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Ergebnisanzeige ""Skandal!" German Graduate Student Conference"
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Titel"Skandal!" German Graduate Student Conference
BeschreibungThe Department of Germanic Languages at Columbia University is now accepting submissions for an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on the topic of scandal within the literary and intellectual histories of the German-speaking world.

With the recent controversies surrounding Günter Grass and Peter Handke still lingering in the press, this conference will attempt to unfold the historical and theoretical complexities of the concept that continue to influence our reception of literature in the twenty-first century. In what ways have the aforementioned scandals altered, or threatened to alter, the position that these authors held within the literary canon? Historically, how have authors been re-evaluated after such controversies and how can we understand our contemporary readings in relation to these re-evaluations? To what extent are scandals ultimately powerless in expelling an established author from the canon, i.e., can texts ever be disregarded entirely after such affairs or are our interests in them merely reoriented? How have authors actually benefited from the scandal surrounding their work and in what ways have artists consciously employed methods of provocation as part of their larger aesthetic projects?

In addition, we will investigate to what extent media is a necessary component of scandal as well as the ways in which technological innovations have allowed not only greater distribution of the material, but also the possibility to create or fabricate scandal. Does the concept of scandal emerge independently of mass-media or is the latter a prerequisite for the former? In conjunction with these questions we will also look at various philosophical and sociological theories of Öffentlichkeit and the ways in which scandal functions within, and moves beyond, the parameters of the public sphere.

For more information please visit the conference website at:

The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 1, 2006.

Panels will include three or four papers and one or two respondents.
Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes. Participants will have to submit their papers by January 15, 2007.

The conference itself will take place at Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th Street, on February 15 & 16, 2007.

Please submit one-page abstracts with a separate coversheet indicating the author’s name, affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail address to:

Department of Germanic Languages
Columbia University
319 Hamilton Hall
MC 2812
New York, NY 10027

Electronic submissions (attachment of word documents or text included in message body) to

The organizing committee also encourages those who would be interested in serving as respondents to submit their names, affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail address.


Kári Driscoll
Julia Nordmann
Tyler Whitney

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortNew York
PersonName: The organizing committee 
Funktion: Ansprechpartner 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Department of Germanic Languages, Columbia University 
Strasse/Postfach: 319 Hamilton Hall 
Postleitzahl: MC 2812 
Stadt: New York, NY 10027 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLiterarische Wertung/Literaturkritik
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.13.00 Literaturkritik. Wertung; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.15.00 Literatur und Medien
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