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TitelGSA Panel 2014: Digital Humanities and German Studies




SEPTEMBER 18-21, 2014

Matthew Handelman (Michigan State University) & David Kim (Michigan State

The field of Digital Humanities has recently begun to play a leading role
in shaping the future of humanistic disciplines in higher education. German
Studies is not exempt from this exciting and not uncontentious
transformation. UCLA's HyperCities Project enables scholars and students of
German to map multiple historical layers of Berlin, along with other global
cities. Several German universities have also set up institutes that are
dedicated to digital methods for addressing questions in the humanities.
Yet, inasmuch as distant reading (Franco Moretti), geospatial mapping (Todd
Presner), and topic modeling (Matthew Jockers) revitalize the humanities,
they also rub up against some of the longstanding methodological and
practical insights into German Studies and Germanistik. Examples include
philology (in the German and German-Jewish traditions), universal poetry
and symphilosophy (Novalis, Schlegel), hermeneutics (Schleiermacher,
Gadamer), and critical theory (Benjamin, Adorno, Marcuse). Thus the
question is: how do German Studies and Digital Humanities inform each other
in critical and reflective ways?

We propose panels that respond to this urgent, open-ended question by
elaborating on the thesis that longstanding humanistic concepts are
critical for grasping the promises and perils of a digital turn in the arts
and humanities. Drawing upon collaborative digital projects and rigorously
theoretical reflections, the prospective panel participants should
highlight how their disciplinary knowledge in German Studies translates
into cutting-edge research projects in Digital Humanities, and why their
multidisciplinary collaboration poses new exciting possibilities for
research, teaching, and service.

Under the title "Digital Humanities and German Studies," the panels will
focus on practical and theoretical considerations. On the one hand,
multimedia presentations could explore how digital technologies and
computer-aided analyses help augment conventional inquiries into literary
analysis, cultural interpretation, and multimodal thinking. On the other
hand, they could examine the contributions that German Studies make to
Digital Humanities. Together, the panels will address questions that are
salient for German Studies in the digital era. What theoretical and
practical contributions does German Studies make to Digital Humanities, and
vice-versa? What conventional humanistic modes of inquiry benefit from
being revitalized or transformed along digital humanistic wires? How does
digital technology in the widest sense of the term compel us to rethink
archival, bibliographic, historical, literary, and philosophical methods?
What exciting initiatives exemplify new opportunities for advocacy,
recruitment, and networking?

Please send a 250-word abstract, along with your c.v., to Matthew Handelman
( and David D. Kim ( before Monday, February
10, 2014. Please remember that panel participants need to be GSA members
before February 17, 2014.

-- Matthew Handelman Assistant Professor of German Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages Michigan State University 619 Red Cedar Road Room B-263 East Lansing, MI 48824 517-355-5184
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