Wer-Was-Wo - Detailanzeige

Ergebnisanzeige ""Work/Ethics" - Graduate Student Conference, Department of German"
RessourcentypCall for Papers
Titel"Work/Ethics" - Graduate Student Conference, Department of German
BeschreibungGraduate Student Conference: Work/Ethics
December 6-7, 2013

The Department of German at New York University invites proposals to its Graduate Student
Conference “Work/Ethics” with keynote speaker Professor Martin Jörg Schäfer (University of Erfurt) and in conversation with Professor Avital Ronell (New York University) .

About the Conference Theme:

The concept of “work” is indisputably a cornerstone of modern society. Its nexus to “ethics” is assumed and anticipated, yet both terms are vague and their actual linkage is hard to grasp. An exemplary formulation of the aporia of the modern conception of work is situated at the heart of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. In this work, Hegel discusses his “Herr-Knecht-Dialektik” whereby, by means of his physical labor, the bondsman “throws off the apparently external ‘Lord’ only to find himself in an ethical world, subjected to various norms and ideals.” (Judith Butler)
Following this reading, liberation from the lord’s power only becomes possible for the bondsman once he recognizes his formative capacity. However, in the move from servitude to the development of an ‘unhappy consciousness’ work ethic takes the place of external domination and becomes “self-terrorizing.” The bondsman’s recognition of his freedom coincides with the emergence of an ethical world in which he is under the sway of his own demands.
The modern understanding of work—in its adherence to the biblical dichotomy of ‘bad’ labor and toil (molestia) versus ‘good’ fabrication of works (opera)—thus vacillates between the potential for creativity as well as the potential for subjection.

These dynamics mark the starting point for our exploration of the implications of the slash between “work” and “ethics” in a social, political, artistic, and academic context. The following questions suggest further themes for discussion, but by no means limit possible deliberations. We solicit papers from all fields in the humanities.

• If work is a form of (self-)oppression, what are alternative practices? What does it mean to be “out of work” and/or “on strike?” What is the creative, emancipatory potential of work and how are we to understand its opposites: leisure, inertia, and laziness?

• What representations of these practices do we find in literary works? And does literature work?

• How do literature and other art forms respond to the ubiquitous job assignments, whether real or imaginary, in (post-)industrial societies?

• How does academic life meet the notion of “work,” if at all, and in which ways do academics nowadays fulfill their obligation to reflect on societies’ dilemmas, questions, atrocities, which demand philosophical answers?

• Which answers can be given to Werner Hamacher’s demand for clarification of the term “work” in National Socialism and the meaning of National Socialism as an institution of work itself?

• Does the process of “working through,” in a personal as well as in a historical context, have ethical implications? Does Theodor Adorno’s argument hold that any kind of working through the past (“Verarbeitung, Durcharbeitung, Aufarbeitung”) is always at least partly constituted by a defense function?

• Does the notion of overcoming the Hegelian dilemma via the utopian reconciliation of the human with his/her environment through work, as we read, for example, in the writings of the young Karl Marx (Ökonomisch-philosophische Manuskripte) or in the conservative worker-utopia of Ernst Jünger continue to shape our contemporary political landscape? If so, does this hope still hold currency, and what problems does it pose within the context of our discussion?

Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by August 15, 2013, to:
Deadline for full papers is November 1, 2013.
Submissions as a Word e-mail attachment are preferred. Submissions are accepted in English and German.

Conference Organizers: Jerome Bolton, Jonathan Kassner, Susanne Fuchs

Department of German
19 University Place
New York University
NY NY 10003
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortNew York
PersonName: Kassner, Jonathan [M.A.] 
Funktion: Ansprechpartner 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Department of German, New York University 
Strasse/Postfach: 19 University Place 
Postleitzahl: 10003 
Stadt: New York, NY 
Telefon: 212.998.8650 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
Ediert von  H-Germanistik
Ein Angebot vonGermanistik im Netz
URL dieses Wer-Was-Wo-Datensatzes

© Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Germanistik | Letzte Änderung 04.07.2013 | Impressum | Intern