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Titel“Nothing beside remains”: Glimpses of Ruins in German Thought, Literature, and Art. Graduate Student Conference in German Studies
Beschreibung“Nothing beside remains”: Glimpses of Ruins in German Thought, Literature, and Art
Graduate Student Conference in German Studies

Cornell University
February 27-28, 2009

Keynote Speaker: Carol Jacobs, Yale University
Plenary Speaker: Anette Schwarz, Cornell University

A ruin could be defined simply as a physical marker of time past; yet it can also be thought of as the spatialization of time and as the temporalization of space. The ruin as trope, topos, image, or concept becomes culturally significant as that place where natural time intersects historical time. A ruin is a trace of history embedded in nature and it is nature working over a historical remnant. Either way, it is more than a mere broken building.

For a construct fundamentally characterized by deficit, ruins in their cultural manifestations yield a surplus of interpretations. They have symbolized lost pasts, providing either a sense of shared grandeur or crushing Epigonentum; ruins were built as scenic features of 18th century gardens and they were designed into National Socialist architecture; they were emblematic of shifting interest from the beautiful to the Sublime; the early Romantics identified ruins with the fragment as indices of the absent absolute; Walter Benjamin identified them with allegory in his treatise on the German Trauerspiel; with the rise of the museum they symbolize the appropriation of global pasts for a hegemonic cultural narrative; and in the violence of the 20th century they become concrete visual reminders of devastating historical processes. Why is the ruin such a longstanding cultural landmark? How is meaning constructed in ruins across changing contexts and how are these meanings employed toward aesthetic, philosophical, ethical, and political ends? What is the relationship between ruins and memory? Between ruins and conceptualizations of historical time?

In this conference we will confront ruins as trope, topos, and textual artifact in order to reexamine literary and cultural appropriations of the past, varying understandings of space and time, and the shifting conceptual emphases loosely contained in their broken forms. We want to think about ruins both in their various textual manifestations but also more generally, as representing the problematic of a certain kind of relationship between present and past – ruins are not only art's frequent subject matter, they are also deeply embedded in the very question of the possibility of art.

We encourage submissions from all fields relevant to German studies, including literature, film and visual studies, art history, gender studies, urban studies, political theory, history, and philosophy.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Reading nature through history and vice versa
Romantic fragment
Landscape as memory
Construction of artificial ruins
Archaeology and the layering of history
Art after catastrophe / art after the golden age
Trümmerliteratur & the Trümmerfilm
Ruins as Mahnmale and Denkmäler (memorials and monuments), e.g. East Side Gallery, Reichsparteigelände in Nuremberg
Inhabiting contemporary urban ruins
Ruins of colonialism, capitalism, communism
Writers on Ruins – Benjamin on allegory, Schlegel on the fragment, Sebald, Simmel, &c.
Ethics of excavating/altering/moving/preserving ruins (e.g. Gedächtniskirche vs. Palast der Republik)
Ruins in museum culture
Ruins in photography and film
Tourism and Ruins

Please submit an abstract of 250 words or less no later than January 5, 2009 to conference organizers Megan Eaton, Carl Gelderloos, and Katrina Nousek at Abstracts must include a cover letter with the author’s name, paper title, affiliation, telephone number and email address, and be in the form of *.doc files. Presentations are to last 20 minutes and must be in English. Submissions are accepted from graduate students only.

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VeranstaltungsortCornell University, Ithaca, New York
PersonName: Eaton, Megan; Gelderloos, Carl; Nousek, Katrina  
Funktion: Kontakt 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Cornell University 
Stadt: Ithaca, New York 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Klassifikation05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.11.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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