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TitelDeadline extended: Biannual German Graduate Student Conference: Literature and Cosmology
Beschreibung*** UPDATE: Proposal deadline extended until December 15, 2012 ***

Call for Papers
Biannual German Graduate Student Conference at the Johns Hopkins University
The Department of German & Romance Languages and Literatures

L I T E R A T U R E & C O S M O L O G Y

February 15–16, 2013

Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Justus Fetscher

Universität Mannheim

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 may 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 their relation to literary form and genre.
* Philosophies of cosmology and cosmogony.
* 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 science.
* Theology, cosmology and the problem of metaphysics after Kant.

Please send abstracts (between 300 and 500 words) by December 15, 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
PersonName: Bryan Klausmeyer 
Funktion: Organizer 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Johns Hopkins University 
Strasse/Postfach: 3400 N. Charles St. 
Postleitzahl: 21218 
Stadt: Baltimore 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Erzähltheorie; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literarische Wertung/Literaturkritik; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literatur 1830 - 1880; Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literaturtheorie: Klassiker; Literaturtheorie: Themen; Rhetorik
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