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TitelGSA Seminar: Conversion in the Eighteenth Century: Narrative, Spirituality, Aesthetics
BeschreibungGSA Seminar:
Conversion in the Eighteenth Century:
Narrative, Spirituality, Aesthetics

Peter Erickson (University of Chicago)

Jonathan Strom (Emory University)

Christopher Wild (University of Chicago)

German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri
Sept 18th-21st, 2014

Scholars interested in participating are invited to submit a paper proposal (300 words) and a short bio by January 30th through the German Studies Association website:

Seminar size: 12-15 participants.

Description of topic:

This seminar considers the German eighteenth century's intellectual and cultural engagement with practices of conversion (Bekehrung). On the one hand, the emergence of evangelical Christianity seemed incompatible with the goals of the late German Enlightenment. Pietist conversion was frequently condemned as Schwärmerei, as irrational, and as affect-driven. On the other hand, narratives of religious conversion were profoundly influential for secular discourses concerned with self-formation (Bildung). Not only literary autobiography but the Bildungsroman were clearly marked by the influence of conversion narrative –– in a way that complicates traditional narratives of secularization.

In this seminar, we will examine some of the contradictions, paradoxes, and controversies that have surrounded conversion's persistent presence in an increasingly secular society, and we will investigate efforts –– in philosophy and aesthetics –– to transform it or to develop alternatives. We foresee dividing up the papers into three sections: (1) Pietism/Enlightenment; (2) Literature/Theater; (3) Aesthetics/Psychology. In this way, we hope to bring together contributions from scholars representing a range of disciplines and theoretical approaches.

(1) First, did Pietist conversion represent an innovation over the forms and structures of spiritual experience that had come before it? Are there a variety of genres of Pietist conversion narrative in the eighteenth century and, if so, how can we distinguish them from one another? How were the processes and various modes of conversion within and between traditions understood? How were these narratives circulated and intended to be read? Finally, how did conversion come under pressure from the Enlightenment, and were there practices of conversion that were adapted and transformed by the Enlightenment? Contributions are also welcome that place conversion in the eighteenth century within the context of canonical examples from early Christianity (Paul, Augustine) or within the context of recent theoretical contributions on the topic.

(2) Second, the influence of Pietist conversion narrative on the German tradition of literary autobiography has been widely researched and commented upon. In this session, we would especially like to consider the influence of models of conversion on other genres of literature, such as theater, poetry, and the novel. Were there models of conversion besides Pietism (e.g. ancient philosophy, Catholicism, etc.) at play in literature? How are we to understand the relationship between religious concepts of conversion and rebirth and the emerging secular discourse surrounding Bildung? Contributions are welcome that engage with literature of the long eighteenth century, up to and including the Romantics. Authors considered might include, for example, Klopstock, Schiller, Goethe, Moritz, Jung-Stilling, Tieck, and Hoffmann.

(3) Third, a number of scholars have recently been working on the influence of the concept of conversion, or the distinct but related concept of spiritual exercises, on the development of aesthetics, especially in the work on Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, Karl Philipp Moritz, Johann Georg Hamann, and the Romantics. Can one speak of practices of "aesthetic conversion" or of conversion as a model for aesthetic experience? On the other hand, one might also reflect on the influence of conversion on the development of the field of psychology and, in particular, of the psychological case study (Fallgeschichte).

Our goal, in short, will be to trace the presence of the phenomenon of conversion across multiple domains of inquiry in the eighteenth century with a view towards better understanding the interrelation of literature, religion, and aesthetics around 1800.

Description of seminar format:

The proposed seminar will involve three sessions –– one dedicated to each of the three categories discussed above (Pietism/Enlightenment; Literature/Theater; Aesthetics/Psychology). Each session will have 3-5 participants. Discussion will center on pre-circulated papers of 6-10 pages, to be submitted by the participants four weeks prior to the start of the conference. Participants will also have the opportunity, during the seminar, to give a brief (5-10 min) presentation.

In the event of further questions, please contact one of the seminar conveners listed above.

Policy on auditors:

In order to encourage interest in the topic, we welcome the attendance of auditors. Auditors who submit a statement of interest in the weeks prior to the conference will be sent a copy of the seminar reader.
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VeranstaltungsortKansas City, Missouri
PersonName: Peter Erickson 
Funktion: Convener 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Peter Erickson, University of Chicago 
Telefon: 001-773-326-5252 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Erzähltheorie; Historische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830; Literaturtheorie: Klassiker; Literaturtheorie: Themen
Klassifikation01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft; 01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.03.00 Germanistik; 01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.05.00 Germanistenverbände und –tagungen; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert > 12.08.00 Aufklärung; 13.00.00 Goethezeit; 13.00.00 Goethezeit > 13.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 14.00.00 Romantik
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