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Conference: IPP-Conference "Forms at Work"

When Nov 19, 2018 01:30 to
Nov 21, 2018 02:30
Where Phil. I, GCSC, R. 001
Contact Name
Contact Phone +49 641 / 99-30 055
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Forms at Work: New Formalist Approaches in Literary Studies

Responding to widespread critical assessments that formal analyses must move beyond traditional formalist and narratological approaches that either disregard or oversimplify the socio-political dimensions of a text, this international conference is intended to explore the methods, concepts, and theoretical frameworks employed in new formalist approaches to literary and cultural analysis.

We will bring together scholars to explore, gauge, and make sense of the challenges posed and addressed by formal analyses. The conference will provide a forum for discussing how forms “constrain,” “differ,” “overlap and intersect,” “travel,” and “do political work in particular historical contexts,” to borrow from Caroline Levine’s outline of “five influential ideas about how forms work” in her book Forms (2015: 4-5). Presentations and keynote lectures will critically engage with new formalist methods of interpretation and read form in terms of its socio-political dimensions. The conference is jointly organized by the International PhD Programme “Literary and Cultural Studies” (IPP) and the European PhDnet “Literary and Cultural Studies.”


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Monday, 19.11.18

13:30 Registration

14:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks (Ansgar Nünning, Elizabeth Kovach, Imke Polland)

14:30-16:00 Panel 1: “Form’s Ethical Dimensions: Boundaries, Hierarchies, Breaks

Daniela Henke (Freiburg): Unreadable Texts: What We Can Learn from Deconstructive Texts about Form and Ethics of Form

Vera Herold (Lisbon): Troubled Rhythms: Sacred Time, Poetic Time, Imperial Time and the End of Time

Leonie Schmidt (Giessen): The Either-Or Decision – Illustrating Binary Forms at Work by Means of the Patient’s Dilemma in Grey’s Anatomy

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:00 Panel 2: “Formed Subjects, Subjective Form: Characters and Narrators”

Alexandra Effe (Giessen): Forms at Work in Literary Testimony: Fictionality and Empathy

Julia Vaessen (Aachen): Cultural Models, Character Reception, and the Relevance of Form

Mareike Glier (Giessen): The Journals of Jim Elliot (1948-1955): Affordances and Constraints of the Modern Spiritual Diary

 18:00-20:00 Keynote Lecture: Wolfgang Hallet

The Cultural and Epistemological Power of Forms in the Novel

Dinner Reception in Foyer


Tuesday, 20.11.18

09:30-11:00 Panel 3: “The Politics of Form: Narratives and Social Realities

Christine Schwanecke (Mannheim): When Genres Collide: The Political Work of Narrative Form in Jacobean Tragedy

Alena Heinritz (Graz): Forms of Work as Work of Form: The Poetics of Work and Labour in Texts by Tret’yakov, Platonov and Shalamov

Ewelina Pepiak (Giessen): The Interracial Love Story as a Narrative Vehicle in 21st-Century French Cinema

 11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 Panel 4: “Cultural Forms in/of Negotiation: Clashes, Overlaps, Transitions”

Alexander Scherr (Giessen): The Fragment at Work: Transcendental Philosophy and ‘Victorian Romanticism’ in Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus (1834)

Iida Turpeinen (Helsinki): Affordances of Scientific Forms in the Works of Christian Bök

Kathrin Bethke (Kiel/Berlin): Love’s Accountants: Double-entry Bookkeeping and Literary Form in the Renaissance

13:00-14:30 Lunch in mensa

14:30-17:30 Workshop: Wolfgang Funk “What Form Knows: The Literary Text as Framework, Model, and Experiment”

Coffee Break

18:00-20:00 Keynote Lecture: Derek Attridge

It Don’t Mean a Thing: The Experience of Form in the Contemporary Novel

Conference Dinner (at Zum Loewen)


Wednesday, 21.11.18

09:30-10:30 Panel 5: “New Formalisms of Things: Objects, Places, Perspectives”

Philipp Kohl (Munich): What about Bibliomorphism?

Robert A. Winkler (Giessen): The Unabomber: The Politicization of the Form of the Log Cabin

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Panel 6: “Form and (New) Media Aesthetics: Images, Networks, Databases”

Max Bergmann (Giessen): From Database Cinema to YouTube Aesthetics: Digital Network Structures and Filmic Form

Julia Boeckling (Freiburg): “Privacy Is Theft”: Form and Social Media Engagement

Sarah Link (Freiburg): “The Camera Never Lies”: Photography and Objectivity in Fell

12:30-13:30 Lunch in Foyer

13:30-14:30 Closing Discussion

End of Conference

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