among others, investigated the subject’s relation to the universe and the divine, new techniques of empirical observation, experimentation and the role of the scientist, as well as ways in which literature and science work to establish horizons of meaning and conceptions of subjectivity, and in this way cosmology became inseparable from discourses on modernity.

The graduate students of the German program at the Johns Hopkins University invite papers which are concerned with the intersection between modern German literature, philosophy and cosmology. We encourage submissions that explore the use of cosmological concepts and metaphors not strictly limited to the field of astronomy, but across a variety of disciplines and domains from the eighteenth century to the present. Of particular relevance to our conference are questions related to how literature, natural science, and theology conceive of mankind’s place in the cosmos, how cosmological ideas structure the rules of formation and systems of ordering and classification of human knowledge at specific historical moments, and to what extent methods of aesthetic representation and hermeneutic analysis are implicated in these epistemic paradigms.

Other paper topics include but are not limited to the following:

- Convergences between the sciences and cosmological tropes and concepts in German literature and philosophy
- Notions of space, world and worldhood and theis relation to literary form and genre
- Philosophies of cosmology and cosmogeny
- Representations of perception and the sublime; technologies of sight and observation
- Theories of constellations and constellation as a poetological concept
- Romantic science and the "two cultures" of literature and natural-scientific epistemology
- Theology and cosmology and the problem of metaphysics after Kant

Please send abstracts (between 300 and 500 words) by December 1, 2012 to Bryan Klausmeyer and Christina Hinz at Abstracts must include a cover letter with the author's name, paper title, university affiliation, and email address, and be formatted in either *.doc, *.docx, or *.pdf files.

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortBaltimore, MD
PersonName: Christina Hinz 
Funktion: Graduate Student 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Johns Hopkins University 
Strasse/Postfach: 3400 N Charles St 
Postleitzahl: 21218 
Stadt: Baltimore, MD 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeStilistik / Rhetorik (inkl. Argumentationstheorie, Stilbegriff, Persuasionstheorie, politische Sprache, Werbesprache); Literaturwissenschaft; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur 1580 - 1700; Literatur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur 1830 - 1880; Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literaturpsychologie; Literatursoziologie; Literaturtheorie: Themen; Medien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.); Medien- u. Kommunikationstheorie; Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte; Rhetorik
Zusätzliches SuchwortKosmologie; Kosmogonie; Astronomie; Naturwissenschaften; Physik; Theologie
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