Graduate Student Conference 2014

Co-organized by the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies (Univ. of British Columbia), the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies (Univ. of Victoria), and the Department of Germanics (Univ. of Washington). Hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.

October 17-18, 2014GraduateConf_poster_2014_revised

None of a Kind – Solutions to Dissolution

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Feststellung: The amount of accessible, stored knowledge today is unprecedented; yet life changes. These observations may seem trivial but they frame a profound dilemma: While we are busy assessing everything and discerning it into ever smaller categories, life around us continues; and what we encounter today may no longer match our categories of yesterday. As soon as a paradigm seems fixed, new angles demand a shift. The only possible Feststellung then is almost socratic: There is nothing festzustellen. This conference looks at knowledge and perceptions in flux and how we deal with it.

What happens in literature when a traditional category has become invalid? How do we articulate sudden change or slow transformation? How may imagery adapt to expressing new perspectives on familiar subjects? Where can we identify the validity and risks of labels? What does the space in between categories look like?

Our interest lies in the roles of the human, time, and context in the creation, development, management and transfer of knowledge. The felt need for categorization despite constant change constitutes a dilemma of individual and social dimensions and raises questions of identity, academic work, and truth.

Possible areas of interest include but are not limited to:

* The configuration of society
* What constitutes a family
* The effects of migration
* Church and religion
* The meaning of time
* Technological advances
* Human vs. Non-Human
* The role of gender
* Language evolution
* Nature vs. the urban

Call for Papers
We welcome submissions of approx. 300-word abstracts by June 30, 2014. Presentations may be held in German or English for approx. 20 mins followed by 10 mins of discussion. The organizers are applying for funding to partly subsidize presenters’ travel expenses. Please send proposals as Word or PDF files to all three organizers: Tim Höllering (UBC), Zola Kell (UVic), and Justin Mohler (UW).