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Ergebnisanzeige "Between Future and Fatality: Utopian and Dystopian Ideas in German Literature, Film, and Culture"
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TitelBetween Future and Fatality: Utopian and Dystopian Ideas in German Literature, Film, and Culture
Beschreibung"Between Future and Fatality: Utopian and Dystopian Ideas in German Literature, Film, and Culture"
Eleventh Annual Focus Graduate Student Conference
held on October 27-28, 2006 at the University of Cincinnati

Keynote speaker to be announced soon

Modern societies are based on the premise that the tomorrow is
predictable. Humanity has excelled in constructing high-tech
computers, in changing genetic information, in mastering diseases and
going into space. However, the prediction of the future, the old
fantasy of overcoming the barrier of time is still a thorn in the
flesh of the homo technicus. Human beings yearn to know how the world
will be tomorrow and also how the course of the world could be changed.

Literature and film have always served as media for drawing up an
imaginary future. Be it as a harbinger of dark apocalyptic visions or
as the beacon of a paradisiacal and ideal world. This conference
seeks to explore any kind of utopian and/or dystopian thinking in
German culture. We invite not only traditional scholarly works in the
field of German Studies but also interdisciplinary responses focusing
on literature, film, theory, philosophy, ethics, history linked to

What kinds of representations of dystopian / utopian ideas exist?
What genre is chosen and why? What techniques do the authors choose
to portray these representations? In what way can these works be
linked to the period in which they originated? To what extent did the
authors’ prophetic power influence and change the society they lived
in? Or are such works often escapist rather than ambitiously intent
on change? Are these works rebellious towards their time or do they
rather affirm it? Is there a specific German tone in such works that
sets them apart from other utopian / dystopian traditions (e.g. as
opposed to the vast amount of such works in English). To what extent
do such works exert political power and therefore possibly transcend
their status as mere cultural products? Are these dystopian utopian
visions reflections of real historical conditions projected onto the
level of fantasy or fantasy made similar enough to reality to create
narrative interest?
We invite graduate students from all disciplines to submit paper
proposals responding to these or similar questions related to the
depiction of utopian and dystopian concepts in modern or pre-modern
time periods. Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:

- "Traditional" utopian and dystopian texts
- Philosophical texts attempting to construct a future world
- Texts and films attempting to reconstruct imaginary historic
settings (e.g. Chr. Wolf’s Kein Ort. Nirgends etc…)
- War literature, Cold War literature
- Science fiction literature and films
- Fairy tales
- Apocalyptic literature
- Social utopias in art and architecture
- Holocaust literature / Blut-und-Boden literature
- Romantic literature ("Golden Age" vs. "Nachtseitiges")
- Weimarer Klassik (the construction of a harmonious society)
- Utopian courtly societies in medieval literature
- Allegorical thinking in the literature of the Baroque
- Films referring to utopian / dystopian ideas
- Escapist literature
- Political literature
- GDR literature
- Exile literature

Revised conference papers can also be submitted for publication in
our Focus on German Studies journal.

Information on the keynote speaker will be announced soon. Please
send an abstract of 250-300 words in either English or German as Word
attachment by August 31, 2006 to Wolfgang Lückel and Todd Heidt at (ATTN: Focus on GS Conference). On a separate
cover sheet please list the proposed paper title, author’s name,
affiliation, and e-mail address. Conference participants have the
option of housing with UC graduate students.

University of Cincinnati, German Studies Department
733 Old Chemistry Building, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0372
Phone: 513-556-2752
Fax: 513-556-1991

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Lückel, Wolfgang  
Funktion: Ansprechpartner 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: University of Cincinnati 
Strasse/Postfach: 733 Old Chemistry Building 
Postleitzahl: OH 45221-0372 
Stadt: Cincinnati 
Telefon: +001 513-556-2752 
Fax: +001 513-556-1991 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeKomparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literaturtheorie: Themen; Medien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.); Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.15.00 Literatur und Medien; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte
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