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TitelInternational Conference - Literature and Media Theory: Mediality – Materiality – Cultural Techniques
BeschreibungInternational Conference
Literature and Media Theory: Mediality – Materiality – Cultural Techniques

Göttingen, 19-21 March 2015
Please register by 6 March (see below)

The so-called medial turn and the ever-growing importance of film, television and the internet in recent decades have led not only to a radical change in the humanities but also to an alteration of the way we read and investigate literature. The field of literary studies has been increasingly broadened in the light of this development. After the crisis of theory and the erosion of the deconstructionist paradigm at the turn of the millennium, media theory has become one of the most productive approaches to literature. Yet, while the relation between literature and other media has already been investigated in a number of critical studies, this conference aims at discussing literature as a medium in its own right. The theoretical foundations allowing such a conception of literature go back to the 1960s; however, what is still lacking in literary studies is both a detailed scrutiny of the benefits and (dis)advantages of these and examinations of the results of said advanced theories by re-applying them in readings of concrete literary texts. A concept linking both the term literature and the term medium that promises to solve these theoretical problems is that of cultural technique.

The international conference Literature and Media Theory: Mediality – Materiality – Cultural Technique, taking place at Göttingen University from 19th to 21st March, will address questions of how to interpret literature as a medium in the light of cultural techniques: How can the mediality of literature be explored without reducing it to textuality? What are the benefits in using theoretical concepts such as cultural technique and mediality when interpreting a given literary text? How is the field of literary studies supposed to respond to the described theoretical circumstances? International experts as well as early-stage scholars from the fields of literary studies, literary theory and media studies will discuss and expound the problems of different approaches to those questions. We believe that the dialogue between literary and cultural studies, on the one hand, and media studies, on the other, promises to open up new perspectives and possibilities, especially when it comes to discussing established theories by McLuhan, Kittler and Luhmann, for instance, in the light of the currently much discussed theory of cultural technique.

Plenary Speakers: Christoph Reinfandt & Laurence Rickels

Pleaase register by 6 March 2015 (conference fee: € 40). For further information see:



9.00 Registration

10.00-10.30 Opening Remarks
Winfried Rudolf (Head of the English Department)
Susanne Bayerlipp, Ralf Haekel & Johannes Schlegel

10.30-12.30 Panel 1: Reconsidering Kittler
1. Stephen Sale (London): The Scene of Writing in the Media Histories of Friedrich Kittler
2.Robert Smid (Budapest): Mapping the Narrative’s Territory. Cartographic Techniques in Literature
3. Gill Partington (London): Cutting up Books: John Latham, Friedrich Kittler and Media Theory

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Parallel Panel 2: Literature as Medium – Genealogies

1. Balázs Keresztes (Budapest / Cologne): Literaute – Crafted and Designed. Decorative Practices and the Materiality of Literature
2. Christine Mitchell (New York): Weaver through the Looking Glass: Machine Translation’s literary genealogy

Parallel Panel 3: Mediality in Literature
1. Stefanie Heine (Zürich): Breathing and Mediality in Virginia Woolf’s Writing
2. Felicitas Meifert (München): Print and/as Possibility: Counterfactuality and Forking Paths in Contemporary Fiction
3. Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen (Aarhus): To read, to touch, to listen. Reconfiguring reading as a multisensory activity

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.30 Panel 4: Literature Between Media (Preformed panel: Aarhus)
1. Tore Rye Andersen (Aarhus): Locating the Literary Work between Media
2. Sara Tanderup (Aarhus): ‘A Scrapbook of you + me’: S. and the Printed Novel in the Digital Age
3. Anne Myrup Munk (Aarhus): ‘I am Someone. Look at me’. The Life and Literature of Today’s Mediatized Author
4. Thomas Bjørnsten (Aarhus): Literature in a Post-Medium Situation?

18:45 Wine Reception


09.00-10.00 Keynote I:
Christoph Reinfandt (Tübingen): From Work to Text Revisited. ‘Reading’ and the Trajectory from Literature to Media Theory

10.00-10.30 Coffee break

10.30-12.30 Panel 5: Investigating Literature as Cultural Technique
1. Nicola Glaubitz (Darmstadt): Technomodernism as a genre of cultural techniques: Tom McCarthy’s Remainder
2. Thomas Götselius (Stockholm): Literature without writing. Bartleby, literature and writing as cultural technique
3. Wolfgang Funk (Hannover): ‘The Core is the Core is the Core’ – Metareference as Cultural Technique

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Parallel Panel 6: Cycles and Circulation. Literary History as the Historiography of Cultural Techniques (Preformed panel: Paderborn)
1. Matthias Koch (Paderborn): Cyclical Operations: Historicizing Cultural Techniques
2. Christian Köhler (Paderborn): Between Cycles and Circulation: Cultural Techniques as a Heuristic of Transitions, Shifts, and Couplings
3. Mirna Zeman (Paderborn): Cyclography of Literature

Parallel Panel 7: Inter- and Transmedial Perspectives
1. Maraike M. Marxsen (Hamburg): Autobiotechné: Exploring the Cultural Technique of Self Narration in Video Art
2. Jordis Lau (Hamburg): Literature into Video Art: Adaptation as Cultural Technique
3. Hans-Ulrich Mohr (Dresden): Is there a Transgeneric and Transmedial Plot Syntagm?

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.30 Panel 8: Transcending traditional literary media
1. Ingo Berensmeyer (Gießen): Man-Machine Interfaces and Interferences in Postwar British Literature
2. Heike Schäfer (Konstanz): Literature and its Media in the Digital Age: Rethinking the Mediality of Literature from an Intermedial Perspective
3. Rüdiger Singer (Göttingen): Poems seen through Comics

19.30 Conference Dinner


09.00-10.00 Keynote II:
Laurence Rickels (Saas-Fee/Karlsruhe): The Ghost is Clear

10.00-10.30 Coffee break

10.30-12.30 Parallel Panel 9: Literature in the Digital Age
1. Piotre Marecki and Aleksandra Malecka (Warsaw / Lodz): Between Page and Screen. The Intersection of Print and Digital in writing, reading, and translation
2. Farkas, Zita (Umeå): Transformations of classical literary texts into digital narratives: Consuming literature in the digital space
3. Sanae Tokizane (Tokio): Epistolarity of Email

Parallel Panel 10: The Materiality of the Medium
1. Martina Wernli (Würzburg): From geese to steel. Stories about the goose quill and the nib pen
2. Sabine Zubarik (Erfurt): On leaves: Flipping, Flicking, Turning
3. Bill Bell (Cardiff): Paratext Revisited

12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00: Panel 11: Media Theory and/in Contemporary Fiction
1. Alexander Starre (Berlin): Media Theory as Book Theory. The Metamedial Moment in Contemporary American Literature
2. Sebastian Domsch (Greifswald) Framing Absence: A Poetics of the Empty Page
3. Christina Lupton (Warwick): The Novel as the Future Anterior of the Book

16.00-16.30 Closing remarks
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
Verknüpfte Ressource
PersonName: Haekel, Ralf [Prof.] 
Funktion: Veranstalter 
Name: Bayerlipp, Susanne 
Funktion: Veranstalterin 
Name: Schlegel, Johannes [Dr.] 
Funktion: Veranstalter 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Seminar für Englische Philologie der Universität Göttingen 
Strasse/Postfach: Käte-Hamburger-Weg 3 
Postleitzahl: 37073 
Stadt: Göttingen 
SchlüsselbegriffeSprache in den Medien / Medienwissenschaft (Sprache in Massenmedien, Internet und Hypertext, Medienentwicklung); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literaturtheorie: Themen; Medien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.); Medien- u. Kommunikationstheorie
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.06.00 Literaturtheorie; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.15.00 Literatur und Medien; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte
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