CfP „Hans Blumenberg. Neue Zugänge zum Werk / New Approaches to Hans Blumenberg“, Berlin, (Deadline 01.12.2018)

Call for Papers

Internationales Symposion am ZfL: Hans Blumenberg. Neue Zugänge zum Werk /
International Symposium at the ZfL: New Approaches to Hans Blumenberg
org. von / org. by: Eva Geulen, Daniel Weidner, Hannes Bajohr
10.10.2019 – 12.10.2019
Deadline: 01.12.2018

—english version below—

In den letzten Jahren hat das Interesse an Hans Blumenberg im In- und Ausland stark zugenommen. Neben die ältere Generation derjenigen, die den 1996 verstorbenen Philosophen noch persönlich gekannt oder gehört haben, ist eine jüngere getreten, die sich sein Werk unter neuen Voraussetzungen aneignet. Zahlreiche Nachlasspublikationen fördern neues Material zutage. Eine steigende Anzahl von Tagungen und Workshops bezeugt die Internationalisierung seiner Rezeption ebenso wie rege Übersetzungstätigkeit in eine Vielzahl von Sprachen. Eine Gesamtausgabe fehlt noch, aber ein derzeit in Arbeit befindliches Handbuch (hg. von R. Zill u.a.) besiegelt Blumenbergs Status als moderner Klassiker. Die kanonischen Fragen, die die Forschung lange bewegt und oft auch gespalten haben – etwa Verhältnis und Gewichtung von Metaphorologie, Phänomenologie, Rhetorik und Anthropologie – bleiben weiterhin dringlich und ungelöst. Aber sie sind um neue Perspektiven und Zugänge aus verschiedenen Disziplinen bereichert worden. Ältere und neuere Forschung in einen Dialog zu bringen und neue Perspektiven auf Blumenberg heute auszuloten, ist das Anliegen dieses Symposions, das vom Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung ausgerichtet wird.

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Interest in the work of Hans Blumenberg (1920–1996) has been on the rise in Germany and many other countries for some time. Today, an older generation of scholars, who knew Blumenberg personally or had studied with him, is joined by a younger generation forging its own approaches to his works under different circumstances. New materials come to light as more and more posthumous material is being published. Numerous conferences and workshops, as well as translations of his works into various languages, testify to an increasingly internationalized reception. While a critical edition of Blumenberg’s collected works is still a desideratum, a handbook (ed. R. Zill et al.) is currently in progress, sealing Blumenberg’s status as a modern classic. The canonical questions that dominated and often divided Blumenberg scholarship in the past—the prioritization of, and relationship between, metaphorology, phenomenology, rhetoric, and anthropology—have not lost their urgency, as they remain largely undecided. However, new perspectives, questions and approaches have emerged in many disciplines. Bringing older and more recent scholarship into dialogue and exploring new perspectives on Blumenberg is the aim of this symposium organized by the Center for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL) in Berlin.

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CfP: „Digital Stylistics in Romance Studies and beyond“, Würzburg (31.10.2018)

Call for Papers für die Konferenz „Digital Stylistics in Romance Studies and beyond“ | Universität Würzburg

Deadline Abstract: 31. Oktober 2018 | Annahmebestätigung: November 2018
Datum der Veranstaltung: 27. Februar -02. März 2019

Digital Stylistics is a subdiscipline of Literary Studies, Linguistics, and Digital Humanities concerned with the computational and statistical analysis of literary style as well as style in language use (Leech/Short 2007; Herrmann et al. 2015). Several factors, such as authorship, genre and period do have an impact on style. Using digital methods, Digital Stylistics aims at an explicit modelling, understanding and analysis of the relationship between stylistic function and stylistic effects on the one hand and of language use on the other hand. For example, a qualitative stylistic analysis focuses on a deep reading and a detailed analysis of single texts. Regarding quantitative aspects, Digital Stylistics is concerned with a more extensive analysis of stylistic phenomena, in order to describe tendencies and  possible changes over a longer period of time, within a national literature or language or cross linguistically.

Whereas digital methods for stylistic analyses are already being applied in research on English (Burrows 2002; Biber and Conrad 2009; Underwood 2014) and German (Jannidis/Lauer 2014; Salgaro et al. 2018), studies on Romance languages are fairly new, as it can been seen by the works on French (Pincemin 2009; Bornet/Kaplan 2017; Schöch 2017), Italian (Ciotti 2017) or Spanish (Navarro-Colorado 2015; de la Rosa/Suárez 2016; Rißler-Pipka 2016).

Therefore, the main purpose of the conference “Digital Stylistics in Romance Studies and beyond” is to bring together international scholars working in the field of stylistic analysis, in order to present and discuss their methods, digital tools and current research projects.

The following questions can be addressed during the conference:

  • In what respect is the term style in literary and linguistic research subject to change due to digital methods (lexical and grammatical features, Topic Modeling, reduction of dimensionality, Sentiment Analysis, networks)?
  • Which new insights on style can be gained from Digital Stylistics?
  • Which aims and approaches  are pursued under the tag Stylometry beyond authorship?
  • Regarding research on Digital Stylistics, how can the actual Status Quo in Romance studies be described?
  • Which terminological traditions are applied for research on different languages (engl. stylometry, fr. textométrie, dt. computergestützte Gattungsstilistik) and how could they be put in relation or benefit from each other?
  • Which challenges concerning software and data (i.e. availability of digital texts and tools, quality of digital tools etc.) has Digital Stylistics (in Romance languages) to face?
  • Which typological features of different languages favour or prevent cross linguistic research?


Abstracts in English for a presentation (20 min; followed by 10 mins of discussion) until the 31st of october 2018 to the following address:

Abstracts should not exceed more than 500 words (excl. references). Notification of acceptance will be communicated until November 2018. A publication of the conference proceedings is foreseen.


The conference will be held at the University of Würzburg, in Southern Germany, close to cities with international airports such as Frankfurt or Nürnberg. It’s foreseen that confirmed speakers will receive a travel grant. More information on the venue and the program will be published on the conference homepage.

Local Organizers

CLiGS research group (Robert Hesselbach, José Calvo Tello, Ulrike Henny-Krahmer, Daniel Schlör)

Scientific Committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Burr (Leipzig)
  • Prof. Dr. Karina van Dalem-Oskam (Amsterdam)
  • Prof. Dr. Maciej Eder (Kraków)
  • Prof. Dr. Hanno Ehrlicher (Tübingen)
  • Prof. Dr. Fotis Jannidis (Würzburg)
  • Dr. Borja Navarro-Colorado (Alicante)
  • Prof. Dr. Christof Schöch (Trier)
  • Prof. Dr. Angela Schrott (Kassel)


Biber, Douglas, and Susan Conrad. 2009. Register, Genre, and Style. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Bornet, Cyril, and Frédéric Kaplan. 2017. “A Simple Set of Rules for Characters and Place Recognition in French Novel.“ In: Frontiers in Digital Humanities 4.

Burrows, John. 2002. “‘Delta’: A Measure of Stylistic Difference and a Guide to Likely Authorship.” In: Literary and Linguistic Computing 17 (3): 267–87.

Ciotti, Fabio. 2017. “Tempi Verbali e Strutture Narrative: L’Analisi Computazionale Dei Morfemi Temporali Nei Testi Narrativi Italiani Tra Realismo e Modernismo.” In: Access/Accès. Montreal.

Herrmann, J. Berenike, Christof Schöch, and Karina van Dalen-Oskam. 2015. “Revisiting Style, a Key Concept in Literary Studies.” In: Journal of Literary Theory 9 (1): 25–52.

Jannidis, Fotis, and Gerhard Lauer. 2014. “Burrows’s Delta and Its Use in German Literary History.” In: Distant Readings. Topologies of German Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Matt Erlin and Lynne Tatlock, 29–54. Rochester: Camden House.

Leech, Geoffrey N, and Mick Short. 2007. Style in Fiction: A Linguistic Introduction to English Fictional Prose. London; New York: Longman.

Navarro Colorado, Borja. 2015. “A Computational Linguistic Approach to Spanish Golden Age Sonnets: Metrical and Semantic Aspects.” In: Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature. Denver.

Pincemin, Bénédicte. 2009. “« Panorama bref et pragmatique des outils de textométrie et apparentés », Fiche réalisée à l’intention des participants, Ecole thématique CNRS MISAT (Méthodes Informatiques et Statistiques en Analyse de Textes), Besançon, 15-19 juin 2009.”

Rißler-Pipka, Nanete. 2016. “Avellaneda y los problemas de la identificación del autor. Propuestas para una investigación con nuevas herramientas digitales.” In: El otro Quijote. La continuación de Avellaneda y sus efectos, edited by Hanno Ehrlicher, 27–51. Mesa Redonda. Augsburg: Universität Augsburg.

Rosa, Javier de la, and Juan Luis Suárez. 2016. “The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes and of His Machine Learning Adversities Non-traditional authorship attribution techniques in the context of the Lazarillo.” In: Lemir, 20: 373–438.

Salgaro, Massimo, Simone Rebora, Gerhard Lauer, and Berenike Herrmann. 2018. “The Tiroler Soldaten-Zeitung and Its Authors. A Computer-Aided Search for Robert Musil.” In: Kritik der digitalen Vernunft. Cologne: DHd.

Schöch, Christof. 2017. “Topic Modeling Genre: An Exploration of French Classical and Enlightenment Drama.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 11 (2).

Underwood, Ted. 2014. “Understanding Genre in a Collection of a Million Volumes, Interim Report.”


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CfP: „(Trans)nationalism and (crossing) boundaries – from politic to poetics“, Poznan (30.09.2018)

Call for Papers für die Konferenz „(Trans)nationalism and (crossing) boundaries – from politic to poetics“ | Poznan, Polen

Deadline Abstract: 30. September 2018 | Datum der Veranstaltung: 07.-08. Dezember 2018

Since Linda Hutcheon’s seminal words “Let’s just say it. It’s over” referring to postmodernism, it is hardly possible to maintain the status quo of the main postmodern ideas (the negation of objectivity of the real world and truth, the rejection of grand narratives) and believe that they can still stimulate the development of humanities. The shock experienced due to the real threat of terrorism has forced many societies to reject the narration of the West as a place of success, affluence, and commonly shared satisfaction. The challenging of post-theories (postmodernism, postnationalism, postcolonialism) as the concepts incapable of dealing with the twenty-first-century problems has led to a turn towards neorealism (Toth 2010), new realism (Ferraris 2014) or metamodernism (Vermeulen, Akker 2010). Irrespective of the proposed terminology, all these new theories have two things in common: there is an observable partial return to the belief in the real world and grand narratives as well as a growing need for objective truth in times dominated by subjective information and fake-news. Open to discussion remains the question to what extent the noticeable in the last years return to great national narrations or the growing fear of other cultures may be read as a step back to national ideology, understood as an imagined community, popularised in 1980’s by Benedict Anderson.

The incommensurability of the traditional definition of national identity with the dynamically globalizing world has been already pointed out by Zygmunt Bauman in his Strangers at our Door (2016) or Przemysław Czapliński in Poruszona mapa (2016). Therefore, the question arises: is it possible to return to the nineteenth-century belief in objective truth and reality, do we need grand narratives back to revive our lost national identities, is there still a place for boundaries in the seemingly united Europe? Are we still forced to choose between a national and a universal character of phenomena, or is there any other or new way of approaching our objects of study? (Balcerzan 2015). The last but not least, what role should nowadays play humanities with regard to the observable changes? Being certain that the issue of identity oscillating between nationalism and transnationalism, and connected with the notion of a border call for immediate attention, we would like to propose a discussion on the possible meanings of the aforementioned ideas as visible in different disciplines of humanities –going from politics, through social sciences, linguistics, cultural studies, and to literary studies and theory of literature. We are waiting for proposals dealing with the following topics (but not limited to):

  • National, ethnic, cultural, religious identity
  • Migration and the image of immigrants in media, literature, culture, society
  • Diaspora and minorities
  • Creation and rejection of boundaries – real and imagined
  • Pro- and anti-immigration discourse
  • Migration or exile
  • Linguistic barriers of the migrants
  • Relations between language and identity
  • Language(s) of the borderland
  • The idea of national literature, borderland literature, literature as a way of transgressing borders
  • Travelling as a notion of crossing borders – travel as a trope, the travelling of motives, genres, literary and cultural influences
  • Centre vs. Periphery – colonization, post-colonization, de-colonization
  • National understanding of studies – Polish, English, Spanish, German etc. literary studies, schools, theories
  • Transnationalism in humanities
  • The question of borders in the disciplines of humanities, transdisciplinary studies

We are waiting for (300 words) abstracts for 20-minute presentations till 30 September 2018. Please send the abstracts to The proposal should include also a short information about the author: name, surname, affiliation, e-mail address. Abstracts are blind-peer reviewed.

The language of the conference: Polish and English.
Conference fee (covers the cost of conference materials, coffee breaks, planned dinner during the first day of the conference, publication):

300 zł – all other participants
150 zł – PhD and MA students

Anderson, Benedict. 1983. Imagined communities. New York: Verso.
Anderson, Benedict. 1994. „Exodus”, Critical Inquiry. Vol. 20, N. 2., 314-327.
Balcerzan, Edward. 2015. „‘Narodowość’ poetyki – dylematy typologiczne”, Forum Poetyki, Jesień 2015, 6-17.
Bauman, Zygmunt. 2016. Obcy u Naszych Drzwi. Warszawa: PWN.
Czapliński, Przemysław. Poruszona Mapa. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Literackie.
Ferraris, Maurizio. 2014. Manifesto of New Realism. Albany: Suny Press.
Toth, Josh. 2010. The Passing of Postmodernism. Abany: Suny Press.
Vermeulen Timotheus and Robin van den Akker. 2010. “Note on metamodernism”, Journal of Aesthetics and Culture Vol. 2, 2010, 1-12.

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CfP für archimaera – mit dem Thema „Atmosphären“ (10.10.2018)

Call for Papers für archimaera –, Nr. 8

Deadline Abstract: 10. Oktober 2018 | Deadline Beitrag: 15. Februar 2019


Der Begriff „Atmosphäre“ gehört zu den wichtigen und zugleich schwierigen Themen im jüngeren Architekturdiskurs. Ursprünglich beheimatet in Physik und Meteorologie bezeichnet Atmosphäre im ästhetischen Bereich die emotionale Wahrnehmung von Dingen, Räumen und Situationen. Der Begriff bezieht sich auf subjektiv gefärbte Erfahrungen, die weder messbar noch mit naturwissenschaftlichen Methoden zu erfassen sind. Auf der anderen Seite wird der Anspruch formuliert, dass das Erleben von Atmosphären nicht der Willkür des Betrachters unterliegt; in diesem Sinne werden Atmosphären in der jüngeren Diskussion als „quasi-things“ (Tonino Griffero) angesprochen. Sie sind in gewisser Weise „objektiv“ gegeben und lassen sich durch den Einsatz gestalterischer Mittel hervorrufen. Eine Reihe von Autoren sieht im atmosphärischen Charakter von Bau- und Kunstwerken den eigentlichen Schlüssel zu architektonischer Qualität. Dem steht eine ältere Forschungsrichtung gegenüber, welche die emotionalen Anmutungen von „Stimmungsarchitektur“ (Dieter Bartetzko) grundsätzlich skeptisch beurteilt.

Das Themenfeld der Atmosphäre ist in der Ästhetik eng mit jenen der „Präsenz“ und „Zeitlichkeit“ verbunden. Das Erleben von Atmosphären und die Präsenzerfahrung eines Bau- oder Kunstwerks beziehen sich auf Formen unmittelbarer, nicht medial vermittelter Wahrnehmung, welche die persönliche Anwesenheit des Betrachters notwendig macht. Durch die Wahrnehmung und Vergegenwärtigung von Atmosphären werden Orte der Präsenz geschaffen. Diese Orte der Präsenz können kontinuierliche Manifestationen oder plötzliche Einschläge einer emotionalen Wirklichkeit sein. Das Erleben von Atmosphären unterliegt so einer Zeitstruktur, die ausdehnbar ist.

In einer Zeit, in der das Erleben von Kunst und Architektur durch vielfältige Formen medialer Vermittlung geprägt und gekennzeichnet ist, drückt das Interesse an Präsenz und Atmosphären das Bedürfnis aus, einen unmittelbaren Modus der Erfahrung zurückzugewinnen. Dieses Bedürfnis kann auch als Nostalgie gelesen werden, zu vormodernen Formen emotionalen Erlebens zurückzukehren, die durch die Moderne geschädigt wurden. Vokabeln, die in diesem Themenfeld im Architekturdiskurs ebenfalls auftauchen, sind „poetisch“, „auratisch“ oder „heilig“ – letztere verbinden den Begriff der Präsenz mit seinem historischen Ursprung in der Theologie.

Die kommende Ausgabe der Online-Zeitschrift archimaera ( ist dem Themenfeld der Atmosphären gewidmet. Wir laden dazu ein, konkurrierende Zugangsweisen zum Phänomen und Begriff der Atmosphäre in der Architektur darzustellen und zu diskutieren. Der Brückenschlag zu anderen Bereichen künstlerischer und gestalterischer Arbeit (Literatur/ Film/ Fotographie/ Musik/ Soundscapes/ Bühnenbild/ Werbung usw.), in denen Atmosphären von prägender Bedeutung sind, ist willkommen. Gibt es Transfers aus diesen Bereichen atmosphärischer Suggestion in die Architektur?
Ebenso ist der Blick auf Strategien zur Erzeugung emotionaler Effekte in der Architektur selbst wichtiges Thema. Zu denken ist an architektonische Strategien, um Raum- und Architekturerfahrungen durch bestimmte Qualitäten und Materialien, durch Reduktion und Isolation, durch den Einsatz ungewöhnlicher Proportionen oder durch technische Mittel zu inszenieren und zu intensivieren.

Schließlich laden wir zu Beiträgen ein, welche die aktuelle Auseinandersetzung mit Atmosphären in der Architektur kritisch diskutieren und einordnen. Lassen sich Atmosphären aus der inhärenten Präsenz oder Qualität eines Objekts ableiten? Inwiefern ist die Wahrnehmung von Atmosphären durch vorausliegende Erfahrungen und Ereignisse mitbestimmt? Welchen erkenntnistheoretischen Status kann man Atmosphären zuschreiben? Sind Atmosphären subjektiv, objektiv oder quasi-objektiv? Sind Atmosphären zeitlich fixierbare oder flüchtige, ephemere Erfahrungsmomente? Rufen unterschiedliche kulturelle Prägungen unterschiedliche Wahrnehmungen von Atmosphäre hervor? Inwiefern erzeugt die Publikation von Beispielen atmosphärischer Architektur in der Fachpresse bestimmte Seh- und Erwartungshaltungen?

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CfP: „Researching Metaphor – cognitive and other“, Genova (31.01.2019)

Call for Papers für die Konferenz „Researching Metaphor – cognitive and other“ | Genova (Italien)

Deadline Abstract: 31. Januar 2019 | Datum der Veranstaltung: 13.-15. Mai 2019

Following the conference Metaphor: retrospect and prospects organised in Genoa in May 2016, the research group won a PRIN (Progetto di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale) award from the Italian government to further our work in the area of Cognitive Metaphor and the intense debate surrounding it, regarding the nature of metaphor, types of metaphor, classification of metaphors, metaphor and psychological theory, modes of research into metaphor, including corpus-based methodologies, concrete applications of metaphor theory to text and multimedial analysis. Just as the theoretical domains are extremely wide-ranging, so are the domains of application, with every area of language having been treated − literary, conversation, advertising, politics, classroom, art, medicine, law, economics, the world-wide web and other modes of multimedial communication, to name but a few.

Papers are therefore invited from all disciplines, including literature, linguistics, psychology, sociology, criminology, anthropology, communication studies, medicine, the hard and soft sciences, on any aspect of metaphor theory and its applications. Papers are also welcome which trace the development of metaphor theory and how developments in metaphor theory are related to more general developments in the field of scientific discovery.

Work in progress which is already under way and which is at a stage where progress made can provide valuable insights will also be given due consideration.

The conference languages are English and French. Publication(s) will follow, details of which will be announced at the end of the conference. When submitting their proposal, authors should indicate which of the two conference languages they will be delivering their paper in.

Scholars who have accepted to give a keynote lecture are:
Marc Bonhomme
Jonathan Charteris-Black
Monika Fludernik
Ray Gibbs
Zoltan Kovecses
Gerard Steen
Rita Temmerman

Submitting proposals:
We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations (followed by 10 minutes for discussion). Please note that all the rooms will be equipped with computer, DVD player and overhead projector so you can project all supported documents, spreadsheets, presentations and films. Should you require any special equipment beyond these standard applications, please specify these requirements in your abstract.

Please send an abstract of no more than 400 words to the Conference email address:

Abstracts should be sent as email attachments in .doc format and should be named ‘Surname_Abstract_Metaphor 2019’. They should contain the following structural elements: (a) your full name, academic position, academic affiliation, email address, postal address, (b) a recognisable thesis/statement or research question, (c) an explanation of the methodology, (d) a short reference to emerging results (if applicable), (e) a list of keywords, (f) a short list of key references (max. 5).

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31st January 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be sent within two weeks of receipt of a proposal.

Detailed information on the conference, travel, accommodation etc. may be found at the conference website at

The standard information and an automatic enrolment system will be running ASAP.

The Organising Committee: Michele Prandi, John Douthwaite, Micaela Rossi, Elisabetta Zurru, Ilaria Rizzato

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CfP: „Monstruosité(s) du réel dans le roman des femmes“, Vancouver (15.12.2018)

Call for Papers für den Workshop „Monstruosité(s) du réel dans le roman des femmes“ | Vancouver

Deadline Abstract: 15. Dezember 2018 | Annahmebestätigung: 15. Januar 2019

Monstruosité(s) du réel dans le roman des femmes

Cet atelier poursuit deux objectifs, le premier découlant de la problématique, le second du corpus. Il s’agira tout d’abord de s’intéresser à l’introduction, dans la fiction, de matériaux monstrueux, horrifiants et « abjects » (Kristeva) ayant leur source dans la réalité, aussi bien à l’échelle collective que dans la sphère privée : génocides, guerres, meurtres, attentats, viols, torture, mais aussi violence conjugale, méchanceté, intimidation, exploitation, maltraitance, séquestration, etc. Les participant·e·s à cet atelier chercheront à établir le rapport que ces écrits entretiennent avec la monstruosité. Le monstrueux est-il toujours là où on l’attend ? Quel est le rôle du référent monstrueux dans la construction et la publication/dissémination des récits ? Quel impact a-t-il sur le plan formel (techniques narratives, procédés stylistiques, effets de réel, etc.) ? Quel est le « lector in fabula » (Eco) ou, si l’on préfère, quelle coopération interprétative ces écrits suscitent-/exigent-ils ? Dans quelle mesure peut-on parler d’une dénonciation du monstrueux conformément à une démarche éthique ? Une forme de complicité thématique entre littérature et monstruosité est-elle à l’œuvre dans ces textes ?

L’autre grand objectif de cet atelier est de contribuer à l’avancement du discours critique sur le roman des femmes de 1900 à aujourd’hui. C’est pourquoi toutes les méthodologies, toutes les aires francophones et toutes les variantes génériques (du roman « pur » au roman d’anticipation, historique, érotique, satirique, fantastique ou noir, parmi d’autres) sont admises. La priorité ira cependant aux œuvres ayant peu retenu l’attention des chercheurs, dans l’esprit des rubriques « revie littéraire » et « écrivains méconnus du xxesiècle » que proposent respectivement les revues Roman 20-50 et Nuit blanche. En revanche, les nouvelles, les autobiographies, les récits-témoignage et toute forme narrative autre que le roman ne feront pas partie du corpus.

Les participant·e·s pourront en outre s’inspirer des axes de réflexion suivants :

  • Collusion du réel et du fictionnel à l’aune du monstrueux
  • Les notions du deuil, du traumatisme et de la résilience appliquées au roman
  • Figures référentielles liées aux deux guerres mondiales
  • Mémoire et distorsions de la mémoire/de l’Histoire
  • La littérature comme expression aiguë du mal (Bataille)
  • Frontières et pouvoirs romanesques de la monstruosité
  • Éthique de l’écriture du monstrueux
  • Focalisation et vocalisation de la figure monstrueuse
  • Comment « connaître » et comment « dire » le monstrueux
  • La monstruosité silencieuse et le non-dit

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CfP für The Polish Journal of Aesthetics mit dem Thema „The Philosopher Franz K.“ (31.12.2018)

Call for Papers für The Polish Journal of Aesthetics No. 53 (2/2019)

Deadline Abstract: 31. Dezember 2018 | Erscheinungsdatum: 2019

Call for Papers

The Polish Journal of Aesthetics No. 53 (2/2019)

The Philosopher Franz K.

Barry Smith (University at Buffalo)
Monika Stępień (University of Warsaw)
Sonia Kamińska (Jagiellonian University)
Franz Kafka is one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, and thus one of the writers most often discussed by philosophers. In this issue, we view the author of The Trial and Metamorphosis as a philosopher, drawing attention not only to the traces of philosophical thinking in his writings and correspondence, but also to his educational and cultural background.

We invite papers on topics such as the following:

  • Kafka as student and heir of Franz Brentano and Anton Marty, and his relations to the so-called Brentano School
  • Kafka and Prague (the Café Louvre: Christian von Ehrenfels, Hugo Bergman, Emil Utitz, Oskar Pollak, Oskar Kraus, Alfred Kastil, Berta Fanta, Ida Freund, Max Brod)
  • Kafka as inspiration for existential philosophy
  • Kafka and vegetarianism
  • Did Kafka foresee totalitarian regimes?
  • Kafka’s Jewish heritage
  • Kafka and aesthetics
  • Kafka and Nietzsche
  • Kafka and Meister Eckhart
  • Kafka’s influence on philosophy

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2018.

Please note, that all submissions for The Polish Journal of Aesthetics take place exclusively by using online form „Submission“. Texts submitted by e-mail will not be considered.

Papers should be in English and should be thoroughly reviewed by English native speakers before submission. They should include abstract, a list of key words, bibliography, and a note on the author. All details are provided at
The Polish Journal of Aesthetics is a philosophical-aesthetic periodical which since 2001 has been published quarterly by the Institute of Philosophy of Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland. The journal has a long editorial tradition and is affiliated with one of the oldest European universities; at the same time, it is undergoing continuous systematic development. The editors’ goal is to implement and maintain the highest international publishing standards and practices, resulting in the publication of articles and papers on a high substantive level addressing important and timely issues concerning artistic performances and activities. Each year four volumes of the journal are published: two regular and two thematic, devoted to specific issues of aesthetics and philosophy of art, prepared in co-operation with experts in the given thematic field. Calls for papers for thematic volumes are sent out separately.
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Call for Papers für die Konferenz „INTERSECTIONS OF GENDER AND MYTH IN CANADIAN CULTURE AND MEDIA“ | Universität Kassel

Deadline Abstract: 04. November 2018 | Datum der Veranstaltung: 27.-29. Juni 2019

Call for Papers

16th Annual Conferece oft he Emerging Scholars‘ Forum of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries:


University of Kassel | 27 – 29 June 2019

„Because it’s 2015.“ Since at least Justin Trudeau’s swearing-in as Prime Minister, when his succint explanation of his new gender balanced cabinet drew international attention, gender sensitivity has intesified, and gender equality is increasingly foregrounded in Canadian culture and media. Laws protecting the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination have been issued, a third gender option has been introduced, and since 2018, even the national anthem aims at gender-neutrally inspiring patriotism in all Canadians. Today, Canada is perceived as a forerunner in raising societal awareness of gender issues – a vanguard position that brings about both support and criticism. While Canada’s gender parity laws are adopted by other countires, Trudeau’s 2018 suggestion to speak of „peoplekind“ rather than „mankind“ to be more inclusive has caused approval as much as bemusement. These gender deabtes are mirrored in Canadian media and art. Many current television shows and series refer to LGBTQ+ issues or reflect on the implication of gender norms in power structures. More and more women writers establish  themselves on the Canadian and international book markets and give rise tot he „gender novel“ as recent reviews claim.

As the reception on Canadian culture and media as avant-gardist concerning gender sensitivity and representation builds up, and as visibility oft he LGBTQ+ community increases, it is time to analyse this contemporary development and its historical, political and sociological roots. Some ot these roots go as far back as to the Canadian First Nations and are embedded in myth.   Comprising sacred lore, foundational narratives, and fairy tales, myths express fundamental principles and perpetuate the norms and values of a society. They thus function as guidelines for peoples‘ live and influence cultural understanding till today.

The 16th annual conference of the Emerging Scholars‘ Forum wants to pursue the proposition of gender and myth being intricately connected within Canadian culture and media and to examine those intersections of gender and myth in closer detail and from multiple angles. Encompassing such diverse disciplines as history, political science, sociology, literary and new media studies, mythological studies and Indigenous histories, this conference aims to encourage academic discourse on gender, myth, and their interdependencies, ranging from the realm oft he contemporary entertainment industry to the historical field of fairy tale studies, and touching upon the specifications oft he Canadian nation.

The following questions could serve as starting points for a constructive discussion: How can gender an myth be understood within various contexts of Canadian studies and how are they portrayed in factual as well as in fictional texts? How are gender and myth intertwined: can gender be regarded as myth in a so-called-post-feminist era and can myth be seen as gendered in Canadian cultural features and medial representations? What are the specifics of those intersections of gender and myth in Canadian culture and what distinguishes the Canadian perspective from other approaches to gender-myth intersections?

The conference will take place from 27 to 29 June 2019 at the University of Kassel. It is intended as an open forum for emerging scholars in the interdisciplinary field of Canadian studies to present their ongoing research and exchange ideas with colleagues and fellow Canada-enthusiasts. We therefore invite advanced B.A. and M.A. students, doctoral students, and post-docs of all research fields connected to Canadian studies to submit papers in English or French that are related to a wide spectrum of categories such as:

  • cultural studies
  • feminist and gender studies
  • mythological and fairy tale studies
  • meanings of gender and myth in various Canadian contexts
  • Canada’s historical, political, and sociological takes on gender an myth
  • Canada’s present discourses, norms, and practices concerning gender and myth
  • gender equality and equity
  • queer activism and LGBTQ+ communities
  • intersectionality
  • interrelations between gender and myth: myths of gender and gendered myths
  • representations of gender and myth in Canadian media and art: advertisement, literature, painting, movies, television and others
  • comparisons of Canadian representations of gender and myth with other countries‘ representations
  • mainstream vs. counter-narratives
  • factuality vs. fictionality
  • other critical topics of your research field which you believe have been neglected

Please send a 500-word abstract outlining the direction and objective of your paper and a 200-word biographical note to by 4 November 2018. We are looking forward to your contributions and are excited to welcome you in Kassel in 2019!

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CfP: „Memory, Melancholy and Nostalgia“, Gdansk (20.10.2018)

Call for Papers für die dritte internationale und interdisziplinäre Konferenz „Memory, Melancholy and Nostalgia“| Gdansk (Polen)

Deadline Abstract: 20. Oktober 2018 | Datum der Veranstaltung: 03.-04. Dezember 2018

In our modern world, which some have argued to be disjointed while immersing itself ever deeper in crisis, the turning back towards “the olden days” and the ensuing nostalgia constitute a noticeable phenomenon, both individually (the memory of biography) and collectively (the memory of History). Another important – and seemingly also quite noticeable – phenomenon is the longing for something vague, indefinite or never existent.

Hence, during our second interdisciplinary conference we would like to concentrate again on the phenomena of nostalgia and melancholy. We are interested in all expressions of longing for the past, from the reassuring and action-propelling ones to those which paralyze us, bringing despair and utter dejection.

Our first conference on memory, melancholy and nostalgia took place in September 2015. We hosted about 100 scholars representing universities and research institutions from all over the world.

This year, we want to describe the experience of nostalgia and melancholy in its multifarious manifestations: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, economic, political, artistic, and many others. We will also devote considerable attention to how these phenomena appear and transform in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre, and visual arts. This is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: anthropology, history, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, law, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, migration studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, psychiatry, cognitive sciences, design, project management et al.

Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical investigations, problem-oriented arguments, and comparative analyses.

We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

We hope that due to its interdisciplinary nature, the conference will bring many interesting observations on and discussions about the role of memory, melancholy and nostalgia in the past and in the present-day world.

Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:
I. Memory and Affects

  • unwanted memory
  • nostalgia or melancholy?
  • non-melancholic nostalgia
  • nostalgia and longing
  • the healing power of nostalgia
  • nostalgia as an illness
  • nostalgia and depression
  • nostalgia and psychoanalysis

II. Common Experiences

  • nostalgic epochs
  • nostalgic nations
  • nostalgic generations
  • nostalgia and the myth of eternal return
  • nostalgia, melancholy and totalitarianisms
  • nostalgia and war
  • nostalgia and melancholy of the expelled
  • nostalgic patriotism
  • nostalgia and nationalism
  • nostalgia and gender
  • nostalgia and religion
  • nostalgia and language
  • nostalgia and melancholy in the postmodern world
  • nostalgia and post-memory

III. Individual Experiences

  • return to childhood
  • nostalgia for something indefinite
  • nostalgia for the future
  • nostalgia for a traumatic experience
  • nostalgia, melancholy and old age
  • nostalgia, melancholy and death
  • nostalgia, melancholy and mourning
  • nostalgia, melancholy and love
  • nostalgia, melancholy and imagination
  • nostalgic phantasms
  • nostalgic dreams

IV. The Arts

  • nostalgia and melancholy as a theme in literature, film, and theatre
  • nostalgic literature
  • nostalgic cinema
  • literature and the arts as a vehicle of memory
  • literature, theatre and film in search of lost time
  • nostalgic literary genres
  • melancholic artists

V. Society

  • nostalgia and political movements
  • nostalgia, melancholy and memory places
  • nostalgia, melancholy and memorials
  • nostalgia, melancholy and incentives
  • nostalgia, melancholy and community development
  • nostalgia, melancholy and migration
  • nostalgia, melancholy and meaning-making
  • nostalgia, melancholy and drive to change
  • nostalgia and product development
  • nostalgia and melancholy in the work environment
  • nostalgia and melancholy in international development
  • nostalgia and melancholy in leadership
  • nostalgia and melancholy in policy

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 20 October 2018 to:

The conference language is English.

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Wolfsmänner und Serialität: Zwei E-Books für die AVL

Liebe LeserInnen des avldigital BLOG,

das E-Book-Paket aus dem transcript-Verlag, das der Fachinformationsdienst Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft (FID AVL) der komparatistischen Fachcommunity zur Verfügung stellt, ist um zwei weitere Titel aus dem Jahr 2018 ergänzt worden:

In Wolfsmänner zeichnet Achim Geisenhanslüke die Geschichte einer schwierigen Figur von der Antike bis in die Gegenwart nach. Der Sammelband Serialität und Moderne. Feuilleton, Stummfilm, Avantgarde, herausgegeben von Daniel Winkler, Martina Stemberger und Ingo Pohn-Lauggas fasst verschiedene Beiträge zusammen, die die Herausbildung der seriellen Massenkultur in der Moderne beschreiben.

Eine vollständige Liste der verfügbaren E-Books und die Zugangsbedingungen finden Sie unter Die E-Books werden im Rahmen der DFG-Förderlinie Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft einem exklusiven Nutzerkreis zur Verfügung gestellt. Falls Sie dem Nutzerkreis angehören und auf die E-Books zugreifen wollen, folgen Sie einfach dieser Anleitung. Haben Sie Fragen? Kontaktieren Sie uns gerne für zusätzliche Informationen!

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