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Student Conference "Virginia Woolf, Bloomsbury and Adaptations", June 26th-28th

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


                                    I) Opening

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):

                       Keynote

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

                       Kategorien“

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,   

                       Speyer)

 

                       Coffee Break

 

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

                       Scholarship”

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

 

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Thesis Support Meetings SoSe 2019

Thesis Support Meetings SoSe 2019

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First Meeting of the Thesis Support - SoSe 2019

First Meeting of the Thesis Support - SoSe 2019

First Meeting Thesis Support SoSe 2019

Hard Times Magazine: Open Access

Hard Times Magazine, an academic journal launched in 1978 in Germany, publishes two annual issues with varying topics all connected to Great Britain and the Commonwealth. It offers short articles, discussions, and interviews to provide critical input/commentary on current cultural phenomena or political debates. 

Recently, Hard Times has moved online and can now be accessed for free via https://hard-times-magazine.org. Its latest issue, entitled "The Return of Politics", can already be found on the homepage. New issues to look out for are "Gender Today" and "The State of the Left". 

 

Analysing Literature, Culture, and Economics - New Contributions by Joanna Rostek

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

! Change of venue ! for June 12th, 7.30 pm: Thom Conroy reads from The Naturalist

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

Botanischer Garten
Eingang Sonnenstrasse
35390 Gießen

Eintritt frei

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:

 

Finished papers (5,000 words) will be due by August 31, 2018.

New publication by Jan Alber and Greta Olson with Birte Christ

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.

New publication by Greta Olson and Sarah Copland

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.

 

New publication by Greta Olson, Daniel Hartley, Mirjam Horn-Schott, and Leonie Schmidt

The Handbook contains contributions from current and former members of the GCSC as well as the wider JLU community, including Christoph Bovermann and Kathrin Ebmeier, Jordana Greenblatt, Franka Heise, Dr. Beatrice Michaelis, Shermal Wijewardene, and Katharina Zilles.

 

Beyond Gender documents the diversification of gender-related disciplines and struggles, arguing for a multidisciplinary approach to issues formerly subsumed under the unified field of gender studies. It explains current debates and historicizes terms such as first, second, and third-wave feminism, intersectionality, cis, trans*, queer*, social reproduction theory, and homonormativity.

 

The essays in Part I – “Undoing Gender Studies – Theoretical Positions” – demonstrate how the concept of gender has been critiqued by theories pertaining to masculinity, feminism, and sexuality. Readers are offered insights into feminist- and sexuality-related research in sociolinguistics, masculinity studies, social reproduction theory, and intersectionality. The essays in Part II – “Forms of Practice – Doing the After of Gender Studies” – illustrate how the binary and hierarchical ordering system of gender has been troubled or overcome in practice: in queer performance, legal critique, the classroom, and textual analysis. All of the essays envision alternative ways of theorizing and practising gender and sexuality.

 

Click here for Greta Olson, Daniel Hartley, Mirjam Horn-Schott, and Leonie Schmidt, eds. Beyond Gender: Futures of Feminist and Sexuality Studies – An Advanced Introduction. Routledge 2018.

Call for Papers: Graphic Realities: Comics as Documentary, History, and Journalism; International Conference 22-23.02.2018

Call for Papers

Graphic Realities: Comics as Documentary, History, and Journalism

International Conference

22.-23.02.2018, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen/GCSC

 

Please submit your proposals (no longer than 300 words) for talks (20 min) and a short CV including your affiliation to graphicrealities@gcsc.uni-giessen.de until November 3rd, 2017.

 

While   comics   have   traditionally   been   associated   with   fictional,   especially   funny  and/or fantastic stories, they have in recent decades become a major vehicle for nonfiction, as well. This development coincides with a time that has been described as ‘post-truth’, in which established news media face a crisis of confidence. The turn towards comics is a turn towards a medium, which inherently promotes simplification and exaggeration. Cartoon imagery thus immediately exhibits the subjectivity of the artist and her or his interpretation – but what could be considered a hindrance towards factual reporting has become an important resource. The overt display of subjectivity and medial limitations as a show of honesty has been escribed as an authentication strategy of graphic nonfiction. In contrast to formats based on camera-recorded images like photography and film nonfiction comics cannot lay claim to indexing premedial reality. Rather, individual graphic styles index their own creator who as witness becomes the main authenticator. Thus, comics shift the weight of authentication from medial   prerequisites   towards   their   authors   and   artists   and   thus   the   textual   properties referencing them. One of the questions that will be discussed at the conference is thus the relation of inherent medial properties of comics as vehicle for nonfiction.

While among graphic nonfiction life writing in particular has received widespread scholarly attention, this conference will focus on recent approaches to comics as documentary, history, and journalism. As opposed to graphic memoirs in which authors reflect upon their own lives and experiences, these works focus on the lives and experiences of others. Thus, authors and artists need to do justice towards their subjects, as well as to their own experience and negotiate their own voices within their stories. This becomes especially relevant as a majority of graphic reportages centers around highly traumatizing crises and catastrophes, such as war, displacement, natural disasters, and oppression. The conference is intended to explore how authors and artists utilize the medium of comics for nonfiction and address these ‘graphic realities’.

Invited Speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Jörn Ahrens (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen)
  • Dr. Nina Mickwitz (University of the Arts London)
  • Prof. Dr. Dirk Vanderbeke (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
  • Prof. Dr. Wibke Weber (Züricher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Winterthur)

Submission for talks should address one or more of the following questions:

  • How is the medium of comics employed for reportage, history writing, and to report on war, crises, and trauma?
  • Which narrative and aesthetic strategies do authors and artists employ to present and authenticate their comics as nonfiction?
  • How do the genres of ‘documentary’, ‘history’, and ‘journalism’ in comics relate to each other and how do they relate to other genres of graphic nonfiction such as ‘life-writing’ or educational formats?
  • Does the medium of comics inherently support nonfictionality, or does it depend on con- and paratexual framing practices?
  • How do different ‘transfer media’ such as comic books or webcomics affect the potential of comics for factual reporting?
  • How and to what extent is nonfictionality created through intermediality, especially with regard to more conventionally ‘factual’ media such as photography and film?
  • In how far do different comics traditions differ transnationally and -culturally with regard to their status as nonfiction?

Please submit your proposals (no longer than 300 words) for talks (20 min) and a short CV including your affiliation to graphicrealities@gcsc.uni-giessen.de until November 3rd, 2017.

The conference is organized as collaboration between the International Centre for the Study of Culture Giessen (GCSC) and the Comics Studies Working Group (AG Comicforschung) of the German Society for Media Studies (GfM) by Laura Schlichting (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen) and Johannes C. P. Schmid (University of Hamburg).

A membership in the Comics Studies Working Group is not mandatory for participation.

 

New Publication by Greta Olson

Click here for online access to a special Issue of On_Culture on "Law Undone: De-humanizing, Queering, and Dis-abling the Law. Further Arguments for Law´s Pluralities." ed. Greta Olson and Sonja Schillings, Vol. 3, Summer 2017.

New Publication by Greta Olson

For online access to a special Issue on “Law’s Pluralities,” German Law Journal 18.2 (2017), ed. Greta Olson and Franz Reimer, please click here

Lecture Series: Britain before/after Brexit

Summer Term 2017: Wednesdays 16-18

Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Ringvorlesung bereits regulär am Mittwoch den 19. April beginnt. Die erste Sitzung dient als Einführung und wird von Frau Prof. Dr. Rostek geleitet. Außerdem findet am 12. Juli eine Abschlusssitzung statt.