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Ergebnisanzeige "GSA-Panel: Ästhetischer Eigensinn / Aesthetic Obstinacy"
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TitelGSA-Panel: Ästhetischer Eigensinn / Aesthetic Obstinacy
BeschreibungIn response to the success of 2013’s pilot program, the 38th conference of the German Studies Asso-ciation in Kansas City (September 18-21, 2014) will again host a series of SEMINARS in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables. Seminars are meant to meet for all three days of the conference during the first mor¬ning slot to explore new avenues of academic exchange and foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual debate, and intensified networking.


Co-conveners / OrganisatorInnen:
Claudia Benthien (Universität Hamburg)
Richard Langston (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Eigensinn, der eigene Sinn. The very meaning of the word itself is “eigensinnig.” Is it best rendered in English as obstinacy? What of other possibilities like stubbornness, autonomy, willful meaning, or self-will? On the occasion of Zone Book’s forthcoming English-language translation of Oskar Negt and Alexander Kluge’s magnum opus, Geschichte und Eigensinn (1981), this seminar seeks to mine the meaning and manifestation as well as the utility and breadth of the concept of “Eigensinn” as it applies not to material human bodies—as is the case with Negt and Kluge—but rather to contemporary literary texts. Transplanting “Eigensinn” from the realm of embodiment brings with it a bevy of pressing questions: What does it mean for a text—in terms of its literariness or poeticity—to be “eigensinnig”?
Whereas “Eigensinn” shall operate as the seminar’s lodestar, participants will focus their atten¬tion concretely on a second related concept, namely obstinate “literariness” (or “poeticity”). To this end, we shall consider how Russian formalists, who once sought to distinguish literary from non-literary texts through forms of language that create an aesthetic surplus of meaning, can influence a contemporary theory of “Eigensinn.” One formalist concept that may operate as corollary to “Eigensinn” is that of “deviation.” Linguistic deviations in literature are often accompanied by an increased selfreferentiality—an attention to the act of uttering as well as to the material substance of the representation. Roman Jacobsen also uses the term of a “perceivability of signs,” while Jan Mukařovský claims that the “function of poetic language consists in the maximum of foregrounding of the utterance”; this “foregrounding,” he adds, is “the opposite of automatization, that is, the de-automati¬za¬tion of an act.”
The historical frame for the discussions slated for the seminar will focus on literature as well as the “written” word in the media arts since 1960. The rationale for this focus is threefold. Firstly, the seminar will focus on the historical conditions for “Eigensinn” and its literariness with respect to literature reflexively situated within the larger field of new media contemporary art practices. Se-condly, if “Eigensinn,” as Negt and Kluge conceived it, is another name for the microphysics of re-sistance, then how, we wish to ask, do deviations within literary texts vis-à-vis the larger ecology of media since 1960 function as resistance and, if so, against what? How, in other words, is “Eigensinn” a form of textual politics? Thirdly, we wish to establish the concept of “Eigensinn” apart from other homologous concepts like the punctum (Roland Barthes), the traumatic gap (Cathy Caruth), affective intensities (Brian Massumi), or the parallax (Slavoj Zizek). How does Eigensinn address what these concepts have overlooked, misconstrued, or maligned?
This seminar shall be an open-ended reading group framed by the topic of aesthetic obsti-nacy and its literariness, but designed such that contributors can bring to the table their own illustrations and inflections of the concept. As such, the seminar seeks to convene a group of scholars mutually invested in building parameters for an aesthetic theory and a reading practice of obstinacy useful for critical analysis.

If you wish to participate in this seminar with a paper (either in German or in English), please visit the GSA website and enroll electronically under “membership services > conference proposals”. Applications for enrollment are due by January 30, 2014. The German Studies Association:

Claudia Benthien

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VeranstaltungsortKansas City
Funktion: Organistatorin des GSA-Seminars 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Universität Hamburg, Institut für Germanistik 
Strasse/Postfach: Von-Melle-Park 6 
Postleitzahl: 20146  
Stadt: Hamburg 
Telefon: 040-42838-2738 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturtheorie: Themen
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.07.00 Ästhetik
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