CfP: „Literature and Institutions“, Gießen (31.03.2017)

Call for Papers für das interdisziplinäre Symposium „Literature and Institutions | Gießen

Deadline Abstract: 31. März 2017 | Datum der Veranstaltung: 20.-21. Juni 2017

Dear fellow scholars,

We cordially invite you to submit proposals answering to the ongoing Call for Papers for the doctoral panels of the symposium „Literature and Institutions“, taking place from 20-21 June 2017 at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Giessen!

We offer six slots for doctoral candidates, three in panel 1 „Organizing Principles: Forms, Contexts, Canons“ and three in panel 2 „Literature and Media Change“. Within this symposium, doctoral candidates are invited to reflect on the institutional entanglements of literature, and thus contribute new scholarly perspectives to the symposium’s overall discussion.

Panel 1 – Organizing Principles: Forms, Contexts, Canons

This panel addresses the question of how literary forms and literary scholarship respond to the institutional cultures from which they emerge, and within which authors and scholars have to position themselves. The panel is interested in the question of how such institutional positioning may be re!ected in choices made on the levels of storytelling and argument.

Panel 2 – Literature and Media Change

This panel addresses the notion of media change, most importantly (con)textual changes brought about in the context of a new leading medium. What is literature in times of e.g., photography, TV or the Internet? Which are the new problems and challenges that emerge, and how does literature re-invent itself within or alongside the emergence of a new medium?

You can find the preliminary conference schedule below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We encourage you to take part in this stimulating event, and look forward to receiving your abstracts!


Conference schedule

Day 1 (Tue, June 20, 2017)

9:00              Registration

9:30-10:00   Welcome Address

10:00-11:30 Literature and Institutions in Early Modern Europe

Kirsten Dickhaut: Theater Culture at the Court of Louis XIV

Ingo Berensmeyer: Manuscript, Print, Performance: Institutions of „Literature“ in Early Modern England

11:30-11:45 COFFEE BREAK

11:45-13:15 Literature as an Emerging Institution: The Nineteenth Century

Tom Clucas: „Unacknowledged Legislators?“ Literature and the State in Great Britain

Florian Sedlmeier: The Field Imagination and the Market in the United States

13:15-15:00 LUNCH BREAK

15:00-17:30 Literature as an Institution of Criticism: The Twentieth Century

Sonja Schillings: Literature and Institutional Limitation in the Atomic Age

Ecocriticism and Poetry: Durs Grünbein’s Poetry as Institutional Criticism

17:30-18:00 COFFEE BREAK

18:00-20:00 Keynote Lecture

Mark McGurl: Being and Time-management. Fictions of Opportunity Cost in the Long Age of Amazon

Day 2 (Wed, June 21, 2017)

12:00-13:00 REGISTRATION

13:00-14:30 Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Panel 1: 

Organizing Principles: Forms, Contexts, Canons

14:30-14:45 COFFEE BREAK

14:45-16:15 Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Panel 2: 

Literature and Media Change

16:15-16:30 COFFEE BREAK

16:30-17:30 Concluding Discussion

Contact Info:

Please send your abstract of no more than 300 words, including your choice of panel and a short biography, to Ann-Marie Riesner by 31 March 2017. We look forward to receiving your contributions!

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