Dear list members,
this conference seems to promise not to simply reproduce the topos that representations of German suffering had been 'taboo' before 'Im Krebsgang'.
Best wishes, Christine
>Call for Papers
>Interdisciplinary Conference, March 5 and 6, 2004
>Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, U.S.A.
>German Suffering/Deutsches Leid: Re(-)presentations
>“The sufferings most often deemed worthy of representation are those
>understood to be the product of wrath, divine or human.” Susan Sontag’s
>dictum seems to describe quite accurately the perceptions that have
>endorsed and perpetuated the topos of the ‘German suffering’ in the post-
>war Federal Republic.
>Such groups as the German expellees, POWs and civilians in the Gulag,
>victims of rape and Allied air raids have haunted—and at times explicitly
>dominated—West German political, literary, visual, and historiographic
>discourses in the wake of 1945. The regularity of their
>re-presentation in the public sphere as well as their versatile
>representations in various media prompt one to ask about the appeal of what
>a scholar dubbed the ‘musty charm of the German victim status’ (Erik
>Franzen), seemingly evident again in the recent controversy over
>the ‘Center against Expulsions’ (‘Zentrum gegen Vertreibungen’).
>Conference organizers invite submissions illuminating (dis)continuities of
>such multiple representations in various social and cultural settings or
>processes, theorizing constructions of victimhood, or focusing on
>representational forms, tropes, techniques, media, and constraints. Papers
>employing new methods, analytical frameworks, and previously little
>explored historical, literary, or visual sources will be especially
>Please submit abstracts not exceeding 300 words in length electronically to
>Yuliya Komska ([log in to unmask]) and Ole Frahm ([log in to unmask]) by
>December 1, 2003. Acceptances will be announced by December 14, 2003.
>Sponsored by the Department of German Studies and the Institute for German
>Cultural Studies, Cornell University