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TitelGraduate Student Conference: The Untimeliness of Media: Intermediality Across Eras in German Literature, Culture, and Art
BeschreibungUniversity of Pennsylvania
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Graduate Student Conference 2016


Keynote: Christopher Wood, New York University

Submission due date: December 15th, 2015

Conference dates: February 18th-19th, 2016

The medium through which works of art continue to influence later ages is always different from the one in which they affect their own age. Moreover, in those later times its impacts on older works constantly changes, too.
-Walter Benjamin, translated by Rodney Livingstone

Are media historically contingent?

On the one hand, the social conditions of reception as well as the technological constraints of medial production demand a strictly historicist conception of the history of media. Yet on the other, the history of art and literature is haunted by untimely media that seem out of place in their own time. Consider, for example, the laterna magica, which inspired filmic scenes in the works of Goethe. Or the writings of Baudelaire, in which Walter Benjamin identified an awareness of photography at a time when photography was still in its infancy. While certain media may seem out of place in their own times, intermedial practices in particular seem prone to confusing the otherwise stable temporalities and historical contingencies of works of art and literature. Even the practice of ekphrasis, where a still moment in a painting is brought into the temporal flow of writing, has an element of the untimely. Furthermore, digitization of older media, such as manuscripts, changes our understanding of their place in history. The interaction between two media destabilizes their respective temporalities. Moreover, this problematizes the relationship between criticism and its intermedial objects of study. Thinking with Nietzsche, for whom deliberate anachronism is a condition for criticism, untimeliness becomes a necessary criterion for evaluating and receiving works of art and thinkers. Therefore, if criticism presupposes untimely thinking, then the reception and depiction of one medium in another demands a reconsideration of that medium’s temporal setting. This conference seeks to vitalize the debate about the temporalities of intermediality by focusing on the uses and abuses of the category of the untimely for criticism.

Though the focus of the conference is on the potential untimeliness of media in German literature, culture and art, we welcome submissions from German studies, art history, cinema studies, architecture, philosophy, history, communications, music, comparative literature, and theory and criticism. We welcome papers that consider both the use of an untimely medium in a particular work, genre, or author as well as considerations of untimeliness in literary theory and media studies across all periods until the present day.

Possible paper topics include:

-medial anachronism
-handwriting and the hand-written in the age of print
-Benjamin’s reflections on the temporality of media (Baudelaire, Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century)
-proto-filmic writing in Romanticism and Goethe
-the temporality of montage
-sculpture and its remediation in the 18th and 19th centuries
-the temporalities of ekphrasis
-anachronism in painting
-temporalities of reading in painting
-photography of sculpture and painting
-the Gesamtkunstwerk (Wagner, and Nietzsche’s reading of Wagner)
-monuments and memorials
-temporality of illustrated narratives

Please send a 250-300 word abstract to both David Nelson and Margaret Strair at and by midnight on December 15, 2015. Submissions should include the paper title, author’s name, affiliation and email address. We will notify accepted speakers by the end of December.
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: David Nelson 
Funktion: Doktorand 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: University of Pennsylvania 
Strasse/Postfach: 745 Williams Hall 255 South 36th Street 
Postleitzahl: 19104 
Stadt: Philadelphia 
Telefon: +12158987107 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeSemiotik (Text und Bild); Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Medien- u. Kommunikationsgeschichte (Hand-, Druckschrift, Film, Rundfunk, Computerspiel usw.); Medien- u. Kommunikationstheorie
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