CFP: German Graduate Conference “Deviance – Am Rande seiner selbst”

Monday, June 24, 2019

Annual Graduate Conference
Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures

September 28-29, 2019, University of Toronto

“Das Gedicht heute behauptet sich am Rande seiner selbst; es ruft und holt sich, um bestehen zu können, unausgesetzt aus seinem Schon-nicht-mehr in sein Immer-noch zurück. Das Gedicht ist einsam. Es ist einsam und unterwegs. Das Gedicht will zu einem Andern, es braucht dieses Andere, es braucht ein Gegenüber. Es sucht es auf, es spricht sich ihm zu.”
Paul Celan

What is deviance and how is it problematized across German and Yiddish literary and cultural studies, and history? Is deviance problematic? What is the difference between deviant narratives and narratives of deviance?

The Graduate Conference Committee at the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Toronto invites papers on issues of deviance for its conference, to take place on September 28-29, 2019. Papers should address the status of genre, tendencies of exclusion and inclusion within the conventions and practices of producing literature and literary criticism, the contrast between old and new literary trends in the German, Yiddish and Jewish contexts, and retrace forms of protest and (dis)obedience or (non)conformity within the written word. Applications in the field of Yiddish Studies are particularly welcome as the organizing committee intends to form a full Yiddish panel. Applications can be in both English and German and can include, but are not restricted to fields such as:

  • Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Religion Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Modern Languages and Literatures

Please submit your abstracts (300 words max.) to germangraduateconference.uoft@gmail.com by July 15, 2019. The Graduate Conference Organizing Committee invites papers of 15-20 minutes duration on the conference topic of Deviance | “Am Rande seiner Selbst”.

Visit the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Toronto's website for more details. 

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