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RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelPrecarious Parenthood - the Performativity of Family
BeschreibungPrecarious Parenthood - the Performativity of Family
5th and 6th of June 2009, NUI Galway

We all experience parenthood; if not as parents, then by way of being parented or, in the face of the ubiquity of images of idyllic family life, in the longing for being parents or being parented. Nevertheless, ’parenthood’ is a contingent social construct. Early myths of changelings, literary fairy tales about children accidentally growing up with the ’wrong’ parents, as well as the numerous enlivenments of artificial bodies from mediaeval literature to science fiction ultimately, and probably above all, construct ’families.’ Those families are not only a substitution for real families, but also retroactively show that families are never ’real’; that family, like gender or race, is not only a social or biological entity, but something that has to be ’acted out.’ Arguably, the rules for the construction of ’family’ are changing. Despite the fact, that for instance, the collective phantasm of the Holy Family, is still a potent and vivid projection space a discursive revision of ’family’ has taken place.
Recent societal transformations have particularly affected women. In the past, women’s subordination to men has, at the same time, fostered highly idealized images of motherhood in the Western world – be it due to biologism, romanticism or the Catholic reverence for a motherhood of immaculate conception. Dispossessing and deconstructing maternity cleared the way to apprehend that families are rather virtual than biological entities.
In this conference, various configurations of family as they are represented in literature, film or other audio- visual arts will be analyzed across different societies and academic disciplines.

Provisional Conference Programme

Friday, 5 June 2009

9.00-9.30: Registration, Coffee, Welcoming Remarks

9.30-11.15: Panel 1: Medieval Literature

-Cathy La Farge, NUI Galway, Ireland: The Family in the Arthurian Tales of Sir Thomas Malory
-Lisa Padden, NUI Galway, Ireland: Mapping Margery’s Motherhood: How a Mystic Found a New Family
-Jessica Quinlan, University of Würzburg, Germany: Letting Go: The Conflict Surrounding Fathers, Daughters and Sons-in-Law in French and German Arthurian Fiction
-Michael Shields, NUI Galway, Ireland: Mother, Daughter, Maid? – Thirteenth-century Discourses of Incest in the German and Latin Versions of Heinrich Frauenlob’s Marienleich

11.15-11.30: Coffee Break

11.30-13.15: Panel 2: ‘Doing Family’ in German Literature

- Nora Hoffmann, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany:Deficient Families in Theodor Fontane’s Novels: The Antithetic Roles of Father and Mother in Parent-Child Relationships
-Tina-Karen Pusse, NUI Galway, Ireland:‘As Regards My Mother: Don’t Look at Her!’: Disarranged Love Letters in Elfriede Jelinek’s "The Piano Teacher"
-Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa, NUI Galway, Ireland: Adoption in the Works of Adalbert Stifter
-Gabi Behrens, NUI Galway, Ireland: Childhood in Ruins: On Wolfgang Koeppen’s Tauben im Gras

13.15-14.30 Lunch

14.30-15.30: Plenary Lecture 1: Prof. Barbara Vinken, German Department, University of Munich, Germany:
“Mother State: Germany’s Sonderweg in Western Europe”

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-17.45: Panel 3: Irish Literature and Film

-Megan Buckley, NUI Galway, Ireland: ‘The Dark House of … Childhood’: Mother and Child in Daughter and Other Poems by Jessie Lendennie
-E. Guillermo Iglesias, Universidad de Vigo, Spain: Contemporary Re-Constructions of Family Life in Irish Films
-Siobhán O’Gorman, NUI Galway, Ireland:Staging Parenthood in the Plays of Marina Carr and Suzan-Lori Parks
-Katharina Walter, NUI Galway, Ireland:‘A Darkness which Is Anything But Death’: The Maternal Muse in Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry

17.45-18.00 Coffee Break

18.00-19.00: Plenary Lecture 2, Prof. Catherine Nash, Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom:
“ ‘Sick to death of family’: New Perspectives on Relatedness”

20.00 Conference Dinner (optional)

Saturday, 6 June 2009

9.00-9.30 Coffee

9.30-11.00: Panel 4: Family Politics: GDR and Soviet Literature and Film

-Deirdre Byrnes, NUI Galway, Ireland:Confronting Vater Staat: Politics and Paternity in the Writing of Monika Maron
-Jenny Kaminer, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom: The Abandoning Mother as Positive Role Model in the Soviet 1920s
-Anna Maria Mullally, Institute of Technology, Tallaght, Dublin: Family in DEFA Film of the 70s and 80s

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.00: Panel 5: Medical Discourses

-Alison Harnett, National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Providing Services to People with Intellectual Disabilities, Ireland: Passing on News about Disability to Parents
Ornaith Rodgers, NUI Galway, Ireland:Construction of Pregnancy and the Self in the Discourse of Pregnancy Advice Literature
Jameson Bell, ETH Zurich, Switzerland: Children as ‘Living Brains’: Reading from a Novel in Progress

13.00-14.30 Lunch

Please register before 15 May 2009.

As regards the conference fee, please pay EUR 50 or 30(student fee) on or before 15 May 2009. You can either pay:
- by cheque, issued to Dr. Tina-Karen Pusse, NUI Galway, German Department, Conference Account, or
- per bank draft, account number 21907066, sorting code 904018 (Bank of Ireland, NUI Galway Campus, Galway, Ireland).

For further questions please contact
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PersonName: Pusse, Tina-Karen [Dr.] 
Funktion: Lecturer, German Department 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: NUI Galway, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures 
SchlüsselbegriffeGenderforschung; Literatur 1300 - 1500; Literatur 1500 - 1580; Literatur 1830 - 1880; Literatur 1880 - 1945; Literatur nach 1945; Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte; Literaturtheorie: Themen; Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.06.00 Literaturtheorie; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.08.00 Poetik > 03.08.03 Dichtung und Kunst; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.12.00 Interpretation. Hermeneutik; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.14.00 Literatursoziologie; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.15.00 Literatur und Medien; 06.00.00 Mittelalter > 06.07.00 Gattungen und Formen; 06.00.00 Mittelalter > 06.08.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 06.00.00 Mittelalter > 06.11.00 Mittellateinische Literatur; 08.00.00 Hochmittelalter > 08.05.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 08.00.00 Hochmittelalter > 08.06.00 Zu einzelnen Autoren und Werken; 10.00.00 16. Jahrhundert > 10.12.00 Emblematik. Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.09.00 Biedermeier; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.10.00 Junges Deutschland; 15.00.00 19. Jahrhundert > 15.12.00 Realismus; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.09.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.10.00 Bundesrepublik Deutschland bis 1990 > 18.10.08 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.11.00 DDR > 18.11.03 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.11.00 DDR > 18.11.05 Literarisches Leben; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.11.00 DDR > 18.11.07 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.09.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen; 19.00.00 1990 bis zur Gegenwart > 19.11.00 Österreich > 19.11.07 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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