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RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelLaw and Literature. Possibilities and Boundaries of Inter- and Transdisciplinarity
BeschreibungGrazer Forschungskolloquien zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft
Graz Research Colloquiums on General and Comparative Literature

Centre for Cultural Studies
Department of Legal Philosophy, Sociology of Law, and Legal Informatics
Department of Romance Languages

Law and Literature. Possibilities and Boundaries of Inter- and Transdisciplinarity

International Symposium
University of Graz, Wall Zentrum, Merangasse 70; Mehrzwecksaal (Ground Floor)
November 29 & 30, 2013

Literary studies as an intrinsically interdisciplinary field of study have been a referential science for other disciplines for quite some time. A number of aesthetic but also non-aesthetic disciplines have “used” or rather referred to literature and literary theory in order to open up new perspectives on their own disciplines and theoretical and methodological approaches. At the same time, literary studies have been increasingly interested in determining their own position and potential within the wider scientific community. This is the precondition for the appearance of an unprecedented number of interdisciplinary approaches over the last decades visible in several fields of research that essentially consist of two disciplines connected with the conjunction “and”: literature and medicine, literature and science, literature and history, literature and economics and law and literature. The intersection of law and literature, as well as legal and literary studies, is on this account a particularly dynamic field of research on many levels. The focus of this symposium are thus theoretical reflections aimed at investigating the possibilities of inter- and transdisciplinary transfer of discipline-specific concepts and methods.

The planned symposium focuses on the following theoretical considerations and conceptual historical questions:

Of interest is a critical reflection and meta-theoretical discussion of the theoretical and practical possibilities offered by inter- and transdisciplinarity in general. Alongside an analysis of the historically conditioned differentiation of modern scientific disciplines and aesthetic systems, the question is of interest as to the mode of the now current overlapping of legal and literary systems: what accounts for this connective “and”; and what are its features? In this context, there must be applied a concept of literary studies—compliant with interdisciplinary research—as a “science intermédiaire” (in Foucault’s sense), a notion that does justice to the “intermediary” moment of literary studies and with it an interdisciplinarity in the sense of reciprocal exchange, which challenges literary studies and its respective disciplinary counterpart in equal measure.
This promotion of interdisciplinary, theoretical claims can be supported by a sensitivity to conceptual history in the sense of historical semantics and discourse history. The concerns here are: an analysis of semantic fields and discourses, interdisciplinary connections, transdisciplinary shifts, and the limits and possibilities of translation; questions of changing validity, applicability, and form; and problems of mediality and medial connections.

Alongside these questions of methodological and conceptual transfer, it is of interest that both literary and legal studies are based on the study of texts. Literariness, self-reference, fiction, narration, and performance are some of the concepts to be more closely considered. In this line of inquiry, interest lies in the analysis and comparison of forms of argumentation and methods of justification in non-literary and literary texts, as well as the analysis of the use and effect of metaphors in the different fields of knowledge.

Finally, a general point of analysis is shaped by the fundamental question of the praxis and narrative determination of the respective text-forms. Here, beyond textual and conceptual questions, differences can be determined, which are contingent upon the different reception and narrative functions of literary and juridical texts. In the process, associated social, cultural, and political practices can be both identified and described.


FRIDAY, 29th of Nov.

Welcome by the Organizers and the City of Graz:
SUSANNE KNALLER/DORIS PICHLER (Forschungsbereich AVL, Centre for Cultural Studies, Department of Romance Philology),
CHRISTIAN HIEBAUM (Department of Legal Philosophy, Sociology of Law, and Legal Informatics
SIEGFRIED NAGL (Mayor of the City of Graz)

Conference Opening:
MARTIN POLASCHEK (Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching University of Graz)
DORIS PICHLER (University of Graz)
Law and Literature: A Successful Interdisciplinary Encounter?

10:00-10:15: Coffee Break

I) Interdisciplinary Encounters I
Chair: Susanne Knaller

GRETA OLSON (University of Gießen)
Futures of Law and Literature - A Culturalist Perspective

JEANNE GAAKEER (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Futures of Law and Literature – A Jurist's Perspective

11:55-12:10: Coffee Break

II ) Law as Literature / Literature as Law
Chair: Doris Pichler

PETER STRASSER (University of Graz)
”The Good, the Bad and the Ugly“. Krimi und Western als Schule des Rechtsempfindens

13:00-14:30 Lunch

ELKE LACKNER (University of Graz)
Performanz und Fiktionalisierung von Recht. Die Hinrichtung als rechtliches, kulturelles und literarisches Ereignis

PETER SCHNECK (University of Osnabrück)
Paradoxical Properties and Perverse Relations: Law and Literature between the Disciplines

16:10 – 16:30 Coffee Break

III) Interdisciplinary Encounters II
Chair: Andrea Ploder

DANIELA CARPI (University of Verona)
Law ands...

SATURDAY, 30th of Nov.

IV) Between Law and Literature
Chair: Anita Prettenthaler-Ziegerhofer

CHRISTIAN HIEBAUM (University of Graz)
Literatur, die verpflichtet. Zur Theorie des Rechtstextes und der juristischen Interpretation

GÜNTHER HÖFLER (University of Graz)
Poetische Gerechtigkeit als Erwartungshorizont

10:40-11:00 Coffee Break

V) Interdisciplinary Transfer

Literary concepts
Chair: Evelyn Höbenreich

Fictions of Lawyering

CHRISTINE KÜNZEL (University of Hamburg)
Imaginierte Fakten. Zur Bedeutung von Fiktion(en) in der richterlichen Urteilsbildung

12:40-14:00 Lunch

PETER DEUTSCHMANN (Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg)
Metaphor and Allegory in Historical Drama and International Law

Legal concepts
Chair: Christian Hiebaum

ANNE-KATHRIN REULECKE (University of Graz)
Vom Sinn zur Spur. Autographen-Fälschungen auf der Grenze zwischen Philologie und Kriminalistik

15:40-16:00 Coffee Break

THOMAS WEITIN (University of Konstanz)
Free Ground. Human dignity after Goethe's “Faust"

JOACHIM HARST (University of Bonn)
Hórkos: Eid, Ehe und Verbindlichkeit in der “Odyssee“

Kontakt und weitere Information:
University of Graz
Centre for Cultural Studies/Department of Romance Philology
T +43 (0)316/380-8089

Prof. Dr. Susanne Knaller/Dr. Doris Pichler

Department of Legal Philosophy, Sociology of Law, and Legal Informatics

Prof. Dr. Christian Hiebaum


Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Knaller, Susanne [Prof. Dr.]  
Funktion: Konzept und Organisation der Tagung 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Zentrum für Kulturwissenschaften/Institut für Romanistik Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz 
Strasse/Postfach: Attemsgasse 25 
Postleitzahl: 8010 
Stadt: Graz 
Telefon: 00433163808089 
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturtheorie: Themen
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.06.00 Literaturtheorie
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