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In 2019, Joanna Rostek has co-edited two special issues of the Journal for the Study of British Culture (JSBC).
The first issue, "Brexit and the Divided United Kingdom" , focuses on issues related to Brexit and British Cultural Studies, including chapters on the relationship between the Brexit referendum and British austerity politics, pro-Brexit voices in British comedy, the London Olympics Opening Ceremony 2012, racism in the United Kingdom and cultural linguistic perspectives on Brexit.
The second issue, "Literatures of Brexit", focuses on (new) literary approaches and narrative texts trying to make sense of Brexit, including chapters on Ali Smith's 'Seasonal Quartet', Ian McEwan's Nutshell, as well as patriotism, nationalism and immigration in (British) literature.
All welcome to the Student Conference "Virginia Woolf, Bloomsbury and Adaptations" in cooperation with Bonn University, June 26th-28th, in Room B 410 (see programme).
Conference: Rechtsgefühle. Die Relevanz des Affektiven für die Rechtsentwicklung in pluralen Rechtskulturen
Feelings about Justice/Law
The Relevance of Affect to the Development of Law in Pluralistic Legal Cultures
June 13 – 14, 2019
Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Senatssaal,
Ludwigstr. 23, 35390 Giessen
Thursday, June 13, 2019
10:30 AM Welcome and Refreshments
11:00 AM Prof. Greta Olson/Prof. Franz Reimer (Giessen): Introductory Remarks
11:15 AM Prof. Gabriele Britz (Justice of the German Federal Constitutional Court, Karlsruhe/Giessen):
12:15 PM Lunch
II) Feelings about Justice/Law from a Historical Perspective
1:15 PM Prof. Thorsten Keiser, LL.M. (Civil Law, Giessen): „Rechtsgefühle – Schlaglichter und
1:30 PM Prof. Sylvia Kesper-Biermann (Educational Researcher, Hamburg): „Rechtsgefühl und
Menschenrechte: Das Folterverbot im langen 19. Jahrhundert“
2:00 PM Dr. Alexander Krey (Legal History, Frankfurt am Main): „‚Laienrichter‘ und ihr Rechtsgefühl
im Spätmittelalter: Annäherung über die Gerichtsbuchüberlieferung“
2:30 PM Discussion
Discussant: PD Dr. Margrit Seckelmann, M.A. (Administrative Law and Legal History,
III) Feelings about Justice/Law from a Comparative Perspective
3:30 PM Prof. Greta Olson (Cultural Studies, Giessen): “Rechtsgefühle and the Affective Turn in Legal
3:45 PM Dr. Alice Ollino, LL.M. (Public International Law, Università degli Studi di Milano-
Bicocca)/Prof. Paolo Zicchittu (Constitutional Law, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca):
“The Sense of Justice in European Courts: Reflections on Religious Pluralism Case Law”
4:15 PM Discussion and Coffee Break
5:00 PM Prof. Frans-Willem Korsten (Cultural Studies, Leiden/Rotterdam): “Sovereignty: Denying
Idiocy while Appealing to Reason – The Cases in Jelinek’s Ulrike Maria Stuart”
5:30 PM Discussion
6:00 PM End of the Academic Part of the First Conference Day
8:00 PM Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Film and Discussion in the Margarete-Bieber-Saal, Ludwigstrasse 34, Giessen
Friday, June 14, 2019
IV) Feelings about Justice/Law in the Judiciary and Jurisprudence
09:45 AM Prof. Franz Reimer (Public Law, Giessen): „Rechtsgefühle ernstgenommen“
10:00 AM Keynote: Prof. Jeanne Gaakeer, LL.M. (Senior Justice/Legal Theory, Rotterdam/Den Haag):
“Consulting One’s Legal Consciousness: Unsimple Fact or Dangerous Fiction?”
10:30 AM Discussion and Coffee Break
11:30 AM Dr. Wilhelm Wolf (President of the District Court, Frankfurt am Main): „Rechtsgefühle in der
Justiz zwischen Rechtssoziologie und Methodenlehre“
12:00 PM Discussion
12:30 PM Prof. Thorsten Keiser, LL.M. (Civil Law, Giessen): Closing Remarks
12:45 PM Lunch and Conclusion
We would like to thank our sponsor
In 2018, Joanna Rostek has published several articles in the field of economic criticism, situated at the interface of literary analysis, cultural studies and economics. Note that the co-authored article on "The Value of Economic Criticism Reconsidered: Approaching Literature and Culture through the Lens of Economics" is available as a free download (see link below) and might be of particular interest for MFKW students who pursue research projects on literature, culture, and the economy/economics.
- "English Women's Economic Thought in the 1790s: Domestic Economy, Married Women's Economic Dependence, and Access to Professions". Routledge Handbook of the History of Women’s Economic Thought. Ed. Kirsten K. Madden and Robert W. Dimand. Abingdon: Routledge, 2018. 33-52. [Info]
- with Ellen Grünkemeier and Nora Pleßke. "The Value of Economic Criticism Reconsidered: Approaching Literature and Culture through the Lens of Economics". Introduction. Proceedings Anglistentag 2017. Ed. Anne-Julia Zwierlein, Jochen Petzold, Katharina Boehm, and Martin Decker. Trier: WVT, 2018. 117-125. [Free download via www.wvttrier.de]
- "Fictions of Capitalism: Accounting for Global Capitalism's Social Costs in Catherine O'Flynn's What Was Lost (2007), Sebastian Faulks's A Week in December (2009), and John Lanchester's Capital (2012)". The English Novel in the 21st Century: Cultural Concerns – Literary Developments – Model Interpretations. Ed. Vera Nünning & Ansgar Nünning. Trier: WVT, 2018. 139-153. [Info]
- "Implementing Feminist Economics for the Study of Literature: The Economic Dimensions of Charlotte Brontë's Shirley Revisited". Brontë Studies43.1 (2018): 78–88. Access via: https://doi.org/10.1080/14748932.2018.1389153
Wegen des anhaltenden Regens kann die Lesung leider nicht wie geplant im botanischen Garten stattfinden. Thom Conroy liest um 19.30 Uhr im Grossen Zoologischen Hörsaal, Stephanstr. 24 (rückseitig JLU Hauptgebäude).
Der Gießener Naturforscher Ernst Dieffenbach wurde als einer der ersten europäischen Forscher von der Londoner New Zealand Company angeheuert, um das bis dahin weitgehend unbekannte Land zu erkunden. Māori, neuseeländische Ureinwohner, kannten ihn als Entdecker, der zuerst kulturelle Verantwortung aufbrachte und der sich ihre Sprache Te Reo Māori fließend aneignete. Dieffenbachs zukunftsgerichtete Ansichten über Rassengleichheit und Māori-Rechte wurden jedoch zu einer Herausforderung für die Company, die in erster Linie versuchte, Siedler anzuziehen. Wegen der über seinen Auftrag hinausgehenden Kontakte zu Māori wird er im historischen Gedächtnis des Inselstaats bis in die heutige Zeit hoch geschätzt.
Thom Conroy, Autor und Dozent für kreatives Schreiben an der Massey University Palmerston North in Neuseeland, forschte sechs Jahre über das Leben Ernst Dieffenbachs und veröffentlichte seine Ergebnisse 2014 in Form des historischen Romans The Naturalist, in dem er seine Version der Lebensgeschichte »eines der besten Söhne Gießens« erzählt. Seine Kurzgeschichten, die er auch unter dem Pseudonym Thomas Gough veröffentlichte, wurden international mehrfach ausgezeichnet.
Dienstag, 12.6. – 19:30 Uhr
Moderation: Andrea Rummel (LZG | Institut für Anglistik)
Die Lesung wird in englischer Sprache stattfinden.
Call for Papers – Special Issue of the Journal for the Study of British Cultures – Brexit and the Divided Kingdom
Prof. Dr. Joanna Rostek, University of Giessen
Prof. Dr. Anne-Julia Zwierlein, University of Regensburg
Prof. Dr. Ina Habermann, University of Basel
Call for Papers
Special Issue of the Journal for the Study of British Cultures
Brexit and the Divided Kingdom
Although it is yet too early to draw conclusions about the ongoing public debate on Brexit, Britain’s tight vote to leave the European Union has certainly been read as a manifestation of deep divisions across the country. Political scientists Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin claim in “Britain after Brexit: A Nation Divided” (2017) that “for all the country’s political parties, articulating and responding to the divisions that were laid bare in the Brexit vote will be the primary electoral challenge of tomorrow.” The divisions brought into focus since the referendum are indeed manifold: 52% vs. 48%; England vs. Scotland vs. Wales vs. Northern Ireland; city vs. countryside; liberal vs. conservative; old vs. young; high vs. low level of education; affluent vs. poor; professional vs. manual; migrant vs. non-migrant, ‘elite’ vs. ‘the people’, etc. Importantly, these rifts are multi-dimensional, intersectional, and far from neatly binary, as they cut across the political spectrum, uprooting and reorganising traditional allegiances and socio-cultural affinities. The complex motivations behind the Brexit vote thus make visible the need to critically revisit established concepts of social and cultural analysis (such as cosmopolitanism, populism, nationalism, sovereignty, etc.) and to probe their heuristic value for explaining recent social, political, and cultural developments.
This need is also borne out by the multi-faceted and contradictory reactions to the referendum across politics, the media, and culture. Somewhat paradoxically, what seems to unite many of these reactions is a deeply ingrained ‘us vs. them’ mentality. The Daily Mail decried judges who had ruled that parliament as the sovereign must endorse Brexit as “Enemies of the People”, while British author Julian Barnes criticised “an over-confident political elite” in his dissection of Tory party rhetoric for the London Review of Books. Theresa May sought to counter the social rifts in her speech on triggering Article 50 of the EU Treaty by pleading: “So let us do so together. Let us come together and work together. Let us together choose to believe in Britain with optimism and hope.”
Some literary negotiations of the referendum have attempted to represent and give voice to people across the divides. Carol Ann Duffy’s play My Country: A Work in Progress (2017), which is partly based on responses to interviews conducted by the UK Arts Councils in the British regions, includes the perspectives of Leave and Remain voters. A similar plurality marks the mini-plays Brexit Shorts: Dramas from a Divided Nation (2017), created by nine British playwrights and commissioned by The Guardian. Brexit novels such as Amanda Craig’s The Lie of the Land (2017) or Douglas Board’s Time of Lies (2017), by contrast, are satirical projections of an imagined post-Brexit Britain.
Bearing in mind that Brexit will remain an ongoing and dynamic phenomenon, the aim of the JSBC issue on “Brexit and the Divided Kingdom” is to analyse and critically assess the role of the discursive motif of ‘a divided nation’ in the context of the referendum. We are looking for contributions exploring British and European perspectives and we hope to see re-examinations of some entrenched debates about popular culture, media culture, and their relations to power. For instance: to what extent do literary/popular/media/academic reactions to Brexit respond to, and to what extent do they perpetuate divisions? Is the current public debate on Brexit conducive to bridging divides or is such a debate per se impossible in a digital world? Who is (in)audible and (in)visible within the Brexit debates? What channels are used and who are the (intended and actual) audiences? How do the postulated divisions call into question established tools of social and cultural analysis?
We invite contributions on the above and related topics, from cultural and literary studies, but also related disciplines such as political science, media studies, European history and human geography, with a view to national and transnational, present and past constellations, and to fictional and non-fictional materials. Individual contributions must address Brexit and relate it to the following or additional aspects:
- the employment, construction, and circulation of the tropes of ‘a divided nation’ in the context of Brexit,
- redefinitions of class, race, gender, age in political/literary/cultural debates about Brexit,
- Brexit and regionalism,
- Brexit and nationalism/national identity,
- academic, media, and/or cultural sector discourses on Brexit,
- Brexit in literature, drama, and the arts,
- Brexit in party politics and rhetoric,
- reactions to Brexit from outside the UK,
- discourses of populism(s) and elitism(s) in the context of Brexit,
- Brexit and migration,
- Brexit and austerity,
- Brexit and imperial nostalgia,
Please submit abstracts (300 words) and a short bio note by April 16, 2018, to all three guest editors:
- Joanna Rostek (email@example.com)
- Anne-Julia Zwierlein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Ina Habermann (email@example.com)
Finished papers (5,000 words) will be due by August 31, 2018.
Jan Alber and Greta Olson with Birte Christ, eds. How to Do Things with Narrative: Cognitive and Diachronic Perspectives. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2018, featuring an article by Vera Nünning and Ansgar Nünning.
The monograph also contains an essay by a former member of the department, Dr. Daniel Hartley.
The Politics of Form attempts to use traditional philological and narratological models and modes of analysis to better understand the political present.
Click here for The Politics of Form, eds. Sarah Copland and Greta Olson, eds. Abingdon: Routledge, 2018.