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Ergebnisanzeige "Religion in Contemporary German Culture"
RessourcentypCall for Papers
TitelReligion in Contemporary German Culture
BeschreibungReligion in Contemporary German Culture

Conference to be held at Swansea University, 9-11 July 2008

Keynote speakers:

Keith Bullivant (Florida): Jesus meets Hollywood: Patrick Roth's "Resurrection" Trilogy
Mona Koerte (TU Berlin): Das Juedische in der deutschen Gegenwartsliteratur
Monika Shafi (Delaware): The Lure of the Loser: Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Ian Buruma on Culture and Religion

Supported by the Modern Humanities Research Association

Call for Papers
In German-speaking Europe, as in most western countries, questions of religious identity and expression have been discussed with sudden urgency since the attacks of 9/11. Formerly "Turkish Germans", for instance, have found themselves defined by the religious background of their parents. At the same time religious belief generally has been in retreat for more than a century and literary works which give it concentrated attention have been the exception since the Baroque. Germany and Austria have had significant populations "mit muslimischem Hintergrund" for several decades, however, and in recent years they have produced wirters and film-makers who articulate their experience in a variety of media. The Jewish communities in both countries have also grown, especially since reunification, because of immigration from the former Soviet Union. "Jewish writing" remains a strand of contemporary literary culture. Since 1945 and the influx of Eastern expellees, Catholic and Protestant areas of Germany have not been so rigidly demarcated, though regional distinctions are of more than residual significance. The new divide may be between the old federal states, where the churches were funded through voluntary taxation, and the new, where atheism was the official creed. Since the fall of communism religion for some has come to fill a gap left by political ideology.

Contributions (in German or English) which discuss literary, cinematic or other forms of contemporary culture are invited on the following themes:

conflicting identities
controversies, scandals, censorship
non-religious forms of spirituality
the sublime
anti-/philo-semitism, Islamophobia/philia
intolerance or bigotry

Titles and abstracts of up to 200 words should be sent to Professor Julian Preece ( or Professor Frank Finlay ( by 15 January 2008.

Other confirmed speakers:
Tom Cheesman (Swansea): Religion and Religiosity in Zaimoglu
Axel Goodbody (Bath): Ecology and Religion
Stefan Neuhaus (Innsbruck): "In dieser Gegend gibt es keinen Gott": Religion in der "postmodernen" Literatur am Beispiel von Helmut Kraussers "Melodien" (1993) und Hape Kerkelings "Ich bin da mal weg" (2007)
Dieter Stolz (Berlin): Der liebe Gott, Jesus und ich. Die Frankfurter Poetikvorlesungen von Andreas Maier (im Kontext seiner literarischen Werke)

A selection of the papers will be published in volume two of the Leeds-Swansea Series in Contemporary German Literature. Volume one, which collated papers from the Leeds conferences in 2004 and 2006, *New German Literature: Life-Writing and Dialogue with the Arts*, edited by Julian Preece, Frank Finlay, and Ruth J. Owen, was published last month with Lang. The Leeds-Swansea Series succeeds the Bradford Series which ran from 1988 to 2002 under the stewardship of Arthur Williams and Stuart Parkes.


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PersonName: Julian Preece; Frank Finlay 
Funktion: Kontakt 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Klassifikation18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte
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