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TitelGSA-Panel: Observing Privacy: Implications of Surveillance
BeschreibungObserving Privacy: Implications of Surveillance

German Studies Association (GSA), 38th Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, USA September 18-21, 2014

The Snowden revelations of 2013 have jolted the social understanding of security and governmental power in significant ways that extend from internet privacy to the GSA itself. Yet the relatively tame response on both sides of the Atlantic bespeaks a larger development in the culture of spectatorship and self-observation, the implications of which call for further study. In other words, the news that the state has been conducting intrusive mass surveillance practices broke in a culture that was rife with self-presentation and the expectation of being observed. In hindsight, social media tycoon Mark Zuckerberg’s claim that “privacy is no longer a social norm” was in fact not only a provocation, but an inadvertent diagnosis.

The dynamics of surveillance are clearly connected to the topic of observation: just as the act of observing fundamentally alters the activity and constitution of the observed, so too does surveillance foster compliance and behavior that will not arouse suspicion. What then are the implications of what Juli Zeh has called “die Umkehrung des Prinzips der Unschuldsvermutung hin zu einem millionenfachen Generalverdacht”? Moving beyond the exclusively political and historical analyses of the sweeping espionage practices of the 21st century state, this panel seeks to draw on the resources of literary theory and German studies to consider in detail the dynamics and repercussions of surveilled observation, surveillance, and security-mania (Sicherheitswahn). More particularly, Foucault’s studies on traditions of internalized observation, Lacan’s analysis of the mirror-stage, Arendt’s examination of totalitarian regimes, Luhmann’s claim that observation is constitutive of any system, as well as recent work on observation and objectivity by Lorraine Daston, Peter Galison, and Jonathan Crary come to mind as important theoretical tools for deepening the analysis of contemporary surveillance practices. Writers such as Walser, Zamyatin, Kafka, Orwell, Weiss, Zeh, and Trojanow, among others, have much to offer in this regard as well, and it is the aim of this panel to produce collectively a critical response by drawing on this trove of material that forms our field.

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words to Josh Alvizu ( and Marc Petersdorff ( by February 10, 2014.

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VeranstaltungsortKansas City
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Yale University 
Strasse/Postfach: Depart of German, Yale Univ., WLH Hall, 3rd fl, 208210 New Haven, CT  
Postleitzahl: 06520-8210 
Stadt: New Haven 
Telefon: 1- 203 - 4320788 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteraturwissenschaft; Historische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.07.00 Ästhetik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.12.00 Interpretation. Hermeneutik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.13.00 Literaturkritik. Wertung; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.14.00 Literatursoziologie; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.15.00 Literatur und Medien; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.04.00 Weltliteratur
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